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R&D Manager Bakery


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 74 countries, with a consolidated turnover of over €1,9 billion in 2018. 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

The position is based at Johannesburg to further strengthen our R&D Team, we are currently seeking a:

                      R&D Manager Bakery– (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Reporting directly to the R&D Executive, the successful candidate for this key function will be responsible for:

  • Applying the functions of R&D, Customer Support and NPD, Innovation project and support Operations.

Key Accountabilities

Applied R&D (40%)


  • Execute Sales Plans in line with the Sales Manager portfolio.
  • Be the expert on the product category in terms of formulation, recipe, process, equipment…
  • Run own applied research projects based on market’s request
  • Ensure continuous building of technical & scientific know-how
    Customer Support and NPD (30%)
  • Develop Tailor made products for customers supplied by the factory
  •  Provide technical support to the customers and you follow up the main projects with them
  • Active follow-up of the SANCOC
    Innovation project (20%)
  • Develop strategic projects (collaboration with equipment suppliers, key countries)
  • Support strategic R&D projects (innovations, product range extensions not based on sales request)
    Support Operations (10%)
  • comprehensive technical support on ingredients supply, process optimization and quality system
  • Align with suppliers on raw material specifications
  • Non-conformities finish good and raw material: advice, support root causing and corrective actions, organize recuperation
  • Matric qualification.
  • A degree in food technology or similar bakery specific qualification.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in food industry preferably bakery oriented
  • Computer literate (Microsoft Office suite).
  • QlikView, word and Syspro experience would be an advantage
  • Experience in Project Management System
  •  (NPD)
  • Extensive experience of Laboratory product formulation
  • Good communication in English and other SA Official Regional Languages.
  • Strong relationship building and business partnering skills with an ability to manage customer expectations.
  • Well developed, written communication, presentation, influencing and negotiation skills
  • Previous experience in a large FMCG environment in a leadership position across all disciplines.
  • Extensive experience in baking and formulation from a sales & technical perspective.
  • Able to work indepently and entrepreneurship.



Required Competencies

  • Collaborating Effectively:  Ability to think and act as one team in a spirit of trust and respect. Being open to different ideas. Building formal and informal relationship networks.
  • Communicating Effectively: Developing and delivering communications in diverse modes that generate a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Driving Performance: Showing ambition and going the extra mile in achieving expected results. Driving sustainable operational excellence through diligent planning, prioritization, monitoring & effective use of resources.
  • Improving Continuously: Being passionate about achieving high quality standards for oneself and the organization. Constantly looking for and taking advantage of improvement opportunities
  • Managing Customer Needs: Being able and eager to find out what the internal or external customer wants and needs and to act accordingly. Making the life of the customer easier. Fostering a customer centric culture


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 (salary, and market related benefits) but additionally, offers you a position that you can further develop and shape.

Interested persons who meet the requirements may apply on SuccessFactors:


Steps to apply:

  • Click on attached link to access SuccessFactors.
  • Enter your Username and Password.
  • Click on Home and select “Careers”.
  • Select “South Africa” for Country to filter only for South African jobs that have been advertised.  “OR” @



Closing Date: 31 September 2020