Hartley People

Research and Development Manager

Hartley People Recruitment are thrilled to offer an enticing opportunity for a Research and Development Manager to become a part of our client’s team based in Ballyragget, County Kilkenny. This role, reporting to the Head of Dairy & Applications, will entail overseeing the development of new products designed for both ingredients and consumers, destined for retail, foodservice, and manufacturing sectors. The successful candidate will be tasked with leading a team of technologists and maintaining a close working relationship with the organisations’ Commercial, Marketing, Operations, and Quality teams.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Lead and nurture a team of technologists to support and advance the organisations product offerings and deepen technical expertise.
  • Oversee the technical aspects of new product development for protein, fortified beverages, and cream, from conceptualization to launch within cross-functional teams.
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Commercial teams to co-create and develop the product portfolio.
  • Maintain close communication with Commercial, Operations, and Third-Party Manufacturers to effectively bring new products to market.
  • Engage in collaboration with internal cross-functional teams for supplier relationship management, acting as the customers’ advocate across technical platforms and internal processes.
  • Provide technical insights for the development of the organisation’s product strategy.
  • Interface with customers, visiting and understanding markets at a technical level to identify essential functional and nutritional product requirements, and oversee the development of recipes and specifications.
  • Address technical production, product application/quality, and consistency issues through effective problem-solving.

Revised Key Requirements:

  • Possess over 10 years of industry experience in product development within the food industry.
  • Demonstrate expertise in dairy chemistry.
  • Exhibit proficiency in writing technical dossiers and translating scientific findings into actionable recommendations for the business.
  • Capable of working efficiently in cross-functional teams.
  • Possess excellent communication skills, especially in technical areas, enabling interaction at all organizational levels.
  • Experience in beverage product development is desirable.

For immediate consideration please email your CV to Kathryn@hartleypeople.com or call Kathryn on 051878813.

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