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Position Title: Food Scientist 

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Ballarat 

Requisition ID: 23715 



We know the importance that food plays in people's lives – the power it has to bring people, families, and communities together. At McCain, our purpose is to celebrate real connections, through delicious planet-friendly food, with those that are important to us.


Our R & D Team is looking for its next superstar Food Scientist. Based in Ballarat & reporting to the R&D Manager, this role will see you supporting multiple global, regional & local projects with an emphasis on new product development, product line extensions, product/process improvements, cost optimization & margin improvement. 


About the Role

Projects & Execution:

  • Follow structured product development process to develop commercially viable products in line with the project brief to agreed time, cost and quality requirements
  • Apply due diligence to Innovation Management process, procedures & documentation ensuring all necessary information is available.  
  • Develop a focused implementation plan including agreed & approved documentation to ensure smooth handover to production & QA
  • Operate online specification management system to document specifications


Customer and Supplier support:

  • Interface with customers, suppliers & co-packers, as required to meet R&D and Company objectives
  • Gather customer needs by developing new concepts, prototypes & products
  • Coordinate raw material development, evaluation, improvement activities with suppliers
  • Provide technical support to Operations, QA, Procurement, Engineering & other departments, in identifying/solving product design & manufacturing issues


About You

  • A minimum of 3 years' demonstrated successful work experience in food product development or food science related area
  • Robust working knowledge of food laws and regulations, including nutritional facts development, ingredient declarations, & maintaining R&D documentation
  • Working knowledge of statistical process control concepts paired with general knowledge of mathematical, scientific weights & measures
  • Good understanding of food manufacturing operations and production capabilities
  • Curious about trends, ingredients & new food product introductions 
  • Ability to interpret consumer research data and apply to product development
  • Exceptional planning & organising skills paired with effective interpersonal skills 

If you want to be a part of a flourishing, energetic, supportive environment and are inspired by the prospect of being a part of something bigger, look no further! Apply Now for this terrific opportunity!



McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace.  As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger. 
McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

The health and safety of McCain employees and their families has been our number one priority since the start of COVID-19 pandemic. With vaccination restrictions easing across the globe we do not currently require employees to be vaccinated, but we reserve the right to change this mandate in line with health guidance and regulations in each country.
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Job Family: Research & Development      
Division: Global Research and Development 
Department: ​R and D ANZ ​
Location(s): AU - Australia : Victoria : Melbourne 

Company: McCain Foods (Aust) Pty. 

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