Research & Development Manager / Food Technologist Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Job Title: Research & Development Manager / Food Technologist

Nature of Job: Full Time

Industry: Food Manufacturing

Salary: Very Attractive and Negotiable

Job Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Job Summary: 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.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • 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.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills Required

  • 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

How to Apply

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.

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Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi County

Hospitality and Food Industry
Updated: August 3, 2020 — 4:19 pm