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Product Safety & Compliance Technologist, Igloo Books

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Sywell
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Sywell

Job title: Safety & Compliance Technologist
Location: Sywell (hybrid)
Working pattern: Minimum of 30 - 37 hours per week - flexible working with three days per week at home and two days per week in the office
Department: Production
Reporting to: Production Director

General Summary

Want to be part of an AMAZING story?

Igloo Books are the global leader of mass market publishing and a key multi-territory and award-winning Disney Book Group licensee. Our content for children and adults spans the full spectrum of popular categories: illustrated story, activity, novelty, board, fiction, puzzle, reference, gift sets; available in 77 countries across 64 languages. We are proud to be the ‘go to’ publisher for high quality, exciting, volume sales.

If working in a fast-paced environment where we turn ideas and designs into exciting new products is for you, then come and join our production department.

We’re looking for a super organised, self-motivated individual who can rise to a challenge to join our amazing team as a safety & compliance technologist.

Key responsibilities

  • Overseeing new, high profile and high-risk product development. Working closely with the publishing and buying teams to ensure our products are designed in line with our target age ranges, meet our sustainability targets regarding plastic and packaging, and carrying out risk assessments.
  • Troubleshooting and reviewing all testing failures. Working with our buying team and safety laboratories to improve materials and components ensuring full compliance to relevant standards.
  • Reviewing BOMs, BOSs, MSDS and TRAs received from suppliers.
  • Reviewing safety labelling on all products; ensuring information is relevant and updated as per legislation requirements.
  • Keeping up to date on global legislation relevant to our products and ensuring information is filtered through to the required teams.
  • Heading up implementation of all new customer technical requirements such as: testing protocols, inspections, and factory audits.
  • Working closely with factories on setting up retailer audits in-house and troubleshooting where CAP’s are required.
  • Onboarding all new suppliers. Reviewing audits and facility documentation. Carrying out research to validate certification.
  • Ensuring all successfully onboarded suppliers maintain a level of CSR in line with our point of call for all retailers technical, QA and sustainability requirements.
  • Attending webinars and conferences to ensure full compliance to retailer’s goals and targets.
  • Working closely with the sales teams to provide technical and sustainability data and advice.
  • Representing the company at the Book Chain Project’s quarterly meetings.
  • Leading the R&D sustainability team alongside the production director. Spearheading research and developing strategies to reduce our plastic footprint.
  • Keeping up to date with Plastic & Packaging Tax and Extended Producer Responsibility Tax. Reporting the impact these have on our future products.
  • Sustaining a successful relationship between Igloo Books and our chosen laboratories.
  • Line management of the junior safety technologist. Maintaining a happy and productive work environment and completing ad hoc admin tasks such as holiday sign offs.

Work with great people

Shane Hegarty
Head of Operations
"From my earliest days in the company I have been encouraged and enabled to have an appreciable input into how, when and what gets done — which is a rare thing to obtain, or sustain, in any company."
Nick Stearn
Art Director
"My first impressions when I joined Bonnier Books UK were: "'Wow, this company is so different." It acts in a different way, it has energy, it's exciting."
Blanche Carballo
Audience Development Lead
"I’m glad to work with amazing people each day, and to know that my ideas are heard. It’s exciting to be part of a company that has ambition and wants to make an impact in everything it does."

Skills & Requirements

Qualifications and Experience

  • Experience with the Toy Safety Directive & REACH legislation is essential.
  • The ability to communicate with testing labs, and to read testing reports is essential.
  • To be able to read and communicate out test results to the wider team, and discuss possible corrective action plans
  • A keen interest in sustainability and a willingness to improve our products to make them as environmentally sustainable as possible.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office knowledge, particularly Excel.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, as well as a can-do attitude.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including communicating with suppliers, customers, and internal teams across many levels.

Great Place to Work

  • Competitive Salary

  • Working with a team of passionate, talented people

  • Internal learning and development programmes

  • Career Development opportunities

  • Fun social events

About the company

At Bonnier Books UK, we believe that every book matters. We love to publish stories and content that open our eyes to new perspectives and bring us closer together. We offer a nurturing home for our authors, illustrators and brand partners, publishing bestselling books for readers and listeners everywhere. We know that fantastic stories can come from anywhere and our purpose is to bring them to as wide an audience as possible, a simple ethos that has led to us becoming one of the country’s leading publishers.

The offspring of Bonnier Books, a family-owned top-15 world publisher headquartered in Sweden, we are inspired by a rich literary heritage but not bound by convention. We think in generations rather than quarters, and strive always to operate in an open, curious way that contributes to the future of the planet and its people. As a climate-neutral publisher we are an active participant in the Science Based Target initiative, committed to a strategy to limit global warming to 1.5 °C.

Hayley Hale | Contact Person

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