Ingredients Quality Manager


Job Description:

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Whittaker’s, an iconic New Zealand company

An opportunity to be part of a kiwi success story

A Fixed term, full-time contract opportunity

A family-owned and operated company since 1896, Whittaker’s chocolate is an iconic name in New Zealand. Voted New Zealand’s Most Trusted Brand for the past 10 years running, Whittaker’s is a Kiwi success story and a brand all New Zealander’s trust and love.

PLEASE NOTE: this role is based in Porirua, Wellington. You must be living in this region or prepared to move (once lockdown finishes) there to take up this opportunity.

The Job

With our Ingredients Quality Manager going on maternity leave we are seeking an experienced food quality professional to join our team on a fixed term contract to cover this gap and support the Head of Quality. Managing a team of 10, this position oversees all quality aspects in raw material supply, inwards-goods inspection and delivery to the production lines. This includes liaison with suppliers, auditing, oversight on materials testing etc., but is certainly not limited to these responsibilities. This person will also be responsible for continuously improving the efficiency of the sorting area by reviewing workflows, zoning, value stream mapping and 5S.

The Person

As a preferred candidate you will have a relevant qualification in food science/technology and a solid background in food sector quality and compliance. Ideally you will have experience in ingredient source and supply but more important will be your ability to quickly learn the skills you need, develop the relationships (internal and external) and establish yourself as the driver of compliance in this area. Previous experience in quality control and raw material release is a strong benefit. You’ll also had a proven ability to gain confidence in your team and support them in their roles.

To be successful in this role, you will have

A degree in Food Science, Food Technology or similar

Experience in food safety and quality assurance

Experienced in auditing suppliers

Proven team leadership and mentoring experience would be beneficial

Has a Can-Do attitude and able to adapt to change easily

Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills

Excellent written and verbal communications skills

Experience in working in a manufacturing site preferably food

Experience in lean manufacturing, value stream mapping and 5S would be beneficial

Experience in lean manufacturing, value stream mapping and 5S would be beneficial

On offer is an interesting and challenging role, working with a dedicated team of people. You’ll have time and support from the current incumbent to ensure you are up to speed before her departure and from the Head of Quality from the moment you join the team.

To apply for this position please click on the ‘APPLY’ button, or alternatively for a confidential and discreet inquiry contact Tony De Barr on 04 916 0541 or email

PLEASE NOTE: We can only consider applications from people already living and working in New Zealand for this position.

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Posted on: 

August 19, 2021