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R&D Commercialization Specialist

Requisition ID 30457
Position Type FT Permanent
Recruiter #LI-MV1
Posting Type LI

About Kerry


Founded in 1972 in Co. Kerry, Ireland, the Kerry Group has annualised sales in excess of €7 Billion and supplies over 18,000 food ingredients and flavour products to customers in more than 140 countries worldwide. We have established over 150 manufacturing sites, operate in over 30 countries, and employ 25,000 people worldwide. 


Kerry has been present in the Asia-Pacific region since 1997 and has grown its business to become a supplier of choice for our regional and local customers. With over 4,500 employees across the Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa (APMEA), Kerry has many exciting opportunities at our many Development & Application Centres, Sales Offices and Manufacturing sites. Spread over 18 countries – and growing – Kerry plays a large role in supplying food & beverage solutions to this diverse region. 

About the role


Work Location: Butterworth, Penang (MALAYSIA)
Reporting To:    Senior Commercialization Specialist


Key responsibilities


  • Responsible for preparation, communication, coordination and gather relevant information for Commercialization & Improvement trials
  • Record, validate and communicate all production data, production issues encountered, QA results after plant trials. Complete a brief pre-trial and post-trial checklist/report
  • Identify the possible issues in a proactive manner communicating to R&D and facilitates/trouble shoots challenges during NPI process and works directly with R&D, plant operations, QA, supply chain teams on timely resolution.
  • Determine the process flow / mixing steps and judge the operational feasibility of NPI products
  • Test, evaluate and perform sensory on raw materials and finished product and provide R&D release approval for low to medium complexity products
  • Collect relevant R&D samples e.g. shelf-life/analytical samples, customer samples and assist in shelf life studies as needed by R&D Scientists.
  • Communication any changes to current production lines/procedures and provide R&D technical support when required
  • Manage, coordinate, operate and maintain the Pilot Plant equipment and fulfill R&D and customer needs across APMEA as required
  • Manage, coordinate and fulfill the raw materials and finished products sample requests for R&D
  • Gain a full understanding of the production process and procedures and being a process and technical expert in the assigned technology and expand knowledge across multiple Kerry Taste & Nutrition technologies
  • Assist in co-ordination of GTIC Support Centre team or in other tasks/projects as requested by Technical Support Centre Manager on ad hoc basis


Qualifications and skills


  • Bachelor’s degree in any relevant field, preferably with Science / Technical background and minimum 2 years of experience in a fast-paced manufacturing environment in a regulated industry 
  • Possess strong knowledge about production lines and manufacturing processes, controls, and procedures
  • Willing to work flexible hours / weekends if and when required
  • Good communication skills in English (spoken & written), and competent in MS Word, MS Excel and MS PowerPoint
  • Team player, independent, has initiative, is a self-starter and is confident


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