The open position is based out of our global technical center at Thane, India and part of the Chocolate countline innovation team for Asia Middle East Africa (AMEA) region. This team is responsible for develop and deployment of chocolate products in the AMEA region. As part of this team he/she will lead the RDQI activities needed for multiple projects to launch new products in market on time. He/she will be working in projects for multiple Business units in the region (Australia & Japan, India, China, SEA and MEA countries), thus should be flexible with working hours and comfortable with remote project management.
Primary Accountabilities / Responsibilities
Independent lead in execution of various project types, either multiple complex projects in parallel but with phased deadlines or, medium to large sized RD&Q projects / activities with 3-5 interfaces outside RD&Q / supports Chocolate RD&Q projects with a focus on countline/Gifting and seasonal products.
Lead platform developments and market roll outs for products in chocolate category.
Market survey, competition benchmarking, idea development and recommendation for new product ideas, feasibility study, product development, design validation, lead benchtop and Pilot plant trial, support Factory trials & commercialisation.
Specification development and approval from relevant cross functional teams with a clear understanding of the specification management system and its interlinkages with cross functional activities.
Conducts relevant regulatory & legal compliance checks and nutritional profiling and generates IDF’s from IP searches (as applicable).
Ensures consistency, technical precision and compliance to processes and systems. Independent interpretation of data to deliver results and draw business relevant conclusions. Use of statistical tools for data analysis. Technology transfer document preparation and review.
Effectively structures and presents status updates / proposals to influence partners or share with higher management (up to and including Director-level)
Requires limited coaching of direct manager on complex activities, especially business-related topics or new technical knowledge. Is used to remote management and remote WOW.
Effectively structures and presents status updates / proposals to influence partners or share with higher management.
Awareness of business partners with focus on network-building. Technical network building within and outside the category and across functions such as Marketing, Procurement, Operations, Corporate Quality, etc.
Trains and supports others within department on range of topics within own scientific discipline.
Responsible for delivering individual and team goals.
Management of summer interns/technical trainees.