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Title:  Process Technologist

City:  Market Drayton
Department:  Research & Development

Market Drayton, GB, TF9 3SQ

Müller UK & Ireland is wholly owned by Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller which employs 24,000 people throughout Europe. In the UK, Müller develops, manufactures and markets a wide range of branded and private label dairy products made with milk from 1,500 farmers in Britain.


Müller pride ourselves on offering support to help develop your knowledge and skills. In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive benefits package within a highly successful European business that offers financial rewards and resources, including bonus scheme, contributory pension, life assurance, generous holiday allowance and a flexible benefits programme.


We are currently recruiting for a Process Technologist to join our team at Market Drayton. We are looking for an experienced individual to work in the UK R&D TIO (Technology, Innovation and Optimisation) team. You will manage cost optimisation (MEK) and new technology projects, both product and process based. You will act as support to the factory on process knowledge and capability and be responsible for R&D actions through project stage gate process (PEP).


In this role the key responsibilities for the Process Technologist will include: -
• Develop new or adapt existing recipes, taking into consideration their knowledge of quality and food safety, food law, food science, sensory requirements, cost & nutrition targets, ingredient functionality and current recipes and production processes.
• Identify, initiate and deliver opportunities for cost saving and quality improvements.
• Manage recipe or process optimisation projects, ensuring product quality is maintained.
• Support factories with implementation of new processes / equipment / technologies.
• Provide support on process related topics to Operations and Quality teams, and to other R&D members.
• Regularly work in the kitchen or the pilot plant area; develop great tasting products.
• Calculate nutrition table for new recipes, reviews figures against nutritional targets and adapts recipes where appropriate.
• Regularly keeps up to date with new products and competition in the UK market. Maintain awareness of key food trends.
• Actively research and investigate novel technologies (product & process) that could benefit the Muller business.
• Understand how your role and role of R&D contributes to business success. Understands business and customer requirements and works to deliver projects to meet these requirements.
• Operate pilot plant independently.
• Plan organise and control scale up trials, through effective communication with planning and production personnel.
• Organise and carry out appropriate product testing, e.g., shelf-life testing, organoleptic assessment, nutrition. Carries out shelf-life studies.
• Produce clear and complete trial reports. Complete due diligence documentation. Maintain any NPD documentation or records in an orderly manner.
• Complete handover of all relevant documentation and formulations to production personnel and assists with first productions. Assist with training of relevant production personnel on any new processes or parameters involved in a new product launch.
• Work closely with group procurement to source new ingredients where there are cost or supply
issues. Follow the Muller new raw material process to gain approval of ingredients and set up on IT systems.
• Able to write a clear and concise brief to suppliers, taking into consideration the cost in use target.
• Understands HACCP principles.
• Ensure all development work is undertaken safely and considers requirements of all relevant legislation, Muller Codes of Practice, retailer policies (if applicable) and brand guidelines.
• Contribute to food safety risk assessments through the NPD process.
• Able to put together an ingredient declaration and nutritional table (e.g., composite products/nutritional claims)
• Knowledge of the food legislation relevant to the role. Able to check artwork of finished products if required for their role, taking into consideration all the relevant legislation and policies.
• Deliver projects on time to plan. Understand all stages of the Muller stage gate process - PEP (Product Evolution Process), R&D's role within it and the timescales associated.
• Contribute to project timeline creation.
• Hold / attend project meetings. Write clear meeting actions and follow up on actions. Escalate risks and issues to TIO manager and project manager. Contribute to problem solving activities where issues or risks arise.
• Update key stakeholders with progress on key milestones and any deviations.
• Contribute to project feasibility studies.
• Travel to other Muller manufacturing sites or third-party co-packers across UK, where required.


Key skills & experience for the Process Technologist: -
• BSc / MSc in food Science / Science / Dairy Technology or corresponding degree level.
• Minimum 1 year experience.
• Knowledge of dairy science and processing.
• Basic nutrition knowledge.
• Experience in developing dairy products is desirable.
• Computer literate, including MS Office associated packages (particularly Excel).
• Can demonstrate good problem-solving skills; knowledge of problem-solving techniques or tools is desirable.
• Analytical / numerical skills (ability to understand equations / complex mathematical items).
• Passion for Food
• High level of self-motivation shows initiative.
• Inquisitive and creative
• Assertive and challenging
• Effective team player
• Effective Time Management Skills (effective prioritisation and management of multiple projects)
• Acts with a sense of urgency and determination, strives for operational excellence
• Operates with discipline and with appropriate attention to detail, is highly reliable
• Communicates effectively at all levels both internally and externally


The Process
If you have the skills and experience in the above areas and would like to be considered for this role, please apply at www.mullercareers.co.uk
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