R&D Director - Dairy

Michael Page


Ref: HP350-4851

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

The R&D Director will have 4 direct reports all of them Head of R&D in their field (Dairy, Snacks, Food and Oil). He will primarily focus on leading the R&D teams in the development of new products and product formulations, and the improvement of existing products in all aspects (chemical - physical - sensory).

Client Details

Key player in Dairy/Food Industry


* Initiate & Deliver R&D track for "New Product Development","Brand Maintenance" & "Cost optimization" projects .
* Provide input & feasibility into the "Innovation Road Map" provided by Marketing
* Develop Product Prototypes, conduct Product prototype assessments including shelf life assessment to identify Lead Concept according to the Marketing brief .
* Review experimental data sensory results and technical based hypotheses in making decisions/recommendations and to solve problems encountered during prototyping.
* Develop the needed spec for all the ingredients used in the product formulations.
* Develop with Manufacturing the "manufacturing process standards" including the bill of materials required to produce the designed finished products .
* Work with Procurement to select & qualify the needed raw materials suppliers.
* Work with Engineering to select / qualify the right machine suppliers that would deliver the designed product spec.
* Ensures all ingredients are safe for use, supplier audits have been completed, raw materials spec, finished product spec and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) have been documented and verified before commercialization of any new product.
* Lead the R&D Heads of all companies and Train them and build their capabilities

Job Offer

* Attractive package



* Food technology or related fields degree


* At least 15 years of experience in R&D with extensive experience in dairy industry (preferably with 5 years of experience managing a high performance R&D teams (with demonstrated R&D management experience / results).

About the Company

Michael Page is one of the world’s leading professional recruitment consultancies, specializing in the placement of candidates in permanent, contract, temporary and interim positions with clients around the world.

The Group has operations in the UK, Continental Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. In the Middle East we focus on the areas of:

Finance & Accounting Banking & Financial Services Procurement Property & Construction Engineering & Supply Chain Oil & Gas Technical and Engineering Human Resources Sales Marketing Technology Secretarial Executive Search Legal

The Group operates through 161 offices in 33 countries and employs over 5,000 employees worldwide.

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