Technical | QA Assistant

Full Time

Birtwistles Food Group

Technical | QA Assistant Irlam

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Are you an experienced Technical | QA Assistant looking for a new challenge?

A rapidly expanding successful group that encompasses all aspects of the meat trade is recruiting Technical | QA Assistants to join the technical team at our site in Irlam, Manchester on day shifts.

Our business which is a catering butcher, has over 100 years’ experience in the meat and farming industries. All products are prepared in the factory daily each customer’s specifications, packaged and labelled to and above legislation and then delivered direct throughout the UK.

We pride ourselves on being a people-focused business. Our goal is to support our team in achieving their career goals. We do this by providing a working environment that offers opportunity, support, scope, and pace of change.

Our culture is the foundation of our business and is reflect in our Mission, Vision, and Values statements.

The post-holder will be responsible for effectively contributing to the work of the technical department, ensuring that effective technical service to the site is maintained and developed.

The post holder will also be responsible for monitoring the factory quality & food safety systems and for determining that quality, safety, and legality are met at each stage of the process by liaising effectively with all relevant parties in a policing capacity. 

The main responsibilities of the role are:

  • Maintaining the Food Safety System policies and procedures
  • HACCP Studies
  • Document Control
  • Coordination of internal audits and distributing the results and ensuring all corrective actions are completed
  • Collecting micro samples as per schedule
  • Traceability
  • Investigations into complaints
  • Daily auditing of CCPs
  • Daily label checks
  • Calibration
  • Auditing of processing records
  • GMP/Fabric audits
  • Temperature checks
  • Quality checks

The nature of the role requires a flexible approach to working hours.

Core working hours are:

Days: Monday to Friday 7.00am to 4.00pm and one Saturday morning in four.

We would welcome applications for this Technical QA Assistant role with the following skills: Quality Assurance, Technical, Microbiology, Food Science, Food Technology, Compliance, Health & Safety, Food Safety, HACCP, Communication, IT Literate, Quality Standards, Organoleptic Techniques, Audit.


  • Staff sales
  • 20 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Birthday vouchers
  • Employee of the month bonus 
  • Free health checks

Essential Skills

For this Technical QA Assistant role, it is essential you have a minimum of two years in a technical role with a minimum of one year meat industry and BRC experience. 

Desired Skills

  • Verbal and written communication, negotiation, report writing and computer literacy
  • Team contribution and motivational skills
  • Knowledge of Food Legislation, Quality & Food Safety Procedures, HACCP microbiological and analytical techniques and interpretation of results and factory and company procedures, policies, and quality standards
  • Understanding of quality, safety and legality management, manufacturing, and statistical techniques
  • An appreciation of quality assurance associated with production and engineering priorities from a broad business perspective

About Company

Birtwistle’s started life as a family butcher over 100 years ago. Since then, the business has changed dramatically and none more so than in recent years.

In 2003 MJ Birtwistle & Co Ltd was established and marked the start of a new era in our history. Company growth has been dramatic, with the business expanding from one site at Worsley to 8 sites across the UK.

We’re always looking for great people to come and work with us. If you’ve got the right passion, drive and will to succeed then we’ll nurture this and give you the opportunities to forge a successful career at Birtwistle’s.

Essential Requirements

For this Technical QA Assistant role, it is essential you have a minimum of two years in a technical role with a minimum of one year meat industry and BRC experience. 

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