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Certification Officer - Livestock

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Date: 17-Jul-2021

Location: Edinburgh, GB, EH12 9DQ

Company: Lloyds Register

Job ID:33243
Location:Edinburgh : 6 Redheughs Rigg  
Position Category:Administration/Business Support
Position Type:Employee Fixed Term


Certification Officer - Livestock

Edinburgh - 12 months fixed-term contract


We have recently announced that Business Assurance and Inspection Services + Nettitude will be leaving the LR Group and will become a standalone business (LRQA) under the ownership of Goldman Sachs Asset Management.  It’s an exciting time to join our business as we have ambitious growth plans.  We are looking for talented people to join our business to help build on our strengths and transform our business to be the best partner for our customers.


Our Business Assurance business is a recognised, world-leading professional assurance services organisation.  We specialise in management systems compliance & expert advice across a broad spectrum of standards, schemes and business improvement services to include customised training & assurance.  In Inspection Services, we certify safety critical industrial equipment according to recognised codes, standards & regulations.  We also partner with companies to provide tailored high-quality inspection services throughout their manufacturing supply chains, making sure equipment is built safely & to their requirements.  With over 30 years’ experience of working across the food supply chain, LR has specialists able to assist dairies, livestock farmers, aquaculture sites, fisheries or crop producers with assurance requirements.  Our wide range of services covers everything from animal welfare to sustainability and environmental responsibility, giving a complete range of assurance services.


Specifically, through our food business LR provides a range of farm assurance services to 25,000+ farmers and growers throughout the UK & Ireland, including assessment and certification for leading brands such as Red Tractor (RT), Scottish Quality Cereals (SQC) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) as well as assessing compliance with environmental and high profile retailer schemes. Our certification portfolio covers a wide range of UK farming sectors and LR delivers assessment and certification for the Combinable Crop and Sugar Beet, Fresh Produce, Dairy, Pigs and Beef and Lamb Scheme,  thus providing members with the opportunity to benefit from combined assessments which saves them time and reduces cost and duplication whilst maximising market opportunities and potentially the benefit of reduced regulatory (government) inspections.


The Role

Working under the supervision of the Customer Services Assistant Manager (Certification), the Certification Officer will be primarily responsible for the technical review and certification decision of the audit for the key Livestock Schemes, namely Dairy, Beef & Lamb, Pigs, Livestock Markets and Livestock Haulage in accordance with the LR Quality Procedures, UKAS accreditation requirements and scheme owner KPIs.


You will:

  • Support the Customer Services Assistant Manager (Certification) in delivery of the technical review and certification decision for completed audit reports.
  • Work under the guidance of the  Manager, ensuring that key scheme KPI’s, SLA’s and other requirements are maintained through the regular review of RAG reports and validation data in the core systems.
  • Carry out application reviews and process scheme members/participants applications in accordance with the relevant Quality Procedures, meeting scheme SLA’s and KPI’s.

  • Ensure that information relating to members and participants is maintained and updated in accordance with relevant scheme SLA’s and KPIs.

  • Provide scheme support to auditors, members, participants and scheme staff.

  • Ensure that databases and client portals are updated in a timely manner, especially where membership, auditor, or client data changes.

  • Log corrective evidence onto the databases in a timely manner to ensure the certification process meets KPI’s.

  • Issue correspondence and certificates in line with Quality Procedures and KPI’s.

  • Focus on continual improvement of services to members, auditors and participants by taking part in internal and external events as required.


You will need:

- Qualifications

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant agriculture subject or a minimum of 2 years practical experience in the field of agriculture.
  • Hold an approved certification qualification (Red Tractor or equivalent) and/or experience in delivering or participating in farm assurance audits.
  • Knowledge and understanding of UK agriculture industry legislation and Codes of Practice.
  • Knowledge of agricultural quality assurance schemes within the livestock sector, including food safety assurance, traceability and organic certification.


- Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills either over the phone with a scheme member or when completing application forms for members or writing reports Focus on attention to detail
  • Ability to work without supervision
  • Ability to handle difficult customers and have difficult conversations, often over the phone
  • Well organised with the ability to plan and schedule work effectively
  • Ability to prioritise workload effectively
  • IT literate and experienced with Microsoft Office


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