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Senior Food Scientist

Eurofins Laboratories Ltd
Reading, Berkshire
£Competitive + Benefits
Closing date
13 Mar 2019

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Food Science
Contract Type
Full Time
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Eurofins Sensory, Consumer Research & Product Design UK Limited formerly Covance Food Solutions, is looking to add a Senior Food Scientist to our team.

You will be working on a variety of product categories and as part of a dynamic small team at the Reading, UK, site, with colleagues of a similar background.

This is an exciting time to join the company based in Reading, working with a close knit team where collaborative innovation is key to success for our food industry clients.

The Role:

The Senior Food Scientist is highly versed in all phases of the food and beverage product development cycle and is responsible for leading the technical development of client projects and programs. From concept through to commercialization and launch. Additionally, they may have line management responsibility and manage either an individual or small team of Junior technologists.

Client Interface

Owns multiple client relationships including; selling our services, scoping out project proposals and managing all stages of project delivery with little supervision, delivering exceptional services to the client/s.

  • Identifies new business development opportunities with current and potential clients.
  • Develops and present credential presentations.
  • Interfaces with supervisor and clients to understand client needs and establish project deliverables; and draft proposals.
  • Ensures all client work is treated as confidential, meets current food safety, and legal compliance.
  • Ensures appropriate and timely communication of key information to client, team and supervisor. Establishes and maintains professional rapport with client. Adds insight and value to discussions, understanding client needs. Conducts, organizes and participates in face to face meetings and conference calls.

Product Development & Innovation:

Leads and manages the technical delivery of client projects, responsible for managing all stages of development or quality projects to deliver exceptional service to the client, this could include:

  • Independently writes, structures and executes project plans. Identifies appropriate phases and deliverables and determines resource needs.
  • Directs activities required by the projects and distributes activities to team members.
  • Seeks out information/facilities to get the job completed. Collaborates with internal and external resources (suppliers, consultants, professors, service providers and other third-party people) to find solutions.
  • Tracks and manages client projects ensuring deliver to budget, tracks project man day spend to self and team efficiencies. Ensures team members have adequate resources to complete activities in due time at highest quality. Meets efficiency targets
  • Ensures written reports, formulas, data and communication of employee and direct reports are thorough and ready for the client with little or no editing required by supervisor. Maintains documentation.
  • Ensures GMP procedures are followed.
  • Guides or executes experimental and analytical work, pilot plant scale-up and commercialization as required by the project.
  • Seeks out information/facilities to get the job completed. Collaborates with internal and external resources (suppliers, consultants, professors, service providers and other third-party people) to find solutions.
  • Liaises with other Eurofin sites and facilities to optimise business development opportunities.

People Management:

The Senior Food Scientist could have direct supervisory responsibilities for Junior Technologist/s and indirect supervisory responsibilities for other members on a project basis. Recruits, leads, inspires and motivates his/her team. Provides technical Instructs and training, plans, schedules and assigns work, checks and approves work. Fosters professional development and executes YER’s of direct reports through coaching, encouragement and training. Works with direct reports to ensure that professional development goals are met.

Technical Events

Keeps UpToDate and educated on relevant food literature and news. Attends industry seminars, events and exhibitions in order to develop technical skills or enhance understanding of trends, ingredients or manufacturing process. Represents company at tradeshows, selling our global services and enhancing our company profile. Occasionally presents at seminars, webinars or expo’s as technical expert.

What We Are Looking For

We look for people who believe in what we believe in. People who enjoy coming to work each day and being part of a team who provide "results that matter" in establishing the safety, composition, authenticity and origin of our food and water.


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in a food related field (e.g. Food Science, Food Technology, Food and Nutrition, Product Development, Food Processing, Sensory Science).
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience.
  • Has worked within a blue-chip company or in applications on behalf of clients or customers.
  • Practical experience in product development, can demonstrate managing complex development projects and has been involved in end to end delivery. From recipe formulation design to factory scale up and implementation.
  • Can demonstrate the ability to manage internal or external clients / stakeholders.


  • Has experience in product Development in any of the following food categories; bakery, snacks, dairy or beverages.
  • People management experience desirable but not essential.
  • HACCP trained.

About Us

Eurofins Scientific is a leading international group of laboratories with over EUR 3 billion annual sales and over 30,000 employees with a network of 400 laboratories in 42 countries.

Eurofins has a network of 16 sites in the UK and the Group provides an unparalleled range of over 150,000 reliable and validated analytical methods and support services to the pharmaceutical, food, environmental and consumer product industries, and to governments.

What Happens Next

Our people are the backbone of what we do, so it's incredibly important we find the right individuals to join us. As a potential new recruit you'll be invited to meet the team in the form of an assessment centre or a staged interview process dependent on the role and it's requirements, this will give you the opportunity to see what working for Eurofins is really like and enable us to get you know your key skills and strengths.

Your data

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Closing Date

Due to the high volume of applications we receive please be aware that if you do not receive a response within 4 weeks of the vacancy expiry date unfortunately, on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.


We provide careers for over 2000 people across 16 sites within the UK, whether working in our labs or in an office role.  We value our people, and the personal skills, experience and qualities that they bring.

Eurofins is the world leader in food and feed testing, offering a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art analytical techniques to support our customers' increasingly stringent quality and food safety standards from our Food Analytical Laboratories.

Food Testing Laboratories

Our facilities across the UK are supported by a global network of laboratories and Competence Centres, offering food testing and analysis with over 150,000 analytical methods to establish the safety, composition, authenticity, origin, traceability and purity of our food.

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