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R&D Technologist

Requisition ID 38348
Position Type FT Permanent
Recruiter #LI-SS1
Posting Type LI


About Kerry


Kerry is the world's leading taste and nutrition company for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Every day we partner with customers to create healthier, tastier and more sustainable products that are consumed by billions of people across the world. Our vision is to be our customers' most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition. A career with Kerry offers you an opportunity to shape the future of food while providing you opportunities to explore and grow in a truly global environment.


Our Values: Courage | Ownership | Inclusiveness | Open-Mindedness | Enterprising Spirit


About the role


Work Location:       Murarrie, Brisbane, Australia 
Reporting To:          RD&A Manager Savoury EUM & Culinary


In this role, you will work closely with business development and meat EUM technologists to develop an understanding of the market and customer needs to develop market suitable product concepts within specific parameters identified by the customer. At the same time, you will work closely with cross functional team and build strong relationships with customers, providing excellent service in terms of concept development, sample delivery, product presentations and process support.


Key responsibilities


•    Lead development from end to end on customer projects that will be produced in Murarrie, Brisbane.
•    To support the development of innovative & technically sound food ingredient systems, with emphasis on:

  • Coating systems across poultry, meat and non-meat applications.
  • Functional meat ingredients for poultry, meat and non-meat applications, such as cured products, meat brines and tumble marinades, functional phosphate blends, sausage premixes, shelf-life extenders & yield improvers.
  •  Meat flavouring systems and seasonings.

•    Use sound commercial and technical awareness of ingredients, processes and customer requirements to deliver `right first time’.  
•    Develop innovative solutions to help grow customer and Kerry’s market within cost parameters, manufacturing capability whilst ensuring all new products are legal within country of use.
•    Manage pilot plant validation work and facilitate first production trials of new recipes internally and with customers.
•    Create value added products with a point of difference from our competitors continuing to lead in the market through manufacture process and ingredient knowledge.
•    Build strong relationships with customer contacts within key accounts via visits, presentations and supporting trials in customer factory when required.
•    Work closely with business development to understand customer requirements.
•    Maintain awareness of developments across Kerry, building these into new developments, providing USPs for customers.
•    Carry out competitor & product awareness analysis – including sensory product evaluations and carrying out own retail reviews as required typically in conjunction with business development.
•    Actively utilise, review and expand Kerry collection products in line with business requirements.


Qualifications and skills


•    Open to fresh graduates with Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Food Tech or related field.
•    Experience in ingredients for meat, coating, marinades or dry culinary is an advantage.
•    Strong team player, interpersonal, organizational, and project management skills with a commitment to fulfilling customer needs.
•    Ability to be analytical and solve complex problems, complimented with strong creative and innovative thinking skills.
•    Ability to meet deadlines, self-managed and ability to handle multiple tasks with speed and accuracy, independently or as part of a team.
•    Collaborate effectively with a variety of cross –functional departments.


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