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R&D Technologist – WESSA Flavours & Seasonings

Johannesburg, South Africa
Research and Development

South Africa - English

Job Description

Auto req ID: 143231BR

Job Description

  • The role involves delivering, under leadership, a wide project portfolio related to the SSA snack food brands in an FMCG environment where the priorities are constantly evolving at a fast pace (including brands Lays, Simba, Doritos and various ValueCo products)
  • Develop product /technical solutions for BU calendar activities (SSA)
  • Manage raw material suppliers (incl. seasoning houses) & 3rd parties to direct work programmes PepsiCo
  • Organise and lead pilot/plant trials within our own factories and co-manufacturers
  • Demonstrate an understanding of consumer product testing, sensory and analytical testing to deliver superior products to the market.
  • Considerable interaction with project team members from level 2 up to level 11 across multiple functions and disciplines
  • The role involves managing the some elements of the development cycle of NPD, renovation, productivity projects with guidance and direction on priorities supplied by the local Snr Scientist.The role works alongside peers from other functions (e.g. marketing, operations, finance). Project team members might range from level 3 to Band 2, so significant senior interaction will be required


  • Graduate in a Food Science or related discipline or equivalent
  • Minimum of 2 years’ previous experience in FMCG R&D, product or technology development roles
  • Passion for creativity and innovation within a commercially driven environment
  • Strives for high standards, seeks innovative solutions, drives continuous improvement of products and processes and demonstrates a high degree of attention to detail
  • Basic analytical skills to interpret data and distil into meaningful information e.g. interpreting consumer insights, experimental design and statistical inference
  • Project management skills to effectively drive a complex project portfolio across different markets
  • Presentation skills (written & verbal

Relocation Eligible: Not Eligible for Relocation
Job Type: Regular