New Product Development Technologist

Absolute Recruitment UK Ltd
20000.00 GBP Annual
09 Aug 2017
30 Aug 2017
Contract Type

Job Description

Meadowbank Associates are currently working with an industry leading business to recruit for a New Product Development Technologist in order to cover a maternity leave.

This role is to start October 2017 for 14 months cover, including a 2 month handover.

Job responsibilities

  • Developing recipes for Mozzarella and Mozzarella blend products
  • Managing trails and NPD and on the pilot plant
  • Making up samples for customer presentations
  • Attending production trails and launches as required
  • Evaluation of new suppliers and ingredients and reporting on their suitability
  • Link with Technical and Production, with responsibility for making sure that new products make a smooth transition from trail and testing stages to dull production with the outcomes reported to all relevant staff.
  • To identify any critical issues with developments, make recommendations for improvements and make sure that everything complies with quality, safety and customer expectations.
  • Providing in-depth reports on the trails that accurately reflect the work carried out including all required measurements, comments and recommended actions and next steps detailing responsibility and agreed accountability
  • Ensuring all required internal documentation is completed and provided to the specification team on time and to the highest standard.
  • Have detailed practical knowledge of current factory processes.
  • Building strong relationships with all functions who interface with the development.
  • Facilitating customers visits during production trails.
  • Developing practical schedules for product launch and maintaining project plans and advising all stakeholders throughout the project on timings of achievable completion dates.
  • Liaising with purchasing colleagues to ensure that all incoming stock for initial production runs is in place.
  • Working with relevant machinery suppliers and packaging suppliers to ensure company is always up to date with the latest launches.
  • Assisting in customer presentations, conference calls, audits, visits etc. where required.
  • Ensuring traceability of the BRC Documentation throughout the project , ensuring any changes to recipe or process are communicated to stakeholders,
  • Ensure communication with all relevant departments is well maintained at all times to provide a consistent service to all customers
  • Trailing and assisting with commissioning new processing equipment either in support of a new product launch or to make improvements to current production processes.
  • Working with Technical to assess failing products in terms of recipe and offer recipe solutions.
  • Maintaining the cleanliness of the NPD facility.
  • Track monthly basis trail costs.

The ideal application will be or have;

  • Food technology background - ideally to degree level
  • Experience with mozzarella would be extremely beneficial
  • Attention to detail is extremely important
  • Computer literacy with good literacy and numeric skills
  • Able to work as an effective team member
  • Experience with would be of an advantage
  • High levels of self-motivation, drive & commitment
  • Adopt high personal and professional standards
  • Driving licence
  • Be able to record and interpret data and make recommendations based on the conclusions
  • Excellent communicator in both written and verbal formats
  • A passion for food
  • Flexibility to cover trails and product monitoring

This position is a full time role working 40 hours per week.