R&D Lead South – Asia

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About the job

R&D Lead: Orchestrating Culinary Excellence and Technical Mastery in South & Central Asia Business Unit

Location: ColomboHybrid

About The Position

The main purpose of the function is the technical delivery of innovations/renovation in South & Central Asia Business Unit on time in full, ensuring full applicable regulatory, quality, Halal and Food safety compliance of food product, packaging and labeling. He/she provides local technical input/insights into innovation projects to R&D, key Business Unit partners and external stakeholders (suppliers). He/she also supports the Business Unit, in activation of new/rejuvenated product launches where close teamwork is required with all relevant stakeholders.The incumbent as a Technical Product Leader who will lead and land innovation/renovation/cost saving projects. As part of the RD Global team, incumbent is involved in projects either as a leading Manager or part of the team member. He/She have a responsibility on landing RD initiatives, program on ground.As a key RD Person in Sri Lanka, incumbent is a key person that interacts with the all relevant stakeholders on delivery of approved projects.

So, what does it take to be successful in this role?

  • Technical Mastery: Demonstrated expertise in food science, particularly in plant-based food technology, covering a variety of products. This knowledge underpins effective decision-making and guidance throughout the product development process.
  • Project Leadership: Proven ability to lead intricate projects from inception to completion, serving as the focal point for technical aspects and maintaining transparent communication with stakeholders.
  • Innovative Thinking: A proactive, creative thinker capable of offering innovative ideas for new product development. This includes problem-solving and addressing technical challenges in unique ways.
  • Collaborative Team Player: Thrives within a collaborative, global framework, working seamlessly with departments like R&D, marketing, supply chain, and regulatory affairs. A positive attitude and strong communication skills facilitate effective teamwork.
  • Quality and Compliance Focus: Maintains an unwavering commitment to quality and food safety compliance throughout the product development lifecycle. Ensures projects adhere to regulatory, quality, and halal standards while driving success.

What’s Next

“The deadline to apply for this position is 10th September 2023. The first stage of the process will be a Video interview with our Talent Acquisition Specialist Kishore Reddy on the 12th & 13th Sep 2023. The first interview with the Hiring manager will take place on the 14th & 15th Sep 2023. The Final Interview will be within 3 days thereafter”We understand your resume might not be up to date and recommend that you apply with what you have or your LinkedIn Profile. Upfield is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse workplace, we understand that you might not meet all the requirements stated in the description, but we encourage you to apply anyway. You might be the right candidate for this role or other roles.Upfield is an employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and equal opportunities for all. We recruit based only on values, qualifications, performance, skills, behaviours, experience, and knowledge. We ensure job advertisements are free from unintentional bias. No personal characteristics should be a barrier to joining Upfield. We prohibit discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or other personal characteristics.

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