Puratos Corp.

Senior Research & Development Manager for Chocolate and Compound

3 months ago
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Responsible for profitable business growth of the chocolate & compound category through the development of innovative solutions, business development, cost optimization, operational support and optimal resource planning.


Manage the R&D team and their output

    • Align the R&D activities with sales, marketing and operations expectations
    • Continuously challenge the optimal use & efficiency of R&D and measure with KPI
    • Assure a pipeline of talent and ensure competence building in an environment of self-motivation and interdependency

Contribute actively to the category strategy

    • Identify market / product opportunities and threats and implement action plans accordingly
    • Implement and support the yearly initiatives and actions
    • Closely follow the sales results and propose measures to ensure profitable growth 
    • Ensure a functional link with the BU responsibles in the Head Quarters

Development of new products and concepts

    • Formulation of products in line with the yearly marketing plan by active participation in the Stage & Gate process.
    • Tailor-made customer demands by following our Stage process.

Adaptation of existing formulas

    • cost reduction programs maintaining performances, including raw material rationalisation
    • participate pro-actively in optimisation of existing portfolios (SKU reduction, positioning, ...)

Business Development support to Sales for above mentioned product categories by : 

    • identifying new business opportunities at large customers (prospection)
    • detecting products at risk
    • implementing appropriate solutions (existing and new)
    • making internal and external presentation and seminars explaining benefits of our products
    • Participate in strategic exercises intending to develop our business in the above mentioned products. This should be based on a good understanding of the local market.

Support Operations  and TQM :

    • support in case of quality issues : judging, root-cause analysis and rework
    • ensure all steps are respected for a faultless implementation of new products in production
    • review on a yearly base with QC the non-conformities and look for optimizations
    • support the TQM requirements

Manage accurately all technical administration

    • Ensure complete documentation on raw materials, formulations, process parameters, item requests, QC tests, labelling, TDS...  on new or revised products;
    • build an accessible project documentation in line with our NPD procedure by using the appropriate tools 
    • support the Technical Documentation department
    • ensure confidentiality on formulas and know-how;
    • monthly reporting to Senior R&D manager and to the R&D manager of the category in HQ

Build expertise & network in speciality area

    • Becoming leading expert in the product range by training and field experience.
    • Ensure a functional link with the BU specialists in the Head Quarters
    • Build around the expertise an active network of high commercial value of customers, machine suppliers, researchers, vendors and the international Puratos R&D community
    • Provide intelligence on innovative raw materials & technologies that can differentiate our products

Assure premium performances of the R&D lab by designing standardised baking tests and respecting the 5S and GMP policy.


Food Safety :

    • comply with our food safety procedures upon new raw material selection, product development or modification and sample preparation.
    • report all food safety and quality issues to immediate Supervisor and / or head of Quality.


Responsible for any other assignment given by the direct superior.


  • Bachelors degree in Food Science; Masters preferred
  • 6-10yrs leading R&D in the chocolate manufacturing industry
  • Strong customer focus with active participation in business development
  • Ability to generate ideas, test their effectiveness and decide on a plan of action
  • Motivate, inspire, lead on a continual basis
  • Work collaboratively with cross functional partners
  • ICT: : standard windows
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills
  • Mobility: up to 30% to time


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