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Interim Specification Writer

05/03/20 Kildare Neg


I have an immediate requirement for two Interim Specification Writers to join one of Ireland’s largest food businesses on a 3-month contract.

The chosen candidates will be responsible for providing and maintaining Specification, Data and Information management systems for use by the business to control the quality and safety of ingredients, packaging, products and processes.

This 3 month interim position will focus on a project with Sainsbury’s to ensure that specifications for their new own-label range are accurately completed on time. Previous experience using Sainsbury’s system is essential for this role.

Salary negotiable DOE, start date ASAP.


  • Ensure that all specifications are written to customer standards and have been signed by suppliers, where required, to protect the business from potential liability.
  • Update specifications based on internal and customer feedback.
  • Report status of specifications internally and externally and identify and resolve gaps.
  • Write and approve specifications to ensure that all data input into company and customer systems is to the best of your knowledge correct and in accordance with policy.
  • Liaise with R&D, NPD, Quality Assurance, Procurement, Sourcing, Marketing, Technical teams and Suppliers.
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with colleagues and customers.

Skills, qualifications & experience required:

  • Food Science Degree or similar.
  • Experience in specification writing on Sainsbury's Evolve system is essential.
  • Excellent attention to detail and the ability to work to tight deadlines and objectives.
  • Food raw material and process understanding, Quality Assurance knowledge and nutrition awareness.
  • Local and European Food Product and labeling regulations understanding, specification origination.
  • Recipe systems/SAP.
  • Excellent team player with the ability to build and leverage internal and external alliances and work effectively in a lean environment.
  • Maintains a positive and confident attitude when constant change occurs, encouraging others to do the same.

Please apply by sending your CV to Brona Clarke at or call for more information.

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