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Food Technologist

Remuneration:Market related 
Location:Cape Town
Job level:Mid

Job description

  • Modify existing products and processes and develop new ones
  • Check and suggest improvements to safety and quality control procedures in Vital and suppliers' factories, from the raw material stage through to the finished product
  • Research current consumer markets and latest technologies to develop new product concepts
  • Select raw materials and other ingredients from suppliers
  • Prepare product costings based on raw materials and manufacturing costs to ensure profitable products
  • Form part of the audit team and assist in supplier and internal audits
  • Run trials of new products - either alongside or together with product development
  • Coordinate launches of new products
  • Assist in investigating customer complaints or product related issues
  • Compile, check and approve product specifications and labelling in conjunction with the regulatory department
  • Undertake long-term projects with other departments, such as reducing waste by improving efficiency
  • Work closely with packaging technologist on new innovations
  • Conduct experiments and produce sample products
  • Design and optimise processes to ensure food products are manufactured with consistent flavour, colour and texture in large quantities
  • Build relationships with suppliers and customers
  • Ensure products are profitable


  • Relevant food science degree or diploma, masters degree would be preferable
  • Two to five years of experience in product development, preferably with a familiarity with stability testing, food regulations and validation principles
  • Previous experience in sensory evaluations, product development and project management in an FMCG environment would be beneficial
  • Excellent attention to detail, commercial awareness and innovative thinking skills
  • Track record of successfully developing food products from concept to launch stage

Closing date: 18 December 2018.

Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Posted on 03 Dec 08:36

See also: Architect