Food Product Development Technologist

2 months ago(03/10/2017 04:41)
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Food Manufacturing

Job Description

About Us


Global consumers have a growing appetite for healthy pre-packed salads and value added vegetables, which has resulted in significant growth and expansion for the OneHarvest organisation, one of Australia’s leading and most innovative food manufacturing companies.


About the Role


We are now seeking a Food Concept and Innovation Technologist to join our value-add salad and vegetable processing facility in Wacol, Brisbane. Working within the New Product Development Team (NDP), you will be responsible for creating new products, setting product development plans and managing customer relationships in our fast paced FMCG environment.



  • Conduct new product research, conceptualise and develop new products to excite the category that contributes to continued business growth

  • Apply scientific and engineering principles in the research, development, production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and utilisation of foods

  • Research the latest developments and trends in the industry domestically and overseas and complete benchmarking

  • Manage the internal trial process as it relates to new product introduction and conduct trials with customers

  • Run product feasibility meetings with the Process Technologist to ensure that all products launched are feasible and will deliver a positive benefit to the business.

  • Develop product costings and commercial acumen with project budget management

  • Update existing product portfolios and drive continuous improvements

  • Prepare and facilitate customer presentations and sample preparations

    Tests new products and develop specific processing methods in consultation with relevant departments
  • Understand customer briefs and business values to create new concepts and product improvements, both in response to briefs and proactive internal development.
  • Work cross functionally as part of the NDP team, liaising internally with Marketing, Technical, Production and Commercial teams as well as external suppliers to ensure the successful development of products.
  • Present proposals to customers showing a clear understanding of recipes, benchmarks, commercial costings, customer needs and manufacturing capabilities.
  • Support the NPD Process team in the smooth transfer of products from development to full factory launch to the required timescale, quality and budget.
  • Assist in the preparation of concept development plans, incorporating trend scanning, consumer insights and category performance data.



  • Passion for food, creative flair and an awareness of the latest food trends and innovations.
  • BSc Food Science, or similar, degree.
  • Experience in FMCG industry in a product concept development role.
  • Chef background desirable but not essential.
  • 3+ years’ experience in a similar role within new product development.
  • Strong initiative and a willingness to take on projects in a fast paced environment.
  • Good commercial and category development awareness and understanding of production processes and development limitations.
  • High attention to detail and strong organisation skills
  • Refined communication skills and ability to build relationships quickly and effectively



  • Opportunity to broaden your product experience with a progressive food business in an exciting and varied NPD role.
  • Work and develop within a growth category area.
  • Competitive remuneration and unique employee benefits


How to Apply


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Due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We do not utilise recruitment agencies.





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