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  • Vacancy in an FMCG Company

  • Posted on: 2 September, 2014 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • Global Profilers is a Recruitment & HR Services firm specialized in recruitment in Africa; we are currently looking for a Research and Development Manager for our client which is an FMCG organization.

    Research and Development Manager


    • Actively involve in product development and recipe formulation on 3 categories; biscuits, pasta and noodles
    • Execute R&D projects for marketing and sales generated expectations for creating and executing new product concepts / prototypes and finished product matches from conception through to commercialization stages
    • Coordinate all quality improvement and re-engineering of product parameters such as taste, flavor, color, texture, nutritional value, convenience, physical, chemical and microbiological composition of food
    • Staying abreast with eating habits and latest trends in the food service industry and work with the team to introduce new ideas to keep us ahead of the pack
    • Develop finished product formulas and cost improved formulas while expending the current finished product portfolio
    • Involve in raw material sourcing and approval, plus finished product formula costing
    • Actively interface with marketing, the supply chain, and quality
    • Ensure consistent regulatory compliance with all production processes and packaging and raw materials
    • Deliver R&D technical support while also meeting the business needs of the various categories
    • Develop and actively evolve a central business specific R&D facility
    • Actively participate in assigned technical R&D product development activities
    • Ensure finished product development compliance with NAFDAC and Nutrition Society of Nigeria government regulations plus private industry standards such as Kosher, Halal and Snack Foods Association (SFA).
    • Support new product plant introduction/commercialization while maintaining compliance with quality and food safety mandates
    • Oversee and generate new product development finished product specifications
    • Oversee generation of R&D product  technical briefs, R&D Plant trial report and R&D commercialization reports
    • Work closely with the Head of Technical unit Deli, Pasta and Noodles to deliver specifically assigned Research and Development technically based product development activities on time
    • Build a team capable of meeting current and future company product development requirements
    • Identify product needs, assist in developing products to fill those needs, and disseminate product information throughout the organization.
    • Build and develop recipes to fill marketing matrix
    • Write all product instructions, determine product labeling and packaging
    • Bring potentially systemic problems that require immediate action to the attention of the business
    • Supervise the technical team while carrying out responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
    • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees, as well as planning, assigning and directing work, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees, and addressing complaints and resolving problems.


    Qualification and Experience:


    • Bachelor’s degree from four-year College or university strongly preferred with a focus in Food science and technology and any other related Science degree with project management training as an added advantage.
    • Four to six years of related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience
    • Knowledge of manufacturing equipment and software including, but not limited to: Excel spreadsheets, word processing, email, and Internet applications and packaging development software.
    • Thoroughness, in particular to understanding of Health, safety and hygiene and environmental impact
    • 4-6 years project management experience - prioritizing projects by importance and deadline, ensuring that deadlines are met, and keeping stakeholders informed of project/program status. Ensuring the projects’ or programs’ goals, purpose, and criteria are clearly defined. Delegating project assignments and matching the responsibility to the person.


    Key Skills/ Competencies


    •   Have a flare for product development  with a track record of launching new products to market
    • Candidate should have a meticulous attention to detail
    • Be able to demonstrate a record of achievement in a similar role
    • Be passionate about innovation and creativity in the food sector
    • Excellent communication skills and the ability to mentor the NPD team to achieve success

    Method of Application

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