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Company: National Canners Limited

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Job Title: Research and Development Officer



Job Type: Permanent full-time

Job description:

Position:  ResearR

 Position: Research and Development Officer

Reports to:  Plant Manager

Position Summary:

  • To develop and improve formulations and processes for new and existing products.
  • To assist in establishing and maintaining quality systems for the production and delivery of food products to the consumer.
  • To continuously pursue cost-effective innovations of processes while maintaining or improving quality standards.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Establish raw material quality specifications.
  • Evaluate prospective new ingredient supplies.
  • Establish and validate all product formulations.
  • Prescribe as necessary the process parameters, methodology and quality characteristics that may define and determine the quality of the finished product.
  • Assess consumer complaints and recommend corrective action regarding the possible cause(s).
  • Continuously review processes and product formulations so as to promote more efficient process control, longer shelf-life and enhanced product quality as well as to ensure that cost-efficiencies are pursued and maximised.
  • Develop new product concepts and formulate prototypes; carry out evaluations/taste-testing and production floor trials.
  • Prepare label data for compliance with legal requirements of the consuming country.
  • Re-formulate existing products to accommodate new ingredients, new line technologies or new performance requirements such as shelf-life and texture.
  • Assist the team with respect to all aspects of international food law requirements (e.g. HACCP) with specific regard to documentation, training, auditing and review of food safety systems. Continually improve all implemented systems.
  • Assist the Quality Assurance Manager and Plant Manager in liaising with the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA). To provide to the USFDA product and process information on registered export products as required. 


Qualifications required:

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology (Home Economics, Nutrition and Dietetics) or related field of study
  • Master of Science in Agricultural Diversification (Tropical Commodity Utilization –Product Development option) or Food Technology would be an asset.
  • A minimum of five (5) years in product development and product and process improvement preferably in the food industry.

Knowledge, Skills aK


  • Knowledge, Skills Abilites: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality parameters for different products, food safety, food microbiology, cost control, the product development process and local and foreign food regulations including labelling, ability to assess the interactive dimensions of product ingredients, process conditions and packaging so as to effectively manage the quality of the final product.


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