The Role

Here at Hain Daniels we are currently recruiting for a QA Team Leader. 

To lead, develop and manage the on-shift, primary technical provision to the manufacturing unit. To contribute to ensuring that the unit meets legislative, customer, accreditation and company requirements. To act as the first point of factory Technical contact for Ops, Engineering and other department and to provide a dynamic and proactive factory Technical presence.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Deputy to QA Manager - able to adopt key responsibilities from that role on an occasional, ad-hoc, and longer defined term as needed.
  • Collect Key Performance Indicator data with a view to developing statistical measure of business performance.
  • Personal completion of internal audits as assigned through the schedule - may require occasional weekend or overnight working to cover specific audits.
  • Build and maintain knowledge of legislative, customer, accreditation and internal business requirements.
  • Work with audit team during investigations into micro issues collecting sampling and auditing process.
  • Provide advice to Operations and Engineering teams on technical (legal, quality, safety, integrity) matters.
  • Authorise risk assessed concessions consistent with maintaining food safety, quality and legality when the need to deviate from procedure arises.
  • Manage and develop QA team members.
  • Management of the time and attendance of QA Operative.
  • Adopt an open / alert manner (as an alternative to being entirely task focussed) and issue non-conformances / quarantine notices as appropriate outside of routine task list.
  • Adopt an open and proactive manner during factory time, ensuring that issues are fixed "in the moment" where possible and consulting with colleagues where appropriate to facilitate rapid solutions.
  • Be alert to - and appropriately escalate - developing trends in areas of responsibility / expertise.
  • Play an active role in the HACCP team as required.
  • Provide specific reports to the business that measure performance in areas of responsibility.

What you will need for the role / what it will take

  • Degree/HND in a food or science discipline.
  • Lead Auditor qualified.
  • Experience in chilled food at a supervisory level.
  • Internal auditing experience.
  • Supplier auditing experience.
  • Experience in team / individual management and development.
  • Understanding of systems which control food safety. integrity, legality, quality e.g. HACCP, GMP, Hygiene.
  • Understanding of food microbiology.
  • Understanding of food labelling.
  • Computer literate.
  • Clear communicator.
  • Ability to coordinate effectively with wider audit team members across a number of departments / disciplines.

About Us / what we do:


At our Corby site we manufacture freshly prepared fruit, freshly squeezed juices and smoothies, and fresh fruit patisserie and fruit jellies for the retail channel. For over 30 years, Orchard House Foods have remained the UK’s market leader in ready-to-eat fresh fruit products, fresh fruit patisserie and drinks for leading UK retailers. Our commitment to innovation and NPD is renowned, as is our investment in our people. Our manufacturing sites and processes are some of the best invested and cutting-edge in the industry and are certified to the BRC Global Standard for Food Manufacturing, Grade A.

Why join us?

At Hain Daniels we’ve developed a real recipe for success: we create tasty food and drinks with goodness at their core, and work with some incredible brands whose ethos is the same as ours. At the core of everything we do are our people: without them, we simply wouldn’t be a market-leading food and drink specialist.

The typical Hain Daniels employee is friendly, hard-working and passionate about what they do. And by showing such commitment to us, we reward our team members with a lovely place to work and the chance to achieve their potential; with plenty of opportunities for personal development. We offer generous pay and a genuine opportunity to help the business grow.