Head of Food Research and Development

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POSITION: Head of Food Research and Development

SALARY:Competitive, Depending on Experience

BENEFITS: Company Pension

HOURS: Full-time; Permanent. Monday through Friday, 09:00 to 17:30 in a professional office environment, with occasional out of hours work

LOCATION: The Netherlands, Orlando di Lassostraat 11, 5344AC Oss

DESCRIPTION:

Moving Mountains® Foodsis a ground-breaking British company and is leading plant-based innovation into unimagined territory with the UK’s first ever meatless bleeding burger. The company has additional plant-based meat products under development, with new innovation that is set to disrupt consumer buying habits.

Due to continued success an exciting opportunity for a senior food professional to take full ownership of the Technical and NPD function.  You will be responsible for bringing exciting new products to market overseeing the whole process from concept through to launch.  You will also be responsible for ensuring the highest level of food safety standards and quality whilst growing an international supply base.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

Technical and Quality Management

  • Managing existing 3rd party manufacturers

  • Sourcing and developing relationships with new international 3rd party manufacturers

  • Monitoring and maintaining the technical compliance of ingredients

  • Working with existing technical and factory teams to take NPD from sample through to production run

  • Ensuring technical specifications are completed and agreed with manufacturers

  • Pushing product quality and shelf life through both ingredients and manufacturing processes

  • Working with factory to optimize the production process to find cost efficiencies

  • Maintaining relationships with key customers and suppliers, through regular communication and development activities ensuring customer requirements are fully met.

  • Oversee product quality on initial trial runs from the factory

  • Ensure our existing products are the highest quality and constantly improving

  • Managing customer complaints and feedback and taking relevant steps to resolve issues.

  • Managing and developing a Food Technologist. 

 

Product Development:

  • Developing the next generation of Moving Mountains innovation ensuring that we are at the cutting edge of plant-based products. 

  • Improving taste, texture and refreshing existing products

  • Researching international markets and understanding different consumer tastes and trends and developing new concepts accordingly.

  • Managing multiple NPD projects from concept through to launch.

IDEAL CANDIATE

  • A high level of understanding of international food trends and of customer expectations. Understanding of what’s hot and what’s going to be extremely popular with customers comes naturally to you.

  • Ideally you will come from a technical and NPD background with extensive experience in the food industry.

  • It would be highly beneficial to have experience in the meat industry or development of proteins and plant-based products.

  • Excellent communication and influencing skills to build relationships with key customers and stakeholders.

  • Highly innovative with a passion for food and plant based.

  • Highly commercial 

  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects at the same time.

  • The agility to work in a fast paced and dynamic start up environment

In order to apply please send a C.V and covering letter by clicking on the apply button below.

Keywords: Technical and Quality Management, Product Development, food development, project management, NPD Function, consumer trends, research food.

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