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Position Title: Senior Food Scientist 

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Ballarat 

Requisition ID: 15517 



We are passionate about food. Particularly potatoes, pizza and prepared meals. But we’re even more passionate about our People!


Our R & D Team is looking for its next superstar Food Scientist take charge of a number of key projects.  In particular, we’re after an experienced food scientist that gets up in the morning dreaming of the next big thing in Pizza.


In this integral role, you will provide technical leadership and/or support for regional projects with an emphasis on new product development and product line extensions. You’ll also have an eye for opportunities in product/process improvements, cost optimization & margin improvement. You will work cross-functionally with sound stage-gate and of project management principles.


About the role

  • Work with Marketing to understand consumer needs and bring solutions through developing new concepts, prototypes and products
  • Work customers and suppliers as required to meet R&D and Company objectives
  • Coordinate and investigate all solutions & opportunities in order to deliver new product proposals or to improve existing products
  • Generate timelines taking into consideration all aspects of the project following the Stage Gate process as project technical lead, in partnership with Commercial Lead and Project manager.
  • Follow structured product development process to develop commercially viable products in line with the brief to agreed time, cost and quality requirements
  • Due diligence to Innovation Management process, procedures and documentation ensuring all necessary information is available.


About you

  • Demonstrated experience in a similar Food Scientist role
  • Proven bakery product development expertise
  • A curious, creative mind set paired with passion to change the way consumer experience a frozen pizza!
  • A technical lead able to involve both internal and external stakeholders to achieve results at pace
  • Understanding of food manufacturing operations and production facilities combined with familiarity with production equipment and capabilities
  • Strong working knowledge of food laws and regulations required, including nutritional facts development, ingredient declarations, develop formulas and maintain proper R&D documentation
  • Ability to interpret consumer research data and apply to product development
  • Ability to flex between working independently and within a team environment
  • Sound communication skills with the ability to influence key stakeholders


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. 
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Job Family: Research & Development      
Division: Global Research and Development 
Department: ​R and D ANZ ​
Location(s): AU - Australia : Victoria : Melbourne || AU - Australia : New South Wales : Gordon || AU - Australia : New South Wales : Lisarow || AU - Australia : New South Wales : Sidney || AU - Australia : Other : Reference job description || AU - Australia : Queensland : Brisbane || AU - Australia : Queensland : Morningside || AU - Australia : South Australia : Adelaide || AU - Australia : South Australia : Penola || AU - Australia : Tasmania : Hobart || AU - Australia : Tasmania : Smithton || AU - Australia : Victoria : Ballarat || AU - Australia : Western Australia : Perth 

Company: McCain Foods (Aust) Pty. 

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