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Applications & Development Senior Technologist II-Meat Coatings and seasonings

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Date: 14-Jan-2021

Location: Naas, KE, IE

Company: Kerry

About Kerry

A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition 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

The position will be responsible for the development of Meat Coatings systems and meat seasonings in conjunction with the Thai RD&A team. Working in partnership with customers to develop innovative concepts as well as renovating current products. The RD&A team collaborates with a global network of chefs, marketing and sensory experts to deliver products to market within launch timescales. Products concepts are tailored to customer specific needs.All development work will deliver in terms of Taste, Functionality and Nutrition.

Key responsibilities

•    Lead development on projects initiated by European customers that will  be produced in Thailand.
•    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.
•    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 relationships with key personnel within allocated accounts via visits, presentations and attending trials in customer factory when required.
•    Work closely with business development to understand customer requirements and win on briefs.
•    Ensures that ingredient functionality will meet customer expectations. Oversees projects from customer or internal brief through to hand over to Thai team for production at factory stage.
•    Develops food system formulations and related applications stability performance through demonstrated understanding of food formulation and chemical interactions.
•    Provide our customers with the best available products through developing an understanding the market, manufacturing capabilities, ingredient restrictions etc.
•    Working in partnership with customers and the Kerry cross functional team to deliver products from concept through to launch, in the time frames agreed with customers.
•    Maintain awareness of developments across Kerry, with a focus on Thailand, building these into new developments providing USP’s for customers. Ensure Kerry Taste and Nutrition is at the heart of all concept development.
•    Carry out competitor & product awareness analysis – including sensory product evaluations and carrying out own retail reviews as required typically in conjunction with business development. 
•    Undertake training by visiting Thailand and working closely with the Thai RD&A and regulatory teams. 
•    Remain fully flexible to meet business requirements.   Willing to travel within EMEA for customer visits and to Thailand for training. 

Key Deliverables
•     You will need to work well with a cross functional team and build strong relationships with customers, providing excellent service in terms of concept development, sample delivery, product presentations and process support.
•    Work closely with business development and Thai technologists to develop an understanding of the market and customer needs to develop market suitable product concepts within specific parameters identified by the customer.
•    Ensure that products developed are cost competitive and commercially viable.
•    Combine food values and science to create products aligned with Taste and Nutrition market positioning.

Qualifications and skills

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in Food Science or the related field. 
  • At  least 5 years’  experience in product research and development in food ingredients industries or related field within meat (poultry). Experience in ingredients for meat, coating, marinade business is an advantage.
  • Successful experience in recipe development, formulation, application of products, meat processing and capable of creative and innovative thinking.
  • Strong team player, interpersonal, organizational, and project management skills with a commitment to fulfilling customer needs.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. 
  • Ability to meet deadlines, self-managed and process the ability to handle multi tasks with speed & accuracy, independently or as part of a team.
  • Able to effectively collaborate with a variety of cross –functional area departments.
  • Good English communication skills ( both verbal and written).
  • Able to travel.