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 

Reporting to the Managing Director, the head of R&D is leading the R&D department and outlining the R&D strategy which supports the company’s overall business strategy. The main task is the development of successful new products which reflect the local taste preferences of consumers. 

Key Accountabilities 

Strategy setting 

  • Set the R&D strategy which supports the Company’s overall business strategy by identifying new concepts, innovation projects in liaison with other business units 

  • Manage project priorities by resource allocation and ensuring success by identifying competence level; 

  • Seeks opportunities for new products/tools or enrichment of existing products 

  • Drive decisions by effectively networking with relevant stakeholders/decision-makers in R&D, marketing and other business units and markets in and outside 

Product I&R 

  • Plan, co-ordinate and execute all specific technical tasks in concept ideation, prototyping, production design detailing, pre-production design validation and start-up of production 

  • Manage progress and potential scope changes through proactive and open communication 

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

  • Responsible for technical services R&D Lab as it pertains to product testing, analysis, and validation on new products as well as analyzing and correcting R&D activities 

Leadership/people development 

  • Lead project teams primarily by coaching, motivating and inspiring 

  • Lead a team of highly skilled technicians/scientists 

  • Establish goals and metrics for the team, ensuring alignment with the program unit goals and organizational goals, and evaluates performance against established goals 

  • Provide scientific and professional leadership and work cooperatively with cross functional teams to ensure development and maintenance of high quality, scientifically sound standards for food  products 

  • Pursue effective working relations with international food and food ingredient standards development organizations, suppliers, and other technical institutes working on food ingredient quality and ingredient or flavour research 

  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with scientific and trade organizations in the fields of food, food ingredients, and nutrition 

  • Organize group, identifies personnel needs, empower scientific staff and leads recruitment of scientific positions to ensure accomplishment of organizational and group targets 

  • Strive for continuous improvement 

  • Ability to create a climate of innovation – has passion for new knowledge, experiences and challenges 

Ideal Candidate Profile 


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

  • Preferably with a PhD in the food science field 


  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in R&D, Innovation Management in the food and beverage sector 

Technical skills 

  • Fluent English 

  • Knowledge of product development processes and prototype modeling methods 

  • Excellent project and time management skills 

  • Proficient computing skills 

  • Sensory training and experience 

  • Solid knowledge of performance reporting and financial/budgeting processes 

Soft skills 

  • Strategic Thinking and Change Management 

  • Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving 

  • Drive for results 

  • Building strategic partnerships 

  • Influencing and impact including conflict management 

  • Program and Project Management 

  • Monitoring and Measuring 

  • Developing People 


Geiger Food Ingredients 
Recruitment & Consult.Ing


Munich | Gruenwald | Germany

+49-171-644 80 94 

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