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R&D Lab Technician


Reporting to a Product Technologist / Product Improvement Specialist, the R&D Lab Technician supports product and knowledge development projects in various fields including flavouring, prototyping and sensory with the aim of launching successful consumer relevant products. The R&D Lab Technician also takes care of lab equipment, the lab organisation and carries out chemical analysis. The R&D Lab Technician also reports results and prepares documents for the R&D team.

Key Accountabilities

Test management

  • Responsible for prototyping activities relative to early kitchen trials and flavouring solutions for product development projects, events organisation or innovation workshops, including preparation, executing, tastings
  • Diligently and accurately weighing ingredients and  preparing lab trials to support recipe development as specified by the lab trial sheets in a timely and efficient manner
  • Proficiency in carrying out the required analyses according to standard procedures and work instructions such as total acidity, pH measurements, gel strengths analysis etc.
  • Responsible for ensuring  accurate and correct reporting of results whilst highlighting any deviations or abnormal results efficiently and effectively
  • Support activities relative to sensory including preparation, execution of specific tests or events
  • Preparing samples for other business units and support consumer/competition analysis

Lab and kitchen management

  • Ensure proper functioning of formulation, creative and sensory kitchens, including material supply and maintenance, GLPs implementation and internal databases management
  • Responsible for maintaining the lab in a neat and organized manner by ensuring adequate labeling of samples/ingredients, material stock level maintenance, daily equipment checks
  • Responsible for up-keep of lab and safety equipment in good order and ensure availability
  • Aiding in preparation for tasting sessions
  • Participate in routine sensorial trainings sessions whilst effectively be part of the R&D sensory panel.

Ideal Candidate Profile


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Technology/ Food Science/ Food Engineering


  • Minimum 1 year demonstrated work experience executing analytical testing within a food environment, product prototyping, ideally with flavours or other flavouring ingredients and in kitchen / cooking preparations, ideally with novel and trendy ingredients
  • Experience in sensory evaluation and in product innovation will be considered an asset


Technical skills

  • Have good sensorial attributes
  • Solid understanding of food science and guiding principles
  • Analytical testing methodologies
  • Lab / kitchen management skills


  • Attention to detail
  • Drive for Results
  • Rule Oriented
  • Teamwork
  • Verbal and Written communication
  • Planning and Organizing



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