Job Title Associate Director, Coffee/Noodles/Processed Meat
1. Innovation and Product Improvements
Responsible for setting and leading the product and technology strategic direction (1-3 year plans) for innovation in noodles and related convenient foods (working in close collaboration with Marketing and Supply Chain).
Responsible for achieving the success criteria for innovation/improvement projects – product performance/acceptance, gross margin and on time in full delivery.
Plays the lead coordinating role across:
Functions in R&D: CTI, process development, packaging, system/spec, regulatory/micro & external partnerships.
Internal innovation partners such as Marketing and Supply Chain in achieving the above.
Leads within all key projects a Holistic Product Design approach (end to end) , ensuring product superiority as defined by each project/category.
2. Formulation Design
Expertizes in understanding noodle/convenient food technology (with a strong focus on brisket technologies) to deliver the formulation for innovation/improvement projects to meet the product success criteria and deliver winning products on time in full.
Defines & establishes optimum formulation & technological processes from a consumer sensory, preservation, etc. as well as financial point of view.
Partners with CTI and external partners in developing the technical product/concept insight and leads the successful transfer of it into the formulation.
Responsible for the delivery of sustainable and reliable laboratory development processes ensuring that products can effectively scaled up in the pilot plan & mass production.
Cooperates with packaging to ensure a safe and positive interaction between product & packaging (as well as the shelf life determined by packaging materials/designs).
Identifies new food/technology trends and corporates with external partners in developing future products.
Works with Operations in ensuring all the components & processes of product formulations and claims are in compliance with the local regulatory environment.
Manages, coaches & develops the noodle product development team, supporting them in project execution & career management/development.
Develops the appropriate IPR strategies (in conjunction with Legal) – ensuring we don’t infringe patents but also looking for opportunities to protect our products and technologies.