Gareth Parkinson

  • 8 Kenyon Road, Swinley, Wigan, UK

Technical Manager

Work History

Work History
Nov 2010 - Present

Technical Manager

GH Sheldon Wholesale Bakers Ltd

I currently hold the role of Technical Manager for Sheldon's Bakery in Manchester, reporting directly to the Directors of the business with the sole responsibility for Technical, Food Safety including HACCP and the Quality Management System.

During my time at Sheldon's I have successfully obtained BRC Grade A Accreditation each year consecutively, obtained and maintained Tesco PIU Green Accreditation, obtained and maintained Supplier Approval Status with major clients including Warburtons, Allied Bakeries, Co-Op and Lidl.

My role also includes a very detailed role in the development of products both internally and for third party customers. I have generated business with all the major multiples and working alongside the Sales Account Manager have increased the business with Aldi to over double the original level through successful tendering processes and product development.

I have successfully created and implemented a robust Allergen System, Quality Management System, multiple HACCP Systems for different bakeries and processes,  and created a Risk Assessment based Hygiene Systems from scratch.

I am also responsible for completing Product Specifications, in both an internal format and on the many retailer systems including Co-Op Core, Tesco Technical Library, Aldi's SVA System and Sainsbury's Inspire program. I am also familiar with the SEDEX System.

I am responsible for all audits that the business undertakes, from unannounced supplier audits to BRC Accreditation and Supplier Approval. I am trained in Supplier Auditing and have visited suppliers on several occasions to complete audits. I manage the Supplier Approval system from start to finish.

I also work closely with the Directors in many other aspects of the business and played a key role in the rebranding of the Sheldon's range in 2014, the implementation of new machinery in 2012, 2013 and 2014 including completing Pre-Delivery Inspections of machinery.

May 2010 - Nov 2010

Web Designer

Vivid Web Design UK

After being made redundant in May 2010 due to a department closure, I decided to turn my passion for technology and web design into more than a hobby. I successfully created a number of websites for a wide variety of independent small businesses and private clients, many of which are still in operation today. Although I enjoy Web and Graphic Design it does not offer the variety of challenges a professional role within Food Manufacture does, which is why I returned to the Food Manufacture sector. I still maintain a small presence within the Web and Graphic Design industry on a hobby basis during my spare time. Some of my websites include; www.pwfireservices.co.uk, www.wigandrivercpc.co.uk, www.securitywise-nw.com, www.chorleyalarms.co.uk, www.giftsbynicola.co.uk, www.reedsolutionsuk.co.uk

Jan 2008 - May 2010

Process Leader - Morning Goods

Premier Foods

After completing the interim cover as Process Leader in Crumpets, I was given the opportunity to manage a shift in Morning Goods, a position I held for over 2 years. Again I was responsible for all aspects of managing the shift including: Staff Management, Holidays & Sickness Management, Order Processing, Stock Control, Orderfill, Production Planning, Time Management of both People and Products, HACCP including CCP monitoring, Documentation Control, Quality Control, Food Safety, Hygiene and Health & Safety.

Mar 1999 - Jan 2008

Interim Process Leader - Crumpets and Various Roles

Premier Foods

I started working for Premier Foods in March 1999 as a Technical Services Operative and moved into production in 2001. I worked my way through the production process learning each job role withing the Morning Goods Department until I took the role of Process Support in 2004. I held this role for over 3 years before moving into the position of Interim Process Leader for the crumpets department in October 2007. Working on a shift basis as part of a team of 3 Process Leaders, I was in charge of an entire shift managing all aspects of the day to day running of the shift including: Staff Management, Holidays & Sickness Management, Order Processing, Stock Control, Orderfill, Production Planning, Time Management of both People and Products, HACCP including CCP monitoring, Documentation Control, Quality Control, Food Safety, Hygiene and Health & Safety.

Education

Education
1999 - 2002

National Diploma

Wigan & Leigh College
Passed with Merit a National Diploma in Computer Studies. Studied 12 months HND Software Engineering.
1994 - 1999

GCSE

St John Fisher RC High School
Obtained 10 Higher Grade GCSE Passes.

Skills

Skills

Food Safety

Food Safety Management System

HACCP

BRC

Specifications

Quality Management

Pest Control

RSPO

Certifications

Certifications
Sep 2011 - Present

CIEH HACCP Level 3

CIEH

Level 3 Certification in HACCP.

Jul 2012 - Present

Supplier Auditing

Verner Wheelock Associates

Certificate in Supplier Auditing.

Jun 2011 - Present

Tesco Technical Library, TFMS & Tesco Specification Completion

Tesco PLC

Multiple certificates in the Tesco Technical Library, Food Writing Specifications and the Tesco Food Manufacturing Standard.