Food Engineer (Cakes / Desserts / Baking) Durban
R40 000 + Based on experience and qualifying criteria
A degree or equivalent (or higher will be advantageous) in Food Technology, Nutritional sciences / Dietetics with an added advantage for Quality management.
The candidate should have at least six years experience in Research and Development / New Product Development in a Cake / Desserts / Baking FMCG manufacturing environment.
The position requires proven scientific knowledge in the fields of baking / food technology, nutrition and good technical understanding with special focus on Cakes / Desserts / Baking.
Having master baker credentials would be an advantage.
Your ability to scientifically scrutinize existing formulations and find potential ways to both improve quality / yields / costs will play a large part in your objectives and KPI s.
Experience in managing own projects; product specification; nutritional calculations; product costings; conducting sensory tastings;
planning and executing production trials and shelf-life testing.
Proficient in speaking, reading and writing in English with report writing skills and compilation ability.
Advanced Microsoft Office Skills, especially Excel with excellent mathematical skills.
Prior experience in working with Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Food Safety Systems Certification (FSSC) and the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) standards.
Developing new products from concept to launch according to the supplied brief, including management of costings, Nutritionals, specifications, documentation and preparation for photoshoots.
Searching the market for trends and new product ideas.
Reformulating existing products for product improvements, cost-saving, best practice in clean-labelling and technical changes.
Lab and production trials launch productions and training of production staff.
Designing, conducting and documenting sensory evaluations and tastings.
Liaison with the Marketing Department in respect of concepts, packaging and the process of new product development.
Compiling and checking ingredient lists, packaging information and specifications.
Reporting and keeping complete record documents.
Taking responsibility for all matters concerning sustainability and clean labelling.