QEHS Manager - Taw Valley


Devon, GB

Arla Foods are looking for a QEHS manager to join the site Leadership Team at our Dairy manufacturing site in Taw Valley. Situated in West Devon, Taw Valley produces award winning, high quality cheeses including Tickler, BOB, Cheddar and Red Leicester for our retail and foodservice customers.



  • Competitive salary
  • 26 days
  • Annual Pay review
  • Employer pension matched up to 6% (12% total contributory)
  • X4 annual salary life assurance cover
  • Flexible Benefits- buy up to 5 days annual leave, reward gateway scheme- discounts with various retailers via my benefit platform.
  • Strong career development & training (internal and external training)


Job Description

As Quality, Environment, Health & Safety Manager, you’ll drive the QEHS culture on site, providing health & safety as well as technical expertise. This is a fast- paced operation, where ambition and long term strategy is championed. Reporting in to the Site Director, you’ll build relationships with your colleagues across the site, as well as our group function, to understand the goals of the site and Business, and formulate strategies to collaboratively achieve them.


Key Responsibilities

Develops and manages the QEHS function ensuring relevant certifiable standards/policies, customer demands, and legislation and local standards in a cost-conscious manner.


  • Leads the way and connects Arla Foods’ vision, mission, strategy and values to activities within their own department and for their Dairy/site.
  • Drive the site business plans linked to Arla’s Strategy 26 plans.
  • Develop a long term QEHS change management strategy for site.
  • Ensures that the Dairy/site complies with Arla Foods’ standards and policies as well as the applicable legislation and customer requirements related to QEHS area including maintaining certificated
  • standards.
  • Communicates, advises and complies with corporate and BG QEHS standards/policies, customer demands, and legislation in relation to national and local conditions. Works closely with BG QEHS/Global QEHS and contributes to solutions
  • Applies Arla Foods’ management systems to within own Dairy/site and carries out internal and external audits.
  • Contributes with QEHS knowledge in relevant projects both on-site, in business groups and with the Group QEHS team.
  • Ensures continuous improvement via QEHS improvement projects and applying a lean way of thinking.
  • Drives the H&S culture and mindset on site.
  • Ensures EHS risk assessments of all changes with potential impact on significant EHS areas
  • Responsible for the development of the food safety-team/HACCP/TACCP and EHS risk assessment team, and evaluates and resolves major non-conformances.
  • Continuously develops to acquire new knowledge in relation to QEHS and communicates this to their teams and the site.
  • Ensures a healthy, inclusive and safe working environment
  • Lead, coach and develop Team and organization based on Our Leadership, Our Character and Our responsibility according to annual people processes
  • Ensures that the department complies with Arla Foods’ standards, policies as well as applicable law and Health & Safety procedures and mindset.
  • Takes leadership in developing, anchoring and role model a lean/safety/quality/food safety/sustainability/digital/continuous development culture.
  • Financial understanding and work within the framework set by corporate finance, as well as being responsible for managing QEHS budgets and leading continuous improvement projects to reduce wate, improve efficiency and quality.
  • Maintains, monitors and reports QEHS data to dairy/site and BG/global stakeholders.
  • Coordinates complaints and local crisis management within QEHS.
  • Manages, develops, trains and coaches stakeholders in QEHS and leadership themes.
  • Responsible for laboratories in house and external partners.
  • Responsible for handling and resolving customer-related QEHS issues.
  • Ensures updated environmental approvals and permits for the Dairy and partners with relevant internal and external stakeholders.



Who are you?

The successful candidate will need to possess exceptional leadership skills as well as an ability to build relationships with a variety of stakeholders. You will need to lead and drive our QEHS culture, standards and improvements throughout the siter as well as instil a culture of continuous improvements to improve year on year performance.


Educational background/Experience

  • Min 5 years of technical experience with food safety, QA, HS or production
  • Solid managerial experience
  • Postgraduate degree (M.Sc.)


What you’ll need in order to be successful in the role

  • Leadership experience within a food manufacturing environment – this could be Technical/ Quality, Environment, Health & Safety Manager.
  • A people- focused and commercial approach
  • A naturally strategic way of thinking
  • Degree qualified or equivalent within a relevant discipline
  • Recommended: NEBOSH, Haccp level 4, Food safety level 4, Internal audit experience, ISO14001 experience, retailer experience.



Things We’d Love To Tell You About Arla

  • We are a farmer- owned cooperative. That means we are committed to partnering with farmers so they are guaranteed a fair price for their milk.
  • We experimented with poo powered trucks (google it- you won’t regret it), and built the world’s first ever 100% carbon neutral dairy. All as part of our ongoing commitment to combatting climate change.
  • We are the producer of Lurpak, one of the world’s most iconic butter brands.
  • We are a Danish business, operating across the UK, Europe, Asia, The Middle East, North America, South America and other regions across the globe.


Please apply using the link or reach out to Olivia Pine, Talent Partner. The closing date for this position is the 8th September 2023. 

Please note we are not partnered with any recruitment agencies for this role. We kindly ask that recruitment agencies do not submit CVs on behalf of candidates for this role, as these CVs will not be considered under the agency ownership and if Arla does progress with any such candidate, this will not amount to acceptance of the agency's terms. We encourage interested individuals to apply directly through our official channels.

We have a purpose for Good

At Arla, we strive to unlock the highest potential in each other while working together to create a sustainable future of dairy. We call it Stronger People Stronger Planet and it is deeply anchored in our organisation and founded on our commitment to respecting human rights, increasing access to healthy dairy nutrition, inspiring good food habits, and improving the environment for future generations. In order to succeed we need to hire people with a sustainable mindset. Could this be you?

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