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R&D Manager (f/m/d) - 100 %

Do you have the appetite to Grow Your Magic?

Consumers everywhere are increasingly conscious of the quality of the food they eat. Puratos develops, produces and distributes a unique range of ingredients for bakers, pastry-chefs and chocolatiers who demand the very highest quality.

Founded in Belgium in 1919, Puratos is growing rapidly with over 9000 employees in 80 countries, with a consolidated turnover of over €2.2 billion in 2021. Our passion for innovation, pioneering spirit and core values continue to propel our global ambitions. This, coupled with our commitment to our communities is what makes working at Puratos so magical.

 

Position Overview

 

Puratos has the strong belief that the future of bread lies in its past. The authenticity, flavour complexity, and microbial flora of sourdough make it a key ingredient in the creation of rustic-style breads. To supply more customers with living, local sourdoughs, Puratos has invested in new sourdough productions.

Puratos Switzerland was the first to start local, organic sourdough and label production in 2019. Introducing several local sourdoughs, was the first company on its home market to position a range of Swiss certified (IP-Swiss) and Swiss organic sourdoughs. Supporting the local economy, sourdoughs are made in collaboration with a local miller, using traditional variations of wholegrain (organic) flours.

For our Swiss Subsidiary in Dulliken we are looking for a highly motivated

 

R&D Manager (f/m/d) - 100 %

 

You will plan and organize the R&D activities of the company, taking into account both Group and local requirements. In close collaboration with Sales, Marketing, Operations, Technical Advisors, Quality Management and the Group R&D teams, you will develop Puratos Switzerland as the reliable partner in innovation enabling Puratos to outpace the market.

You will report to Country General Manager and be an active member of the Management Team.

 

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop and co-ordinate the development of group and local innovations and product adaptations for the bakery, pastry and patisserie product range, and all focus customers and customer segments, based on market trends and/or specific customer demands.
  • Ensure both pro-actively and reactively technical support -as well externally as internally
  • Presentation and implementation of Puratos solutions/innovations at customers (in particular industry)
  • Training of sales, marketing and demonstrators
  • Manage, coach and develop the R&D team
  • Build or assist in building effective customer relationships with R&D, operations, purchasing
  • Develop a continuous dialogue with Group R&D and selected country R&D teams in the context of project/priority management and best practice exchange
  • Manage the R&D cost budget.
  • Ensure confidentiality of formulas and protection of know-how respecting the Group golden rules of know-how protection
  • Ensure the accurate and complete technical documentation of our products.
  • Live the Puratos values, vision and mission.

 

Profile

  • University degree in food science or equivalent
  • Proven experience in new product development/applied R&D in food industry; experience in the bakery and/or confectionery sector is a strong asset
  • Fluent in German and English, French is a plus
  • Strong planning, organization & project management (e.g. Stage & Gate) skills
  • Excellent communicator both verbally and in writing
  • Commercial spirit
  • Natural fluency in developing customer relationships
  • Excellent team builder/player
  • Creative, passionate about new product development/innovation
  • Strong analytical capability, curious to identify new business opportunities
  • Proven ability to (over) achieve targets

 

Offer

Puratos provides a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment that encourages our people to take initiatives and bring ideas that will contribute to the success of the company. Of course, Puratos offers a competitive package and additionally, offers you a position that you can further develop and shape.