Research Development – Technologist

Closing date: 28 May 2020

Key Performance Areas:

The successful candidate will report to the Quality Control Manager and be accountable for new product development (from kitchen development through to factory trials) as per Marketing Department’s briefs and agreed project completion timelines. Engaging with external service providers to provide additional expertise and support as required. Researching and sourcing ingredients for both new and existing products that comply with the required specifications in the most cost effective manner which includes scheduled reviews of alternative suppliers, ingredient substitutes and pricing. Assisting with benchmarking sessions on a regular basis to ensure First Choice products remain best in class. Periodic renovation projects of existing product formulations and composition to establish gaps and opportunities as a result of developments in the market. Assisting QC Department with microbiological and chemical analysis of products and any other duties performed by Lab Technicians and Quality Controllers.

Knowledge and Skills:

The minimum qualification for this position will be a ND Food Technology and at least 3 years’ relevant experience in a FMCG environment. Apart from a sound understanding and practical application of food technology principles and good practices, the job holder will have competence in new product development process and protocols.¬† Additional skills and competencies required will include the ability to be innovative and identify opportunities, having a timeline driven working approach that includes the application of logical workflows and attention to detail and be an effective communicator.

Please note: Statements of results are not accepted, when submitting your application please include certified copy of the original Senior Certificate, ID and relevant qualification.

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