Nomad Foods Europe / Birds Eye

  • Assistant Data Manager

    Job Locations UK-Suffolk-Lowestoft
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/05/2018 14:04)
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  • Overview

    The R&D Data Management Team operates as ‘centre of expertise’ provider to the business in providing Specification, Data and Information management systems for use by the business to control the quality and safety of ingredients, packaging, products and processes.  To provide product information for use by the business, customers, consumers and regulatory, NGO and compliance organisations.  It also acts as a central ‘one-stop shop’ for technical queries from all interfaces across the business and from suppliers.


    The Assistant Data Manager is a significant role in the organisation which requires accuracy, attention to detail and a basic appreciation of products, ingredients and packaging and a good working knowledge of Nomad specification & data handling systems and processes.  The Assistant Data Manager is able to collaborate in a professional manner with Product and Packaging Developers, Procurement, QA and other business functions and external suppliers and organisations.  The role requires ability to ‘self-start’ and work independently with minimum supervision.  The role requires the ability to review ingredient and packaging specifications, to constructively challenge supplier comments to specifications, when there is a difference between what they are saying and Nomad Foods Europe requirements, to reach agreement.


    • Have a basic understanding of ingredients, supply chains & manufacturing processes through regular contact with suppliers, Product and Packaging Developers, Procurement, QA and SUs
    • To ensure that all specifications are written to meet Nomad Foods Europe standards and have been signed by suppliers, where required, to protect the business from potential liability
    • Conduct specification maintenance as required for BRC compliance or due to changes in Nomad requirements
    • Obtain signed specs from suppliers, check for, challenge & address any amendments, then attach & approve signed specs
    • To ensure that all data input into company systems is to the best of your knowledge correct and in accordance with company policy
    • Build and maintain strong relationships with colleagues in R&D and other functions (MUs, SUs, QA, Procurement, MWB, and Marketing)
    • Be seen as an ambassador for excellence in execution
    • Proactive and timely communication of opportunities, progress, issues, risks, etc to R&D management and key stakeholders.
    • Build and monitor new/existing product specification hierarchy and ensure completion; and provision of BoMs to SAP to enable production orders and purchasing
    • Raising of Codes in SAP completing basic master data as required by the business
    • Be the first point of contact within the Data Management team for 1 or more Nomad Sourcing Units &/or MUs
    • Search & extract non-critical specifications data, including buying reports & Harmony data
    • Maintain Users & audit as required
    • Conduct maintenance of specifications database by removing/making historic redundant data at an appropriate time
    • Mentor R&D Technologists and/or placement students

    • Embrace company values and culture change and drive self-development


    Applicants will be degree educated or equivalent (preferably in a science-related or food /nutrition related degree) and will have previous experience within the food/drink industry in a Technical/ Product Development role.


    Previous experience/knowledge and skills in the following would also be highly desirable.

    • Food raw material and process understanding
    • Product design and development
    • Quality Assurance
    • Understanding of consumer and customer requirements
    • Project management
    • Local and European Food Product and labelling regulations understanding
    • Specification origination
    • Recipe systems/SAP
    • European languages

    Applicants will need to also demonstrate an excellent eye for detail, be a team player and have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.


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