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RD&A Manager - Bakery

Requisition ID: 52257 
Position Type: FT Permanent 
Workplace Arrangement:  #LI-Onsite 

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.

About the role


We are Looking for RD&A Manager | Bakery | Pan Europe for our location Naas (Global Innovation Centre) Ireland.

Key responsibilities


  • Leading the Pan European (PE) Bakery team for Europe and an active leader within the wider Pan European D&A team. Reporting directly to the RD&A Director for Pan Europe.  
  • Strong people leader, developing and growing talent within the Bakery Applications team, supporting on development needs and growing strengths of the team
  • Managing and delivering the application pipeline for Europe for the Bakery sEUM.
  • Responsible for the technical approval of relevant Bakery EUM opportunities in line with the business rules and ensuring that the required technical resource is allocated to fulfil the opportunities needs.
  • Partnering closely with the regional Business Units (BU’s) to ensure seamless execution on customer requirements and ensure resource to lead opportunities.
  • Partnering with the Foundational technology teams to validate and promote Foundational technologies within the region, ensuring fit for purpose data to drive credibility in our technologies and identifying areas for focus to drive growth in line with the strategy.
  • Ownership of the Bakery Application Innovation funnel and driving a pipeline of ideas to grow.
  • Ownership of the execution sEUM strategic projects and close partnership with the EUM team to deliver against.
  • Responsible for linking consumer and customer insights into application solutions
  • Ensuring Collection offer is fit for purpose and identify gaps where required, working closely with the Foundational Technology teams to fill.
  • Engaging with PE leaders to ensure that the ways of working are aligned with strategy and key focus areas.
  • Expectation of this role will be fully Naas based 4-5 days per week.

Qualifications and skills


  • 5-10 years experience in bakery application/R&D/NPD management roles
  • Technical background with food science based degree or equivalent relevant professional experience and trade qualifications
  • Significant experience in industrial bakery manufacturing/processing
  • Good knowledge of bakery products including Bread, Fermented goods, Yeast raised laminated products, Cakes, Biscuits, Crackers etc.
  • Good knowledge of associated product categories such as process aids and functional ingredients (e.g. enzymes, emulsifiers)
  • People management experience
  • Strong communication skills to engage different stakeholders within organization and with external stakeholders
  • Strong strategic mindset and ability to deliver against strategy
  • Strong collaboration skills across the matrix
  • Experience working with and presenting to customers 
  • Excellent organisational skills, time management and ability to work under pressure to ensure deadlines are met
  • Project management experience
  • Market / technology experience
  • Proficient in English (verbal & written)

Beware of scams online or from individuals claiming to represent us. A Kerry employee will not solicit candidates through a non-Kerry email address or phone number. In addition, Kerry does not currently utilise video chat rooms (e.g., Google Hangouts) to conduct interviews. Refuse any request that asks you to provide payment to participate in the hiring process (e.g., purchasing a “starter kit,” investing in training, or something similar). Kerry will not ask you to pay any money at any point in the hiring process with the exception of reimbursable travel expenses. In addition, any payments made by Kerry will be from official firm accounts bearing the Kerry name.

Recruiter: #LI-RG2 
Posting Type: LI 


Please note: We do not accept CVs or candidate profiles from recruitment agencies where Kerry terms of business have not been signed. Additionally, we will not consider or agree to payment of any recruiter fee under these circumstances. This also applies to CVs or candidate profiles sent directly to any Kerry Hiring Managers.

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