Research & Development Manager Job in Kenya

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Research & Development Manager Job in Kenya

Reporting to: Chairman and Sales & Marketing Director

Research & Development Job Responsibilities

  • Manage, communicate and reinforce organizational and departmental initiatives to the R&D department to ensure a consistent message and targeted objectives are achieved.
  • Develops and executes R&D project timelines and deliverables.
  • Creates new prototypes for R&D initiatives, including formulation, raw material sourcing, packaging development and costing.
  • Designs and executes 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.
  • Monitors marketplace for new trends, products, and/or flavors and competitor products and development activities.
  • Plans, coordinates and executes production tests to successfully meet project objectives.
  • Accurately records, analyzes and reports data to meet project objectives.
  • Packaging development.
  • Develops product specifications and parameters for all new products (SOPs, HACCP plans, risk analysis and costings).
  • Coordinates 3rd party laboratory testing and reports results.
  • Conducts and analyses internal and external sensory evaluations.
  • Manages R&D and sensory evaluation workspaces and R&D sample area.
  • Contributes to development and management of R&D budget.
  • Generates all finished product nutritional panel information and ingredient statements.
  • Adheres 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.

Qualifications for the Research & Development Job

  • BSc or MSc degree in Food Science, Food Technology or related field required.
  • Minimum 5 years’ related work experience in product and packaging development
  • Expertise in product development and new product innovation, with extensive Product Development/Food Science discipline

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • 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
  • Must demonstrate a high degree of written and verbal skills and have excellent organization and presentation skills
  • Work effectively as an individual with minimal supervision or as a team member as required
  • Must possess a workable knowledge of MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel

How to Apply

To apply, please send in your CV to [email protected], with “Research & Development Manager” on the subject line.

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