Research And Development Manager at Ischus Consults

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  • Company: Ischus Consults
  • Location: Kenya
  • State: Nairobi
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: Data Science / Research Jobs in Kenya
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Job Description

DAL Foods, the biggest agri-food business in Sudan and a sub-sector of the DAL Group is seeking an:

R&D Managers (Dairy)

Reporting directly to the VP/Head of Dairy & Beverages, in the role of R&D Manager, you will be in the company’s growth heart, and together with your NPD team you must enable the competitive edge and create new opportunities for the DAL-Food Division.

Responsibilities
  • Full operational responsibility of the NPD, products maintenance, technical services, and research related to the Dairy & Beverages area: Milk, Milk Powder, tomato paste, etc.
  • Oversees product development and leads the NPD team, managing and protecting the IP assuring the accountability of the R&D part of the innovation-renovation-optimisation projects, related applications, and knowledge services.
  • Contributes to the strategic planning for the products categories and translates it into annual and three-year R&D plans with targets and KPIs, ensuring the innovation-renovation-optimisation projects are completed on time, properly recorded and within the budget, in accordance with corporate strategy.
  • Promotes a productive R&D culture that is motivated and accountable having customers focus on innovation, quality, and improving the user experience.
  • Leverages internal and external relationships to understand, discover, and develop new and enhanced products, overcoming barriers to innovation.
  • Explores new scientific technologies and approaches and determines their applicability that positively separates DAL Food Division from its competitors, while keeping abreast of competitive products and technology advances, including new categories.
  • Lead product development & validate performance against corporate business goals. Interface and communicate project status with customers and the commercial team
  • Maintain accurate records on project files, milestone charts, design reviews, product formulations, yield data, procedures, and costing analysis pertinent to various projects
Qualifications
  • Ideally a master’s degree, with a bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Food Technology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry and related areas.
  • At least 7 years of relevant working experience, preferably in a similar leading position within the food industry.
  • Extensive knowledge about raw materials, ingredients and their interaction in the application and processing of food products (dairy products, in particular).
  • Proven project management skills, able to demonstrate a practical understanding of the NPD Process.
  • Fluent in English. Knowledge of Arabic will be a surplus.
Key Competencies
  • With entrepreneurial flair, a resilient and tenacious approach, be passionate about formulating great products.
  • Has excellent leadership skills and the enthusiasm to lead a team of food technologists/scientists across several disciplines.
  • Collaborates with cross-functional stakeholders, and ability to form a bridge between the technical aspects of R&D and the commercial objectives of the organisation.
  • Present “a lead by example” attitude, embracing a culture of learning and professional development – both as an individual and team capability.
  • A hands-on approach with good problem-solving skills and flexibility to expand his/her knowledge in existing and new categories. Never afraid, always challenging the new.
Method of Application
Submit your CV and Application on Company Website : Click Here Closing Date : 31 May. 2022
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