Senior Food Research & Development Technologist - Selby, Johannesburg
Rapid Recruiting
Johannesburg, South Africa
6d ago
source : Executive Placements

Senior Food Research & Development Technologist - Selby, Johannesburg

Salary up to R1M PA Negotiable based on experience

Reporting to : Research & Development Co-Ordinator

Requirements NON NEGOTIABLE :

  • Master in Food Technology, Nutritional Sciences with an added advantage for Quality Management
  • Minimum of eight years experience in Research and Development in a food manufacturing environment with a focus on bakery technology and applications.
  • Competency in project management and handling multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience in cooperative personnel management.
  • A sure feeling of food market trends, flavours, passionate and innovative in developments.
  • High-quality standards and a strong drive towards sustainability topics, clean labelling and legal compliance.
  • Experience in working with food safety management systems.
  • Competency in food chemistry and well acquainted with the function of ingredients, compiling specifications, ingredients lists and other back of pack information.
  • Knowledge of the South African food labelling legislation.
  • Competency in nutritional profiling and calculations.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office Skills, especially Excel with excellent mathematical skills for costing and capacity calculations and statistical evaluations are a basic requirement.
  • Experience in product development from briefing to launch including sensory evaluations.
  • Proficient in speaking and writing in English with report writing excellent oral and digital presentation skills.
  • Background

    You are working in a dynamic, high-performance environment. As a member of the Research & Development department, you will report to the Research and Development Co-ordinator.

    You will represent the Research & Development Co-ordinator in all aspects including project management and overseeing a team of up to five R&D Technologists with the prospect of growing into the position of the R&D Co-ordinator.

    Duties :

  • Trend-scouting internationally and driving the innovation process for a long-term product pipeline.
  • Own product development from briefing via lab and factory trials until execution in the factory including the accompanying documentation.
  • Projects comprise new developments as well as improvements to our existing range and solving technical questions relating to the production process improvements.
  • Designing, conducting and documenting sensory evaluations and tastings.
  • You screen scientific research and build up the company knowledge on ingredients, dough characteristics, fermentation and correlated sensory functionality.
  • Evaluation of marketing briefings and developing project plans form a costing, timing and feasibility point of view.
  • Designing production processes for new product lines and assisting in specifying equipment.
  • Management of various projects, allocating resources, following up on execution and timelines of milestones.
  • Generating and checking costings, back of pack information specifications, and other relevant documentation including instructions for photoshoots and packaging.
  • Liaison with the Marketing Department and Project Management in respect of concepts, packaging and the process of new product development.
  • Responsible for the maintenance and development of the recipe, ingredients and specifications database IMS.
  • A food safety team member and acting as a liaison to the Quality Assurance Department concerning GMP, HACCP, ISO standards, specifications, customer complaints and other quality matters.
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