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NPD Technologist

Cargill Plc
Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Competitive plus benefits
Closing date
10 Mar 2019
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The Development Technologist is a key member of the Innovation team delivering innovative products to Multichannel (retail and foodservice) customers. The position holder will manage all technical (food safety, quality and regulatory) and administrative elements of the development of new poultry products for the UK Multi Channel business and for Cargill Protein South East Asia and suppliers based in Asia, Europe, South America and potentially China and Russia. The position holder will be based in our dedicated production facility in Wolverhampton as part of the Innovation team delivering, short, medium and long term projects. This position provides an exciting opportunity to engage with and influence other NPD teams, become a subject matter experience on specifications, food safety requirements and customer requirements

Main Tasks:

  • Project manage an allocated project from the concept phase through to post launch review
  • Clarifying the brief and working with other team members to conduct feasibility studies
  • Arranging costs and briefing suppliers
  • Ensuring food regulations and customer requirements are met during every stage of development
  • Ensure recipe development, product and packaging design
  • To run trials at either the suppliers location or other Cargill sites, this includes; organising trials, gathering data and samples and reviewing the trial results and making recommendations
  • Agreeing customer specifications with the NPD technical team and writing quality standards
  • Sign off on packaging artwork
  • Raise and communicate SAP codes
  • Clarify and develop product briefs with Commercial Managers, developing milestones for the customer and preparing supplier briefings
  • Being clear on time lines, customer expectations, policies, sample approval requirements, specifications, packaging, artwork and quality standards
  • Compile and ensure all that the development file containing, meeting information, BRC and customer information is available and up to date
  • Provide technical information and support to the NPD and Commercial Managers


  • Previous demonstrated experience in the food industry in a NPD/ Development position
  • Understanding of HACCP and Microbiological standards
  • Experience in gathering and agreeing technical standards, demonstrating knowledge of regulatory requirements for food safety and labelling
  • Experience in creating and completing different format customer specification, including web based systems
  • Experience in processing Poultry/ Meat would be highly preferred, including experience of hygiene requirements for fully cooked ready to eat products
  • Effective communication skills, both spoken and written in English
  • Project management experience encompassing the start to a launch of a product would be preferred
  • The ability to prioritise competing demands and work to tight customer and internal deadlines
  • Experience in customer contact and presenting product samples
  • Due to the customer facing element of the position, a full driving licence and willingness to drive to customer sites is essential


Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, our privately held company employs 138,000 people in 67 countries.


We help customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and are committed to sharing our global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges.


We are grains and oilseeds – sugar – chocolate – sweeteners and starches.

We are meats, eggs and poultry – salt – cotton – dressings, sauces and oils.

We are animal nutrition – health and nutrition – ferrous, petroleum and fuels.

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