Food jobs in research & development

Food research is a hugely important role in the food industry, as it allows the creation of new products as well as the refinement and development of new ones. You will be carrying out research on a particular field which is relevant to your employer, and will need to become an expert on that subject. You will test new products, experiment with different ideas, and bring your own thoughts to the table to help make products better. You may report to a supervisor, or directly to a management department who will put your findings into action.

There are lots of food research vacancies available at, so head to our pages to start your career or find your next opportunity. Whether you want to work strictly in research and development on a scientific level, or move towards being a development chef, the opportunities are there. You can gain experience in a team role before heading up your own department if you have the leadership skills required. Your salary will grow in relation to your experience, too.

Education is an excellent starting point for these roles, and you may want to consider getting a degree in food science before you apply for jobs. You can find opportunities as work experience or internship while you study, particularly during the summer. On the job experience is also very important, and it’s recommended that you at least work for a short time in an internship before applying to any roles.

Food research specialists can work anywhere in the world, and international opportunities continue to grow as less developed countries seek to bring their production up to a higher standard. Keep an eye on the job boards at or get in touch with our advisers to discover the latest food research jobs as they become available.


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  • NPD Manager

    • Lancashire
    • Competitive salary plus company benefits
    • Paul Nyman Consultancy

    Exciting new opportunity to join a growing Product Development team to lead innovation,partnering with key retail customers.

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  • Packaging procurement manager

    • London
    • £Competitive
    • Innocent Drinks

    You’ll be responsible for line managing a Junior Packaging Buyer; owning direct-sourced contracts and negotiating a direct-sourced  COGS...

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  • NPD Manager

    • East Midlands Region
    • £35,000 - £40,000
    • B3 Jobs Ltd

    NPD Manager Job ref: 61417 | £35,000 - £40,000 | East Midlands The company This long-standing family manufacturer uses the best quality natural ing...


  • Concept Packaging Developer

    • Worksop
    • Competitive
    • Greencore Group

    Our real passion and drive for innovation is ke...


  • Senior NPD Technologist

    • North West
    • Up to £38,000 per annum + benefits
    • Harper Anderton Associates Ltd

    Our client is a leader in their product category and are renowned for pushing innovation boundaries. Due to business and customer expansion the bus...


  • Interim Product Manager, Lincolnshire

    • Lincolnshire
    • £350 - £400 per day + Expenses
    • FocusInterim

    Interim Product Manager assignment - food manufacturing - Lincolnshire.


  • New Product Development Technologist

    • Buckinghamshire
    • £20000 - £24000 per annum
    • Zest Recruitment

    Perfect, innovative products. Are you a graduate looking for an exciting opportunity within new product development?

  • NPD Manager

    • West Yorkshire
    • £35,000 - 40,000
    • KPI Recruitment Ltd

    My Client - an expanding, family owned food manufacturing company - has a fantastic opportunity for a NPD Manager to join their successful team.

  • NPD Manager

    • Derbyshire
    • £25,000 - 35,000
    • KPI Recruitment Ltd

    An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and enthusiastic person to lead a small NPD team involved with both product and process developm...

  • NPD Technologist

    • North East England
    • £26,000 - 28,000
    • KPI Recruitment Ltd

    An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and enthusiastic person to join a small NPD team involved with both product and process developm...

  • Graduate NPD Technologist

    • Gloucestershire
    • £18000 - £21000 per annum
    • Zest Recruitment

    Graduate NPD Technologist £18,000 - £21,000 Gloucestershire Do you have a degree in either Food Science or Food Technology and are looking for yo...

  • Senior NPD Technologist

    • Glasgow
    • £25,000 - 27,000
    • KPI Recruitment Ltd

    My client is currently looking for a Senior Development Technologist.

  • NPD Food Technologist

    • North East England
    • £23,000 - 28,000
    • KPI Recruitment Ltd

    My client is a leader in their field and is currently looking to add to their Development team.

  • Agronomist, Lincolnshire

    • Lincolnshire
    • £35000 - £42500 per annum
    • Focus Management

    Do you have a real passion for plants and agriculture and literally understand the principle of field to fork? Then read on...

  • Trials Officer

    • South East England / Kent
    • £Competitive Salary
    • Tailormade Resources

    We are currently recruiting a Trials Officer, to work in a maternity contract position.

  • Head of NPD

    • East Midlands
    • ££comp + car, bonus etc
    • Scantec Personnel Ltd

    Head of NPD FMCG chilled East Midlands £££comp + car, bonus A leading chilled foods manufacturer is currently seeking a Head of NPD to lead and...

  • Development Chef

    • West Midlands Region
    • £negotiable
    • Blue Spark

    Experience of working within food manufacturing is essential where you have demonstrated the ability to take on responsibility for...

  • Development Chef

    • Spalding, Lincolnshire
    • £34,000 - £40,000 per annum
    • Bakkavor

    Bakkavor Salads are looking for an experienced Development Chef to develop, innovate and upgrade products...

  • Applied Plant Pathologist

    • Kent
    • £Competitive + benefits
    • Redfox Executive Selection Ltd

    Our client is one of the UK’s largest Soft Fruit producers. Based in the Kent this extremely interesting newly created role is designed to improve ...

  • NPD Manager

    • England, North Yorkshire
    • £43000.00 - £50000.00 per annum
    • The One Group

    The business I am recruiting for are a successful, expanding and diverse Food Production company that cater to premium Retailers within the UK incl...

  • Head of NPD

    • North West England
    • To attract the best
    • Paul Nyman Consultancy

    Paul Nyman Consultancy are recruiting a Head of NPD for an own-label short shelf life indulgent on trend food category based in the North West.

  • Development Technologist

    • Bourne, Lincolnshire
    • £23,000 - £26,000k, depending on experience
    • Bakkavor

    Your role will be to develop products from initial concept to hand over to the process development team to expected timescales...

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