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Development Technologist

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Date: 04-Jan-2022

Location: Barnsley, GB

Company: Premier Foods

A great British food company 

Premier Foods is one of Britain’s biggest listed food companies, employing over 4,000 colleagues at 15 manufacturing sites and offices up and down the country.

Many of our brands have been part of UK life for more than a century and you’ll find them in 94% of British households.

At Premier foods we believe in inclusion, authenticity and individuality. We aim to ensure all existing and potential colleagues are given equitable opportunities and are respected, valued and encouraged to bring their true authentic selves to work no matter who they are, what they look like, who they love or what they believe in. Our culture is one where everyone is welcome. 


R&D Technologist

Based in Carlton, Barnsley


Role Purpose:

We’re delighted to offer the opportunity for an experienced Development Technologist to join our site team at Carlton. You will be responsible for the development of new products from ideation through to Launch – to include bench scale, scale up to pilot/factory – and full factory trials/implementation.


What you will be doing:

  • To deliver new and existing product development for the related product area.
  • Lead test bakery and factory trials with operations, process and site technical teams at relevant sites. Liaise with all site functions to progress projects.
  • Progress all aspects of document control and process relating to project.
  • Project team member representing development.
  • To work with marketing and the consumers to develop ideas and shape projects.
  • Monitor current trends and consumer food behaviors.
  • To work with the Sensory and Marketing contacts to set bench marks.
  • Understand the ingredients relating to specific products and work with suppliers.
  • Maintain contact with internal central teams e.g regulatory, nutrition to ensure issues are assessed and acted upon accordingly.
  • Manage the link to the technical support function at all sites of manufacture (internal and co-manufacture) to ensure efficient delivery of project.
  • Present concepts within Premier and externally to Customers as need arises


What we need from you:

  • Experienced Development Technologist
  • HNC Food Science/Technology, BTEC Food Science
  • BSc Food Science/Technology or related degree, Intermediate Food Hygiene (preferred)
  • Baking experience preferred
  • Passionate about the challenge of product development
  • Genuine interest in food and food trends
  • Innovative and creative, with the ability to work in both test bakery/pilot plant and full-scale production environments
  • You enjoy working alone and within team – and have great communication skills – being able to work across levels with confidence and authority.


What we offer you in return:

  • Competitive salary
  • Up to 7.5% pension
  • Life assurance
  • Wide range of online and in-house training
  • Access to an employee discount scheme, with access to hundreds of nationwide retailers