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Novel Food Product and Process Innovation Technologist

Warden Agri Ltd
Boston, Lincolnshire
From £26,000 per annum
Closing date
25 Aug 2021
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A fantastic opportunity to manage a collaboration between the University of Lincoln and Warden Agri Ltd and be part of cutting edge food innovation and application discovery.

We are looking to recruit a BSc and/or MSc Food Science graduate with knowledge of or interest in the food and drink industry and experience of performing scientific and technological investigation in a University and food industry environment directed towards acquisition of new knowledge. The successful candidate will ideally have academic and/or industry knowledge in food science, product development, manufacturing, engineering or related subjects.

As a KTP Associate working with us you will be asked to help develop the company’s expertise around food chemistry, novel ingredients and processes and their functionality and help bring a product to market that will appeal to anyone and everyone – meat-reducers, vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians, among others.


Key Responsibilities

Project Management

  • Perform project management activities, planning, scheduling, monitoring and reporting on progress of the KTP projects.


  • To perform specified experimental trials under the direction of and with advice from the project supervisory team, to generate original knowledge, contribute to decisions about the project direction, and to prepare reports on results, as required.
  • Plan own day-to-day activity within the context of the required project programme, exhibiting a high degree of autonomy.
  • The Associate will liaise with project supervisors to organise and set-up lab, pilot and factory experimental trials. Factory trials will be fully supported from the site production team.
  • Contribute to the production of research outputs, including reports, papers and other publications, learning materials for use as NCFM module content, and preparation for and presentation at national/international research conferences where appropriate.

Implementation of Findings

  • Take results from the experimental trials with consultation from Warden Agri and implement them within the process.
  • Conduct a robust food safety risk assessment to identify any potential issues with any new manufacturing methods and ingredients proposed and implement risk mitigation strategies and measures


  • Produce Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for use during the novel ingredient development process, risk assessment documents and HACCP plan for the new process.
  • Produce project documentation and reports, outlining objectives and outcomes for each stage of the project and overall administration of the project plan.
  • Training manual/documentation will be produced for Warden Agri personnel in order to embed the knowledge.

Liaison and Networking

  • Liaise with colleagues within Warden Agri and University, maintaining positive and effective working relationships; this is likely to include liaison with senior personnel in other organisations including customers, sponsors, funders and clients.
  • Where appropriate, participate in internal research activities, including seminars, research meetings and continuous professional development activities.


Role Term:

Full time, 40 hours per week and fixed term for 24 months


You will primarily be based at Warden Agri’s headquarters near Boston, Lincolnshire, with some time spent at the University of Lincoln at the National Centre For Food Manufacturing (NCFM).

Training and Development:

You will have access to a training and development package worth £4,000 to be spent according to your needs and the project’s requirements


Warden Agri farm in both Lincolnshire and in Scotland; in total we farm over 4000 acres. From our background we understand the importance of delivering Key services on time and without any interruption to your business.

Having this valuable experience allows us to understand the market from both sides as we grow our own produce to sell into companies as Ingredients.

The Products we grow are wheat, maize, oats and linseed, which are used in the Bakery, Pet Food and Renewable energy sectors playing an important part in future of the United Kingdom becoming more sustainable. 

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United Kingdom
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