Head of Food Safety & Regulatory StandardsHead Office

“Everything about Asda”

We are a values-led organisation. As such we, encourage everyone to be open and honest. We work creatively and collaboratively, valuing everyone's input.

Our collaborative culture, the size of our business and our belief in the empowerment of the individual means opportunities at Asda are abundant.

We conduct £300m worth of transactions every week. Our website handles over 2 million transactions a month. We have more than 145,000 dedicated Asda colleagues ensuring that our customers are at the heart of everything we do.

“Everything you'll love.”

  • Hybrid and flexible working – everyone is looking for that work/life balance and Asda have it on point. Flexible working meaning you work where it works to meet both your needs and the business needs.
  • Discretionary bonus – Rewarding you for your hard work and efforts.
  • Company Pension Scheme matched to a limit – Looking forward to the future.
  • Minimum 24 days annual leave per year plus 8 bank holidays – Making sure you take time for yourself and switch off.
  • 4 weekly pay – which means you get an extra payday a year.
  • Digital GP and Wellbeing sessions – Asda genuinely cares so we create a culture where our people can perform at their best, the physical health and mental wellbeing of all our people is very important to us.
  • Discount off your shopping at Asda and George - with extra discounts running throughout the year – really makes a difference, saving the colleagues an average of £700 a year.
  • Career development and apprenticeship and graduate schemes - we want our colleagues to excel and grow with our business.
  • Free city centre parking – you can also use it outside working hours.

Plus, much more!

“That's more like it.”

“Find your role”

Do you want to be part of an exciting journey to accelerate Own Brand, do you want to build trust with customers and work in a fast paced retail environment? Have you had experience working in a regulatory/technical role within retail, leading a high performing team?

This role is pivotal in leading, developing and implementing the Food & Non Edible Due diligence framework effectively within the business to mitigate risk and to drive Brand reputation. The role is focused on both Own brand and the branded supply chain.

The role is pivotal in supporting both own brand and the wider business strategy. The successful candidate will be able to effectively influence and shape outcomes using their expertise and creativity to drive forward business solutions.

You will be accountable for leading the team who are focussed on delivering the 6 key areas of the Food & Non Edible Safety Framework a) Audit Framework b) Product Testing c) Policy & Legislation d) Data Systems & analytics e) Product Design & Specifications and e) Incident management. You will be responsible for embedding the framework within the business successfully, engaging key stakeholders across Own Brand and Commercial, ensuing everyone is engaged and aligned and that all colleagues understand their accountabilities in relation to Food and Non Edible Grocery

You will be accountable for identifying both risk and opportunities for the business, staying ahead of the latest thinking and industry issues to prepare the business for any future impacts, Horizon scanning will also form a key part of your role. You will represent Asda on key industry forums such as the BRC, FSA and work closely alongside stakeholders to influence/shape thinking on issues that are important to the business and to drive Asda reputation in the industry.

In this role you will work alongside the technical teams within Own brand supporting in an advisory capacity on many topics such as Food Safety Controls right through to Incident management, providing training and coaching where required.

You will also play a critical role building powerful partnerships within the wider Own brand and commercial team, our suppliers and beyond not only to drive and embed a Food Safety culture but to help to implement Business strategy effectively and at pace by providing solutions upfront.

To do this, you’ll develop a strong network, inspire others to embrace the journey and demonstrate a compelling business case for action. You’ll be very results focused, commercially astute , pragmatic, flexible and resilient as well as energised by change.

You’ll enjoy developing and mentoring colleagues across the business, developing talent and creating an environment for colleagues to thrive and grow.

“Let's find out about you.”

You will need a degree or equivalent in a relevant scientific area, experience of Food Manufacturing/processing knowledge and experience in leading retail or group technical/compliance teams. You will have a real passion for Food, driving change and working within a fast paced environment.

  • You’ll have a strong technical track record in a retail or retailer facing environment. You’ll have a good working knowledge of Food Manufacturing/processing environment
  • You’ll have excellent organisational & project management skills including the ability to identify, implement & lead change in the business through challenging, leading and influencing colleagues cross functionally.
  • You’ll demonstrate that you can persevere with significant challenges, finding creative ways to overcome barriers and bounce back from set backs.
  • You’ll will have an appetite for driving high standards and holding people to account, challenging the status quo.
  • You’ll have built a strong network of trusting relationships and be widely respected within the industry, influencing key stakeholders such as the FSA and being part of wider industry groups such as the BRC
  • You’ll have evidence of using data effectively to identify key focus areas and to mitigate risk effectively for the business, enabling resource to be directed to the right areas
  • You’ll have experience in application of 3rd party food standards and the accreditation process eg BRC.
  • You’ll be an experienced line manager, committed to coaching individuals and developing talent.
  • You'll enjoy working as part of a team, stepping forward to take the lead when appropriate as well as welcoming ideas from everywhere. You'll develop strong relationships across many functions, communicating confidently and representing the Technical & Quality function with high credibility.
  • You’ll be a good communicator with excellent written and verbal skills, able to communicate complex subjects clearly to stakeholders

“Find your everything at Asda” - bringing brighter living within everyone's reach.

We are passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive workforce, representative of the communities we serve, and are creating ways to inspire diverse talent to join Asda.

Work Where it Works

Our hybrid way of working gives you the choice to work where it works. This enables you to chose where you’ll be the most effective. It offers a mix of working from home and in an office environment that works best for you and your team.

You will also get an excellent benefits package including;-

  • Discretionary company bonus
  • £8,000 company car or car allowance
  • Company pension 1.5 times colleagues contribution (Max 15%)
  • 10% colleague discount, free parking and many additional rewards.

About You

We want all colleagues to be able to bring their best and true selves to work, every day. Simply put, we want our colleagues to be Proud to be Asda and proud to be themselves.

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