Food Product Innovation Technologist

30000.00 - 30000.00 GBP Annual + GBP30000/annum GBP30000
14 Apr 2017
23 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity for a Food Product Innovation Technologist to join the NPD team of an GBP80m turnover market leading manufacturing business.

Responsible for the innovation and development of new and existing products, you will facilitate NPD projects within the company with tasks ranging from R&D work on small scale through to full scale trials and launch. This is a pivotal role which entails frequent liaison with multiple departments including Marketing, Technical, Quality, Manufacturing, Sales, Accounts, Technical, Engineering, Procurement, Planning and Logistics.

The key duties of the Food Product Innovation Technologist include:

?? Research new trends and innovation with ingredients and products to drive sustainable business growth. Engage in research of new ingredients or processes that may provide commercial advantage.
?? Liaise with marketing in researching consumer and marketing data and assess suitability of implementing new ingredients, processes, packaging or concepts into the business.
?? Liaise with the suppliers and purchasing team to source new ingredients and identify cost saving opportunities.
?? Keeping up to date with competitor launches, consumer trends and other food and beverage industry trends affecting consumer behaviour and food purchasing decisions, through store and exhibition visits and various related media formats.
?? Conduct competitor reviews and present findings to NPD, Marketing and management teams. Present concepts to teams.
?? Ensure you maintain awareness of customer specific policies, legal requirements and any associated regulations, provide detailed product information to technical so that specifications can be completed accurately.
?? Coordinate customer visits and produce and deliver presentations.
?? Coordinate suppliers' value engineering and innovation meetings; brief suppliers and closely work with them in order to meet briefs in the best possible way.
?? Blue sky innovation for branded products.
?? Assisting the NPD team with NPD or EPD projects when required

You must hold a Food Science Degree (or equivalent) and be experienced in a similar role in a food or beverage manufacturing environment. With excellent oral and written communication skills, you are a team player who has a close eye for detail and a passion for the product innovation of healthy food products