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R&D Technologist

About the role

R&D Technologist, Kerry Foods, Portadown

We now have a full time permanent exciting opportunity to join our R&D function in Kerry Foods, Portadown.

About the role: Work with the wider R&D team and operations team to drive the projects through the development process in a timely manner. / To win in the market by providing relevant product design to create brilliant recipes that will be loved by our customers and deliver commercially for the business

To achieve success it is critical that the R&D Technologist works cross-functionally to ensure that all concepts/recipes developed are aligned with the business strategy

If you have experience in R&D from a FMCG, retail or fast paced background and are looking for your next career move then we would love to hear from you as we will be holding interviews shortly.

This role would suit a driven and ambitious individual with the correct level of skill and capability with previous industry experience.

Key responsibilities

Key Measurements of Success (Listed but not limited to):

  • Owner of recipe development (Inc. recipe cost) on specific projects using Recipe Professor
  • Interpretation of briefs to ensure the development of innovative and technologically competent solutions, that are in line with brand/customer expectations, operational constraints and commercial needs.
  • Support the communication & management of all critical paths progress with the cross functional team ensuring regular progress updates. Ensure that R&D are actively liaising with the cross functional team to discuss all new products, raw materials and  processing to iron out issues at the front end of the development process.
  • Working in partnership with the Kerry central purchasing team ensuring all new raw materials are approved prior to being approved by the customer
  • Owner of packaging development (inc. packaging cost) on specific projects via Packaging Lead
  • Deliver projects to hand over stage and ensure their execution meets the time, quality and cost requirements of the brief.  Follow the project through from concept, recipe development, process design & scale-up; to NPI Handover
  • To present all new concepts to site SLT prior to panels ensuring accurate costings are delivered
  • Ensure the transfer of quality into the factory with the NPI Team during trials and on-going post-launch.
  • Help prepare/agree specifications for all new raw materials, packaging and processes alongside the Technical department
  • Be aware of trends & marketplace to support on 6-12 month Innovation Maintain awareness of market, consumer & restaurant trends and competitor activity, applying this knowledge during the development phase.
  • Maintain awareness as to the potential upgrade of existing products giving consideration to operation efficiencies and Pips initiatives
Qualifications and skills

About the person:

  • Process knowledge & factory product development experience
  • Previous experience in the Food Manufacturing Industry desirable
  • Product / Menu Costing Experience
  • Sourcing of Ingredients/Produce
  • Passionate about food
  • Able to adhere to strict timelines
  • Project management skills
  • Highly organized multi-tasker
  • Attention to detail
  • Computer literate
  • Displays tenacity
  • Goes that extra mile to achieve results and deliver excellent service
  • Able to play a key role as a high performing team             
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Enthusiastic team player
  • Build relationships internally and externally

More importantly! You will have a desire to know the intricacies of how our business operates and be able to build excellent relationships with stakeholders and everyone in general! We love personality too and people who take ownership and pride in what they do and enjoy doing it!  There are exciting things happening at Kerry Foods now and in the near future, we want people to stick around and be part of that journey through growing their career with us. Sounds like you might want in? Apply now, and don’t miss out! #wearekerryfoods

Kerry Foods is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all members of the community

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