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The Food specialist The Interim Technical Food Specialist  It’s about results. CV - Peter Traves


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PeterTraves@thefoodspecialist.co.uk       www.TheFoodSpecialist.co.uk


Interim Technical Manager/Director with a highly professional approach. A problem solver with vision and positive energy who challenges the team and raises performance. With an eye for detail whilst quickly grasping underlying issues. Combines gravitas and high level strategic thinking with a pragmatic and hands-on approach. Delivers robust technical solutions - reducing business exposure to technical risks and inspires customer confidence.

Previous roles include Technical Director, Head of Technical, Technical Manager, BRC Auditor, and Tesco Technologist. Commercially and operationally astute with substantial complimentary perspective as General Manager, Sales Director and experienced in implementing Lean, Change and Mentoring.


Wide product experience – Cooked & Raw Meats, Pizza, Ready Meals, Pasta, Cake, Soup, Desserts, Sauces, Dips, Sandwiches, Poultry, Fresh Produce, Chocolate, Vegetarian, Fish

Supplied every major UK retailer, also foodservice and food manufacturers

‘Heavyweight’ technical specialist, bringing independent perspective, fresh insight and positive approach to lead and support the site teams in achieving goals

BRC Trained Auditor, with the knowledge of what will satisfy auditors

Former Tesco Technologist – experienced in managing major customer expectations

35 years in the food industry, including 20 years as Director

Multi-site experience and complex/difficult situations successfully dealt with

Qualified mentor & coach – Cranfield use example of leading staff through change


INTERIM HEAD OF TECHNICAL: New Ivory Mar 2015 to Present

Chilled sauces & gravies.

INTERIM SITE TECHNICAL MANAGER: Bakkavor Meals London Sep 2014 to Feb 2015

Chilled high care meals & sides for Tesco, M&S, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s. 980 staff.

Customer, factory and Bakkavor group facing for complex & challenging operation

Intensive launch programme whilst driving complaints, Listeria control and compliance

INTERIM TECHNICAL MANAGER: Whitworth’s Ltd.  Mar 2014 to Present

Baking ingredients and snacking products.

Customer facing for Sainsbury’s account

INTERIM SITE TECHNICAL MANAGER: Kerry Foods Ltd. (Burton) Jan 2014 to Feb 2014

High care ready meals for Tesco, Innocent, Morrisons. 14 production lines. 850 staff.

Led business-critical technical improvements, including Listeria reduction and restructure

Challenged & supported as part of Senior Leadership Team

INTERIM TECHNICAL MANAGER: 2 Sisters - Solway Foods Sep 2013 to Nov 2013

Chilled salad bowls and coleslaws for Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Costa.

Contributed to early stages of Technical turnaround of three factories.

Managed Technical Services and coordinated large team of senior technical interims.

INTERIM HEAD OF TECHNICAL: Bakkavor Laurens Sep 2012 to Sep 2013

Chilled high risk cream cakes, trifle, desserts, doughnuts and custard tarts for Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s. Largest Bakkavor site - 21 production lines 1,700 staff, £168m sales.

Achieved Tesco PIU Green, M&S PPC/Hygiene Silver-Silver and BRC A grade

Gained ‘Green’ for first time in history of Laurens from Bakkavor Central Technical

Achieved breakthroughs in micro and variability by challenging hygiene nightshifts - providing solutions to key problem machines, methods and practices.

Overhauled Policy Manual and HACCP to meet requirements of BRC, TFMS etc.

Checked and authorised specifications & artwork to meet new FIR labelling requirements.

Seamless transfer to permanent Head of Technical.

INTERIM TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Industrie Rolli Alimentari spa. Mar 2012 to Aug 2012

Pizza, ready meals, pasta, and prepared vegetables for Asda, Morrisons and leading European retailers. 2 large sites 125,000 m2, 750 staff. Largest frozen food producer in Italy.

Introduced UK technical standards and guided cultural change to achieve significant improvement in audit ratings and reduce business exposure to technical risks

Coached and mentored local Technical Manager to succeed as Technical Director

INTERIM TECHNICAL MANAGER: RH Amar & Co UK Ltd. Feb 2012 to Mar 2012

Importer & distributor of branded (Bertoli, Sacla, Cirio etc.) and own label (JS, Asda, Morrisons)

INTERIM TECHNICAL MANAGER: Finlays Fresh Produce UK Ltd. Sept 2011 to Jan 2012

Premium and prepared fresh vegetables for Tesco, Sainsbury, M&S, and Morrisons. 24/7  packhouse operation with £80m sales, 320 staff. Largest operation of its type

Managed technical matters following loss of both Technical Manager and Technologist

Safeguarded service & relationship with largest customer;  Tesco with £1m sales per week

Hosted Tesco PIU audit, successfully retaining ‘Green’ status


Formerly 'The Sauce Company'. Award winning high risk chilled & frozen soups, sauces and dips to retail & foodservice sectors. 24/7 operation. £45m sales. 320 staff.

Joined as Interim to overcome  series of serious technical difficulties and deliver successful BRC audit result; within 7 weeks gained best BRC result in history of TSC

Successfully created and shaped strategy, and delivered operational excellence

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR: Hain Celestial UK Ltd. Dec 2007 to Jan 2008:

Manufacturer of M&S sandwiches, Linda McCartney vegetarian products & ready-meals

Developed strategy for business turnaround of Linda McCartney factory (15,000 m2)

Worked to reduce start-up delays, and increase output of key lines by up to 100%

GENERAL MANAGER: Fabulous Bakin’ Boys Manufacturing Ltd. Dec 2001 to Nov 2007:

Manufacturer of baked goods to retailers, coffee chains and dessert manufacturers. 24/7 operation. £25m turnover. 150 staff.

Led design and delivery of innovative growth strategies including identifying and targeting new markets and strengthening existing relationships to grow business 300% in 5 years

Delivered full manufacturing capabilities from high volume to premium craft operations

INTERIM SITE MANAGER: Ackermans Ltd, London  Nov 2000 to Dec 2001:

Chocolate confectionery manufacturer, by Royal Appointment. 130 staff.

Achieved over 100% business growth whilst leading business turnaround

Defined, planned and implemented innovative re-layout of production and packing to increase throughput of required products by 400%

Developed competent, flexible, motivated & disciplined team enabling halving headcount

Watchbell Ltd. Nov 1990 to Jan 2000:

Chilled/frozen high risk cooked meats as ingredients to pizzas, ready meals, baby food.

SALES & TECHNICAL DIRECTOR  Mar 1995 to Jan 2000

Responsible for Food Safety, Quality, Sales and Laboratory for 2 sites

Focused on technical nature of the business to achieve commercial success

TECHNICAL MANAGER  Nov 1990 to Mar 1995

Responsible for developing a reputation for technical excellence with customers.

Preceded by 10 years solid experience with 'blue chip' companies, including:-

Ashmount Foods (Glanbia) – Technical Manager - Responsible for 6 sites involving 'high risk' cooked meats, cooked poultry, sandwiches, raw meats

Tesco Technologist - Working with virtually all food types; promoted to manage high risk

Buxted Poultry Factory Quality Controller – Largest UK frozen whole chicken site

Birds Eye - Development Assistant - Fish & vegetables


Accredited Associate of Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (ACIEH)

Associate Member of the Institute of Quality Assurance (AMIQA)

Cranfield Fellowship in Manufacturing Management (FMM)


Food Safety Advanced (level 4) with Merit     2012  Campden BRI

Food & Drink Labelling                                 2011  Campden BRI

BRC Auditor                                              2009  BRC

Business Mentoring & Coaching: Year 1         2009  University of Northampton

HACCP Intermediate with Honours                2002  Royal Institute of Public Health

Fellowship in Manufacturing Management       2001  Cranfield University

General Management                                 1999  Cranfield School of Management

HND Food Technology with Distinction          1983  Grimsby