GFIC is recruiting for a Regional leading FMCG company, Producing Powders, Culinery Products and Beverages, private owned with a long history, with a strong export, beeing present in almost 100 countries the

Head of R&D Food and Beverage   m/f/d

Location: Southern Europe/Mediterranean Sea

We would like to speak only with candidates having working permissions for the European Union

the Head of R&D is responsible for the development of successful new products & categories and the continuous renovation of existing products. The Head of R&D is to manage the project portfolio and mentor a team of product development specialists.

Key Accountabilities

Product Development Management

  • Develop the R&D strategy for recipe innovation and renovation in liaison with other business units;

  • Direct the development process with respect to new categories following ideas generated from

    Consumer Insight

  • Lead product development and product improvements from bench to pilot plant trials, using

    innovative ingredients while meeting nutritional guidelines;

  • Integrate consumer, food science and process knowledge in the interpretation of recipe innovation

    and renovation project

Stakeholder Management

  • Drive decisions by effectively networking with relevant stakeholders/decision-makers in R&D,

    marketing and other business units

  • Pursue effective working relations with international food and food ingredient standards

    development organizations, suppliers, and other technical institutes working on ingredient or flavour research

Programme Management

  • Manage the R&D programme and project priorities according to briefs from the markets by resource allocation and ensuring success by identifying competence level;

  • Oversee the delivery of solutions at defined quality, time and cost in order to fuel science-based innovation transfers into our business unit(s);

  • Oversee knowledge building, documentation of results and methods

Technical Assistance

  • Give operational support to the Process and Applications team in industrialization start-ups and

    follow up product launches, including product improvements as may be necessary

  • Oversee the R&D Lab as it pertains to product testing, analysis, and validation on new products as

    well as analyzing and correcting R&D activities

Structure & Lead the team

  • Manage the work of a reporting team of highly skilled scientists & lab technicians

  • Oversee the ongoing development of the team

  • Ensure alignment to the Company Calendar, KPIs, Company policies and procedures in the R&D function’s undertakings

Ideal Candidate Profile

Education

  • MSc degree in a relevant technical field (Food Science/Technology, Material Science, Analytical Chemistry, Product Technology, etc.).

  • Preferably with a PhD in the food science field

Experience

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in R&D, specifically Product Development (Recipe) in the food and beverage industry

  • Previous professional experience across food / beverage formulation with strong ingredient knowledge and diverse process experience in powder food & beverage mixes will be considered an asset

  • Experience working with cross functional teams from Consumer Insights to Applications management

Technical skills

  • Fluent English

  • Strong ingredient knowledge

  • Knowledge of product development processes and prototype modeling methods

  • Excellent project and time management skills

  • Sensory training and experience

  • Up to date knowledge if quality, safety and hygiene requirements

  • Solid knowledge of Product Lifecycle Management Systems, performance reporting and

    financial/budgeting processes

Soft skills

  • Creativity and Innovation

  • Strategic Thinking and Change Management

  • Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving*

  • Attention to Detail

  • Drive for results*

  • Quality Orientation

  • Building strategic partnerships

  • Influencing and impact including conflict management

  • Environmental Scanning (including Global Awareness)

  • Program and Project Management

  • Vision creation and motivation

  • Monitoring and Measuring*

  • Developing People*

We will contact only shortlisted candidates

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for more informations call +49 171 644 8094

GFIC

Geiger Food Ingredients 
Recruitment & Consult.Ing

 

Munich | Gruenwald | Germany

+49-171-644 80 94 

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alfred.geiger@geiger-foodingredients.com

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