The job title

Specification Technologist

St Albans
Contract Type
Full time
St Albans, Hertfordshire
Job Type
Full time
Start Date
Mar 27 2024 12:00AM

12 months FTC

Who are we ?

We are FBC UK, Fox's Burton's Companies! ……And we bake the UK's most incredible biscuits (we might be slightly biased, but we will leave that for you to judge).

FBC UK was a match made in heaven, with two of the top UK biscuits manufacturers (Burton's Biscuits and Fox's Biscuits) coming together to create one unique, integrated company.

We are home to famous iconic brands, including Maryland, Fox's, Jammie Dodger & Rocky, to name just a few. We are proud manufacturing partners to some of the biggest UK retailers and household names. We bake our incredible biscuits at eight bakeries across the UK, located at Isle of Arran, Livingston, Blackpool, Llantarnam, Edinburgh, Kirkham, Batley & Dorset and our HQ in St Albans. Together, we employ circa 4,000 amazing colleagues across all our locations.  

We are currently the second biscuit manufacturer in the UK market with a strong ambition of becoming UK Market Leader.

Whilst we know that we have delicious products we also know that that the key ingredient to our success is our people, and the passion we have for our brands. You could be the jammy to our dodger, party ring to our Fox’s or the choc-chip to our Maryland?!   We knead people with innovative ideas, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the commitment to drive FBC UK to success.


What does your typical day look like?    

To ensure each product formulation has the relevant information available to write Customer and internal product specifications. Responsible for collecting, updating, inputting, challenging and maintaining the technical information on specifications to meet all legal and customer requirements. You will be confident in writing specifications for the major retailers. You will be required to work across a number of different systems including: Hamilton Grant, SAP, ASDA HIVE, Tesco, M&S and Aldi APP. Experience of reviewing Artwork and all legal requirements and against customer pack copies. 

What are the key ingredients needed for the role? 

Other key actions will be but not limited to:

  • Complete technical information requested by our customers to ensure correct information is presented at sample submission through to finished product specifications.
  • Assist the R&D function to load recipes onto our internal database in order to generate on pack information and check nutritional data for compliance.
  • Generate and check pack copy specifications and sign off all artworks and physical packaging to ensure legal compliance and adherence to customer policies within specified timeframes. 
  • Work with internal Brand teams to ensure consistency across our key brands.
  • Manage and maintain internal systems and records for compliance.
  • Attend team and site meetings and share information as required.
  • Co-ordinate Product Lock at point of artwork generation to identify project risks and flag to the project team.
  • Handle queries for both internal and external customers e.g. on ingredient composition. 
  • Obtain ingredient, audit and regulatory certificates as required and supply to Customers and Export authorities.

Other key actions will be but not limited to:

  • Solid knowledge and experience of working with retailer specifications and databases (e.g. Hamilton Grant, SAP, Tesco TQC, Asda HIVE, Aldi APP, M&S FIND etc) and what is required for a Gold Standard (minimum 1 year experience).  Training will be given on the systems you may not have had exposure to.
  • Ideally experience of working with moisture loss and baked product specifications
  • Good understanding of manufacturing ambient baked biscuits and snacks, process flows and HACCP.
  • Experience of allergen labelling.
  • High level of computer literacy - Microsoft Excel/Word/TEAMS and Internet based Retailer systems



  • A degree or equivalent experience in a food-related subject and knowledge of food labelling and legislation would be an advantage (including International law)


Core competencies

  • Must be extremely organised, with exceptional communication skills.
  • Drive, energy and enthusiasm – a good self-starter.
  • Able to work on your own initiative and as part of a team.
  • Methodical approach with good prioritisation skills, the ability to juggle between projects and work to short deadlines.


If you are ready to begin a career with real bite, we would love to hear from you so apply now by clicking the link below.