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Specifications Technologist

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Date: 06-Jan-2022

Location: Barnsley, GB

Company: Premier Foods

A great British food company 

Premier Foods is one of Britain’s biggest listed food companies, employing over 4,000 colleagues at 15 manufacturing sites and offices up and down the country.

Many of our brands have been part of UK life for more than a century and you’ll find them in 94% of British households.

At Premier foods we believe in inclusion, authenticity and individuality. We aim to ensure all existing and potential colleagues are given equitable opportunities and are respected, valued and encouraged to bring their true authentic selves to work no matter who they are, what they look like, who they love or what they believe in. Our culture is one where everyone is welcome. 


Specifications Technologist

Based in Carlton, Barnsley



Working as part of a great team and reporting into the Senior Specification Technologist, this role is varied and is required to write and maintain specifications for products supplied and produced by and on behalf of Premier Foods. Collation, validation and accurate input of data is required into Retailer and Premier Foods specification databases.  Responsibility for generating pack copy data and reviewing artwork to ensure that the pack information is accurate.  Ensuring provision of data is conducted in a timely manner and to the correct “Gold” standard. Ongoing maintenance of data as required to ensure all information is correct and up to date.


What you'll be doing:

  • Ensure all necessary information is presented in a format to enable the generation of a finished product specifications and product labels which meets with all relevant legislation.
  • Create specifications for retailers, foodservice, B2B and branded products and ensure all data is correct and accurate.
  • Process, check and approve specifications.
  • Ensure all necessary and accurate legislative information is incorporated into the specifications, ensure compliance to customer policies for own label products and internal polices for branded products.
  • Be the point of contact between Premier Foods and Premier Foods customer/supply base where and when required.
  • Ensure all necessary information is presented in a pack copy format to enable the generation of a product label which meets with all relevant legislation.
  • Understand, maintain and develop knowledge of retailer/foodservice plus other customer requirements to enable maintenance of customer specifications on their chosen systems/portals.
  • Liaise with Factory Technical, Procurement, Legal, NPD, BAM’s, TAM’s, Marketing and Project Managers to ensure products are compliant and the correct data is used to complete customer and branded specifications and the generation of pack copies.
  • Checking of artwork to ensure that it is compliant, correct and reflective of the specification.
  • Answering enquiries relating to the products managed including allergen, ingredient and nutritional information.
  • Working with the manufacturing sites to ensure product and process knowledge is maintained as well as ensuring that all documentation required for specification purposes such as HACCP documentation and analytical information is provided in a timely manner.


What we need from you:

  • Graduate - No experience necessary as full training and ongoing support will be provided.
  • Technologist - Current experience within Food Industry and/or Specification writing experience.


  • IT Competent
  • Strong communication and influencing skills 
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks/projects whilst delivering results against tight deadlines
  • Ability to transfer data accurately
  • Ability to work without supervision and on own initiative, self-motivated/driven
  • Well organised
  • Good team player