Research & Development Manager / Food Technologist – Brites Management

Job description
Our client, in the food manufacturing industry is looking to recruit an experienced Research & Development Manager / Food Technologist. This role entails being responsible for the coordination of the day-to-day activities of the R&D Department; primarily product and packaging development, across various product categories. .

Manage, communicate and reinforce organizational and departmental initiatives to the R&D Department to ensure a consistent message and targeted objectives are achieved.
Develop and execute R&D project timelines and deliverables.
Creates new prototypes for R&D initiatives, including formulation, raw material sourcing, packaging development and costing.
Design and execute experiments to meet project objectives.
Work with customers to deliver new products that meet customer needs in a cost-effective manner and with formulations that can be processed in the existing operation.
Establish and leverage contacts and connections with existing and potential new customers in the food sectors for commercialization of new products.
Monitor marketplace for new trends, products, and/or flavors and competitor products and development activities.
Plans, coordinate and execute production tests to successfully meet project objectives.
Accurately record, analyze and report data to meet project objectives.
Packaging development.
Developing product specifications and parameters for all new products (SOPs, HACCP plans, risk analysis and costings).
Coordinate 3rd party laboratory testing and report results.
Conducts and analyze internal and external sensory evaluations.
Manages R&D and sensory evaluation workspaces and R&D sample area.
Contribute to development and management of R&D budget.
Generate all finished product nutritional panel information and ingredient statements.
Adhere to GMP’s, Standard Operating Procedures, and Safety Regulations consistently.
Ensure compliance with plant safety standards and with applicable regulatory requirements while following the company’s Good Manufacturing Processes.

BSc or MSc degree in Food Science, Food Technology or related field
Master’s Degree is an added Advantage
10 years’ experience in Product and Packaging Development, 4 of which should have been taken in a similar position.
Expertise in product development and new product innovation, with extensive Product Development/Food Science discipline
In depth knowledge of modern Research & Development Methodologies, Systems and Process.
Training in Product Development in a Food Manufacturing environment.
Excellent knowledge of HACCP, ISO 22000 and its application in food industry
Knowledge of KEBS, US FDA and UK FSA regulations for the development of product labels
Strong passion for food and the drive to develop this passion throughout the organization
Customer focused expertise in the snacks and spices industry
Knowledge of western and ethnic snack foods and spices and the application of spices in cooking essential
Strong sensory evaluation and analysis skills
Prior experience in facilitation of group training desired
Strategic decision-making approach to business interests
High collaboration and project management skills
Strong judgement and decision-making skills
Highly organized with a strong focus on detail and accuracy with the ability to thrive in a complex, high demand, evolving environment, requiring quick responsiveness; must be able to handle multiple priorities while maintaining focus on the bottom line
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
Must demonstrate a high degree of written and verbal skills and have excellent organization and presentation skills

Method of Application
If you meet the above qualifications, skills and experience send CV to
Interviews will be carried out on a rolling basis until the position is filled
Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.