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NPD Chef

13/04/21 Kildare Neg

Permanent full-time

An exceptional opportunity has arisen with a leading Irish Food business based in Naas, Co. Kildare. This highly innovative business is seeking an experienced Development Chef to join their team on a full-time, permanent basis.

This role will be responsible for the end-to-end execution of culinary projects and other NPD support activities contributing to the continued growth of the business. The ideal candidate should have a high level of competence in culinary techniques and will be able to demonstrate a strong knowledge of current food trends.

This is an excellent opportunity for a driven, passionate NPD Chef to join a market leading business focused on execution of future trends. There are regular opportunities for development and progression within the wider Food Group.

This role offers a salary starting from €40,000 and a competitive benefits package.

Role & responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the continuous development and ownership of the Culinary innovation process to agreed performance metrics.
  • Lead projects to support new product launches and continuous improvement projects in line with the requirements and guidelines related to Innovation.
  • Ensure stage gate innovation process is used appropriately to deliver the agreed targets set by the business.
  • Manage projects to a high standard by completing all required documentation and maintaining an up to date and accurate reports.
  • Ensure structural performance, Quality, cost improvements, food safety and sensory are maintained.
  • Explore new technologies to support innovative R&D, through development of partnerships and support network with leading edge suppliers and culinary academic establishments.
  • Work closely with R&D Technologists to design and monitor industrial trials. Evaluates, and shares outcomes to drive decisions during project development phase.
  • Lead Customers presentations for the business, developing creative innovation programs for your Customers (both internal & external).

Skills, experience and educational requirements:

  • A Degree in Culinary Innovation would be beneficial.
  • Minimum of 2 years' of kitchen/culinary experience, in a similar development role.
  • A solid understanding of Food Safety & Quality Management systems.
  • Highly motivated and passionate about food.
  • Ability to taste and distinguish flavours and colors.
  • Ability to deliver kitchen recipes and concepts that strengthen and advance the R&D framework.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills and strong presentation skills
  • Excellent project management skills with ability to prioritise multiple activities simultaneously.
  • Flexibility to travel as required.
  • Due to the location, own car and full clean drivers license may be required.

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Please apply by sending your CV to Brona Clarke at or call for more information.

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