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QA Team Leader

Littleborough, United Kingdom

Type of contract: FTC for 6 months (with potential possibility to extend)






  • Ensure control procedures are in place, adequate and being adhered to in order to produce safe finished products meeting legal & customer requirements.
  • Manage allocated budget, assisting to meet departmental budget.
  • Challenge, influence and effect change to deliver improvements in GMP, factory and hygiene standards.
  • Effective control of non-conforming materials/ products (including correct and timely management of product status on SAP). 
  • Appropriate management of all food safety/quality incidents (including corrective action).
  • Be actively involved in customer visits and third party audits and play active role in helping site to prepare for audits/ visits.
  • Ensure full compliance with Company Quality, Food Safety, Health & Safety and Environmental requirements.
  • To understand and apply relevant food safety legislation and ensure that the team’s outputs meet these standards.
  • To have an understanding of HACCP relevant to the level of responsibility required and apply it appropriately.
  • Monitor and trend product conformity and actively identify areas for improvement.
  • Audit, monitor and recommend actions relating to traceability systems and process records pertaining to food safety, quality and legality.
  • Direct the QA Technicians and play a key role in their development to ensure function objectives are met and to meet future departmental requirements. Objective assessment of QA staff performance.
  • Provide timely and suitable support to the QA Lab Lead.
  • Deputise for the QA Lab Lead as appropriate and necessary.
  • Assist with customer complaint investigations and identification of appropriate corrective action.
  • Be involved with internal audit activities and recommend actions to help with continuous improvement programme.
  • Cover the QA technicians on shift in the event of sickness/ absence and holiday.
  • Be a key player in the effective management of the pest control contract.
  • Provide technical support for Operational, NPD, Central Technical and Commercial teams as required.




  • Educated to A-Level standard or equivalent. A formal technical qualification would be a distinct advantage.
  • Relevant QA and team leadership experience in a food manufacturing environment is essential.
  • Knowledge and experience of HACCP and BRC standard desirable.
  • Flexible and committed to quality and continuous improvement.
  • Eye for detail.
  • Be a team player with a “hands on” approach.
  • Good organisational and communication skills.
  • PC Literate.
  • Man-management skills.
  • Self starter and ability to work well under pressure.
  • Not afraid to make decision in “real time”.





At McCormick, we bring our passion for flavor to work each day. We encourage growth, respect everyone's contributions and do what's right for our business, our people, our communities and our planet.  Join us on our quest to make every meal and moment better.


Founded in Baltimore, MD in 1889 in a room and a cellar by 25-year-old Willoughby McCormick with three employees, McCormick is a global leader in flavour. With 13 000 employees around the world and more than $5 Billion in annual sales., the Company manufactures, markets and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavourful products to the entire food industry, retail outlets, food manufactures, food service businesses and consumers.


While our global headquarters are in the Baltimore, Maryland, USA area, McCormick operates and serves customers from nearly 50 locations in 27 countries and 135 markets in Asia-Pacific, China, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and the Americas, including North, South and Central America with recognized brands including Schwartz.


At McCormick, we have over a 100-year legacy based on our “Power of People” principle.  This principle fosters an unusually dedicated workforce requiring a culture of respect, recognition, inclusion and collaboration based on the highest ethical values. 





If you are looking for a new challenge and want to join a highly motivated team in a rewarding environment, seeking a competitive salary and benefits package and opportunity to work with a global flavour leader. Then please apply via our careers centre at


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McCormick & Company is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, colour, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.


As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our vacancies.




United by flavor. Driven by results.

As a McCormick employee you’ll be empowered to focus on more than your individual responsibilities. You’ll have the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself—to have a say in where the company is going and how it’s growing.

Between our passion for flavor, our 130-year history of leadership and integrity, the competitive and comprehensive benefits we offer, and our culture, which is built on respect and opportunities for growth, there are many reasons to join us at McCormick.