Role details

Product Development Manager

United Arab Emirates   •  Permanent

Bullet points

  • Product Development opportunity with one of the largest integrated FMCG company
  • Strong R&D/NPD experience in Bakery required

About Our Client

My client is a leading, fully integrated food and beverage company and manages a world class portfolio of integrated businesses providing high-quality trusted food and beverage products for customers across the UAE, GCC, Turkey and the wider Middle East.

Having been in the Middle east industry for over 11 years, the company employs approximately 2,000 - 3000 employees working across their two main business divisions: B2B and B2C. The company operates under major leading brands and is growing its operations with over 20% increase in profit and 11% increase in sales in the second quarter of 2015.

Job Description

The role of Product Development Manager - Bakery will include, but not limited to the following:

Develop New Product in line with business strategy:

Working closely with the Marketing, Manufacturing, Quality & Food Safety & Procurement teams, the Product Development Manager will be responsible for the Bakery category to:

  • Define benchmark (BIC) / assess competitor
  • Develop concept / recipes against a target cost
  • Select raw materials / suppliers accordingly
  • Prepare finished product prototypes for qualitative consumer validation either internal or external (to ensure high product acceptance at launch)
  • Use sensory evaluation as a tool to define/evaluate quality attributes to achieve (versus competition)
  • Work with Packaging Technologist for the development of a suitable packaging solutions for the product.
  • Arrange for Technical feasibility (pilot plant or line Trials), in house or with suppliers/universities when production lines/equipment not available within business units & produce samples for shelf life studies & for quantitative consumer research (if required)
  • Prepare ingredients list & nutritional facts for the declaration on the pack. Ensure that the recipe meets the claims on the pack, and that all ingredients are meeting the GSO standards
  • Write & arrange sign off of raw materials specifications, BOM, product specifications (including identifying Key Quality Attributes)
  • Lead the commissioning of new product & handover to production (prepare log sheet / recipe sheet with targets and tolerances)

Manage raw materials / Recipes/ process cost saving initiatives

Working closely with the QA, procurement and production teams, the jobholder will be responsible for the designated category to: -

  • Identify opportunities in raw material cost saving: alternative supplier / alternative specifications.
  • Identify opportunities in recipe cost saving: reduction/replacement of costly ingredients (without impacting product quality)
  • Organize trials to produce samples for evaluation (sensory/ analytical, physical), organize sensory tests, compile data/ results into report with final recommendation & publish on the R&D folder for future reference/audit

Manage the designated lab facility in the R&D Center & manage 1 technologists

The Successful Applicant

The role of Product Development Manager - Bakery the ideal candidate must have the following :

  • Must have extensive R&D experience
  • Must have worked in Food Manufacturing industry
  • Minimum of 5 years of functional experience with 3 year or more within a Bakery / R&D team in product or process development preferably in the Flour / bakeries
  • Experience in MNC's in preferable
  • Knowledge of product stability tests / evaluation (including sensory tools)
  • Knowledge of food safety and food hygiene standards, Food laws, Packaging and Raw materials specifications

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