Master Baker (Cakes / Desserts / Baking) Durban
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.
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 Standardisation (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.
A food safety team member and acting as a liaison to the Quality Assurance Department concerning GMP, HACCP, FSSC / ISO standards, specifications, customer complaints and other quality matters.
Serving as a contact to suppliers and the Headquarters in Germany.
Implementing and maintaining of systems and processes for product costings, nutritionals, recipes and packaging information for all ranges of products
Functioning as the head of the R&D team with approximately 4 direct reportable and reporting to the R&D director.