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Food Technologist / Chef Development Manager – EMEA
Competitive Salary & Excellent Company Benefits
Company: Global Distributor of Ingredients, flavours and more for the food and beverage industries.
Clients: We work with many leading food manufacturing companies as well as smaller regional food producers
Univar Solutions is a leading $9+ billion global product supplier spanning food, pharmaceutical and chemical ingredients serving more than 80,000 customers across 100 countries.
We are globalising our Solutions Centers (Laboratories and Food Application Kitchens) under a single umbrella, to create a globally coordinated technical operation which will deliver enhanced value and service from our laboratories and kitchens, which will more effectively serve our key business areas and its stakeholders.
This position will play a key role in leading and coordinating activity in our new EMEA Food Solutions Centre, which is part of Global Solution centres. You will oversee the activities of EMEA Food Solutions Centre, including its people and projects.
You will need to work seamlessly with our commercial teams, to create innovative new food creations utilising the ingredients from manufacturers we represent. You will also act as a technical and food innovations figurehead, who along with our marketing and commercial teams, will play a key role directly at our customers, and at internal and external events such as trade shows.
Our global labs and food centres are a key part of our business, and as such it is expected a strong commercial acumen will be key. This is an exciting opportunity to join a technical community that works in tandem with our commercial colleagues, and thus a pragmatic and positive approach as well as commercial acumen will be essential.
The Food Technologist / Chef Development Manager Role:
As Food Technologist / Chef Development Manager, you will lead product development, recipe and concepts creation and innovation for our vast food ingredient portfolio and applications across EMEA.
Bringing your culinary insights, knowledge of food science/ technology and recipe development skills and creative mindset to guide customers in the food industry to translate food trends into manufacturable products through innovative concepts.
You will work with our key suppliers featuring their ingredients in specific applications while also working to solve formulation problems using these ingredients for key customer projects. With a curiosity for consumer demand and food trends, you will work in our flagship EMEA Food Solutions Centre, located in Liverpool, UK to drive new food innovations and product approvals that are an asset to the Foodology by Univar Solutions food ingredients portfolio.
+ Strong interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) and the ability to develop successful business relationships with customers, suppliers, and internal teammates
+ Excellent computer skills including MS Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint
+ Knowledge of CRM platforms such as Salesforce.com
+ Ability to manage time and resources effectively to achieve goals
+ Strong business acumen, including an understand of the business relationship between manufacturers, distributors and end-users of products and services
+ Good presentation skills, engaging personality with ability to inspire innovation
+ Clean driving licence
Education & Experience:
+ Bachelor's in Food Science/ Food Technology, or related field
+ 5+ years of relevant work experience
+ Knowledge of enzymes testing equipment and enzyme processes is highly advantageous
+ Experience with product development
+ Experience with ingredient functionality and cost savings projects
+ Prior experience of tracking consumer demand and innovations within the food technology, food science or culinary space
+ Knowledge in food product design, formulation, process design, product scale-up, plant testing and commercialization
+ Travel – up to 25 %
What we can offer you:
You’ll receive a highly competitive remuneration package including an annual performance related bonus. You’ll get exclusive access to a huge range of discounts and benefits through our U-Benefits site as well as massive discounts on a fantastic range of products we supply.
You’ll get 33 days annual leave per year and can buy or sell days too. We’ll give you access to a generous pension scheme which can be enhanced to well above the legal minimum and peace of mind with death in service benefits. To help support your physical and mental wellbeing you can join our cycle to work scheme, discounted private healthcare plan and will have access to 24/7 counselling and wellbeing support through our Employee Assistance Programme.
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Sounds like a good fit? Apply here for a fast-track path to the Hiring Team who will review your application within 1-2 business days.
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