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Junior R&D Chef

Requisition ID 19858
Position Type FT Permanent
Career Function Research and Development 

Division  Foods
Recruiter #LI-RB1


We’re Kerry Foods – a leading name in the global food industry, and a distinctly individual business. We’re home to incredible brands, over 6000 brilliant people and big ambitions. Our products, many of which are household favourites, are eaten by millions of people every day. Your energy, enthusiasm and fresh thinking could help us reach millions more.

About the role

There’s no one quite like Kerry Foods. We’ve grown from a small farmers’ collective to a multi-billion food business - keeping hold of our ethics, spirit and character all the way. Today, we stand as a leader in a competitive and ever-changing global market. We’re aiming to pioneer new ways to delight the tastes of tomorrow, so we know that we can never stand still. Luckily, standing still has never been our way.


At Kerry Foods our people are the heart of our business and we now have a unique role for a Junior R&D Chef to join our talented team working within our meals business on new product concepts and existing product development within our worldwide range. Our R&D team really have their ear to the ground for all the latest food trends. The team have brought award winning foods to market and this role will be a unique opportunity to continue this success.

Joining Kerry Foods means becoming part of this incredible story – and helping to write the next chapter.

We’re looking for an individual that loves a challenge, loves food and who loves working in a really fast paced environment. The job is based in Southall and offers a great salary and very competitive benefits.


Key responsibilities

  • Product development based on pro-active innovation & customer briefs.
  • Be aware of target costs, promotional mechanics, quality tiering and operational efficiencies prior to developing propositions.
  • Prepare product costings to target msps and understand the business implications from a commercial and manufacturing point of view.
  • Be aware of insights from customers and Kerry customer team to enable propositions to reflect both the consumer and customer needs (inc. awareness of the innovation platforms & customer clusters)
  • Be involved in idea generation and Innovation Day delivery.
  • Working in partnership with the Kerry central purchasing team ensuring all new raw materials are approved and are logged on the site raw material tracker prior to being approved by the customer
  • Prepare product samples for customers, photography, nutritionals, shelf life, handovers, pre-pro and launches
  • Support, encourage and provide clear direction for the R&D Kitchen Assistants
  • Along with the total team ensure that the Innovation/Development Centre is maintained and cleaned to the highest possible standards.
  • Assist R&D Chef / Senior R&D Chef to prepare and present detailed product handovers for the manufacturing site teams for all approved products
  • To support R&D Chef / Senior R&D Chef to present all new concepts to site SLT prior to retail panels ensuring accurate costings are delivered against current factory capabilities
  • Ensure the transfer of quality into the factory with the R&D Chef / Senior R&D Chef / Process / 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
  • Review the quality of existing products via Consistency Panels.
  • To work alongside the R&D Chef / Senior R&D Chef / R&D Co-ordinators / NPI team to prepare high quality presentation paperwork.
  • To be involved in Customer presentations and ensure that all presentations have a logical flow, illustrating a sound understanding of recipes, commercials, customer need and manufacturing capabilities, as well as demonstrating a passion for food.
  • Build relationship with customer(s)
  • 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

  • Experience as a Chef or equivalent food experience essential
  • Previous experience in the Food Manufacturing Industry desirable
  • Product / Menu Costing Experience is desirable
  • Sourcing of Ingredients/Produce is desirable
  • Passionate about food
  • Project management skill is desirable
  • Highly organized multi-tasker
  • Attention to detail
  • Computer literate
  • Displays tenacity. Goes that extra mile to achieve results and deliver excellent service
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Enthusiastic team player
  • Build relationships internally and externally

Take a look at what’s going on at Kerry Foods on our LinkedIn page or follow us on Instagram and Facebook @kerryfoodsofficial

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