Carl Stamp


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NAME Carl Stamp JOB Technical Manager COMPANY QV Foods AGE 27 SALARY* £25 - 45,000 *industry average

WHo DO You Work FOr?

I work for QV Foods, we are a potato and vegetable business growing and packing for Retail, Food Service, supplies bulk in both Fresh and prepared produce.

What do you do?

I am a customer facing Technical Manager at QV Foods. It is my job to ensure the safety, quality and legality of the products we supply to our customers. A major part of this role is to develop and maintain the Quality Management System, which also involves internal auditing, data analysis and reporting, and visiting suppliers and customers.

Have you had similar jobs?

Yes, I have had a variety of jobs that have developed skills to support my current job. These include being a Production Operative, Production Supervisor, Quality Control Operative, Quality Auditor, Technical Assistant, and a Technical Coordination Manager.

Did you always want to be a Technical Manager?

Not always. When I left college I wanted to work in the IT industry.

What do you like most about your job?

I love the variety of work. No two days are the same, which keeps the role fresh and engaging. I get involved with every department, from procurement to engineering to new product development. This gives me great overall understanding of how a fresh produce business operates. I also like the satisfaction I gain from making a positive contribution to the future of the business.

And what’s not so great?

There are certain times of the season when things are extremely hectic. This often requires difficult decisions to be made involving many departments and agendas, which can get very complicated. This is standard across the fresh produce industry though. A good work ethic is vital to success.

What’s your long term ambition?

I am very happy with my current role and I see myself working in the fresh produce industry for the foreseeable future. Whether I choose to remain within the same department for the next ten years is a decision that I’m yet to make. QV Foods have invested a lot in my development and I believe it is a great place to continue to learn about the industry.

What advice would you give to someone trying to get into agriculture?

The key to success is to be conscientious in your work. Interest in the industry is also necessary - a lack of knowledge when you start is understandable, but a lack of interest is not!

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