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NPD Senior Technologist

About Kerry


A career with Kerry DCF (Dairy Consumers Food) offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

About the role


We are looking for a RD&A/NPD Senior technologist for our RD&A team located in Coleraine.

As member of a very busy team, the person will collaborate with cross functional teams to ensure successful launches are achieved on time and to budget.

The individual will manage RD&A new product and packaging developments, ensuring that accurate and timely information is supplied to the associated site teams as well as to the customer.

Key responsibilities


  • Interpretation of briefs to ensure the development of innovative and technologically competent solutions that are in line with brand/customer expectations 
  • Work closely with R&D Manager, NPI, Chef, Technical & Regulatory team to manage projects & co-ordinate project teams 
  • Support the communication & management of all critical paths, ensuring that R&D are actively liaising with cross functional teams to discuss all new products, raw materials and processing to iron out issues at the front end of the development process 
  • Work with the finance team to generate costings in line with customer target costs, promotional mechanics, quality tiering and operational efficiencies prior to developing propositions. 
  • Develop recipes in line with customer and business guidelines
  • Complete product trials to enable customer samples submissions, nutritional analysis, shelf life testing and photography can be completed
  • Complete all relevant documentation from trials in line with customer and business guidelines to enable smooth hand over to NPI and successful product launches 
  • Follow the product quality of each project from concept, recipe development, process design and scale-up to NPI handover and successful finished product launch 
  • Maintain awareness of market, customer & restaurant trends and competitor activity 
  • Prepare/agree specifications for all new raw materials, packaging and processes alongside the technical department 
  • Build relationships with Marketing, Operations & Commercial ensuring Customer Care and adherence to the Kerry Purpose, Vision and Values 

Qualifications and skills


  • Previous experience in the Food Manufacturing with preference in the Dairy industry
  • Degree in a Food Science, Dairy or equivalent qualification  
  • Recipe development experience
  • Excellent trial planning skills from Kitchen top to large scale factory scale up
  • Product/Menu Costing experience
  • Project Management skills 
  • Customer management skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Passionate about food 

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