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General information

All posting locations: Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Department: 10 - 04 - Product Development

Date Published: 15-May-2020

Job Type: Regular

Description & Requirements

About the role

As a R&D Technologist- you will be responsible for consumer centric Research & Development on new and established meal products and processes to meet the business objectives.

  • Development of new and renovation of existing products and processes to deliver NPD- cost saving and quality improvement projects.
  • Includes activities such as feasibility assessments- prototype development- costing- supervision of factory trials- development of recipe and factory documentation- recipe and label development- technical approval- shelf life assessment and technical support for initial factory production
  • Provides technical leadership to drive project completion and adherence to business process in partnership with Marketing and other functions.
  • Influence and drive growth and cost-saving opportunities for relevant business categories using strong commercial acumen and specific category knowledge.
  • Stay abreast of all relevant nutrition guidelines

This position is based at our R&D facility in King Street- Hastings

About you

  • You will have a Tertiary qualification in relevant science/engineering field- preferably Food Technology.
  • Relevant experience and background in either product development- process improvement or quality. Ideally within a food manufacturing environment
  • You’ll be a natural at engaging and partnering with the business with the ability to work cross-functionally with ease
  • Organised and pro-active in your approach to work- your character is one that sees solutions not problems.
  • The ability to “make it happen” – from the planning to job completion including all the paperwork.
  • You’ll have a strong analytical capability with a passion for manipulating data
  • You’ll have a high attention to detail with a natural curiosity to asking questions

Benefits program

We empower our people to own their work- and it’s true our employees are our competitive advantage – so we take care of our employees with our ‘Live Well’ benefits program:

  • Wellbeing – annual health checks & flu shots- wellbeing sessions & webinars
  • Volunteering – meal packing events for our Global partner Rise Against Hunger
  • Parental Leave - 12 weeks paid parental leave for primary caregivers

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces- promotes and values diversity and inclusion.

Bring your appetite for more!

As part of the Wattie’s brand- you’ll be working for one of New Zealand’s most loved food and beverage companies- boasting 35 brands and working across 37 categories.  Our offering is unique because Wattie’s is proudly part of the Kraft Heinz Company- so you get to enjoy the perks of a global organisation while working on a local iconic brand.

Applications close Friday 29 May. Applications may be reviewed and interviews conducted prior to the close date so don’t wait – apply now!


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