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Position Title: Food Scientist 

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Scarborough 

Requisition ID: 19996 



For over 60 years we’ve been the number one branded player in frozen potato market. When it comes to bringing the nation together at mealtimes with simple, delicious, and great tasting food we’re kind of a big deal!

You won’t just find us in supermarkets though. As well as owning a household retail brand, our respected foodservice business works in close partnership with distributors, chefs and caterers across thousands of the country’s pubs, restaurants, hospitals, and schools.
Our Food Scientists show that there’s more to our fries than meets the eye, getting right under the skin of our potatoes.


As a Food Scientist at McCain, you’ll work as part of our Global teams to make sure our products are always up to scratch before they are sent to our customers. Food safety is right at the top of our priority list. Not only do our products need to taste good, we also need to make sure our products are safe for anyone who buys them. That’s where our Food Scientist comes in!
You’ll collaborate with many different people and work closely with a number of teams in the UK and globally engaging with our Research & Development teams to pull together all new specifications for our product, process and ingredients as well as always raising the bar on our standards. Your curiosity will ensure that you’re always coming up with new and better ways of working.



You’ll already know the ins and outs of this position because you’ll already be doing a specification development role within a fast-paced commercially savvy food company.
We’re looking for someone…

  • Who has experience in using specification systems to produce accurate product, process & ingredient specifications.
  • That is a strong communicator. Who can grab attention and who loves collaborating with lots of different teams including; Product Development, Quality, Manufacturing / Tech Services, Procurement, Packaging and Suppliers
  • With experience of providing ingredient statements, cooking instructions and nutrition facts data for packaging development.
  • That has an understanding of food industry regulatory requirements as they relate to nutrition, microbiological, ingredient statement labelling and preparation instructions.
  • Who has experience of working in project teams, and who has a high attention to detail. Someone who is a starter/finisher.
  • Who is highly motivated and has an infectious working style.
  • Who is a lateral thinker who comes up with solutions, not problems.
  • Who can adapt their approach with the ability to work across regions with different cultures.
  • Who is insatiably curious and courageous – not afraid to challenge the status quo.




Although we do encourage you to taste the goods you’ll be pleased to know we don’t pay you in chips. For working hard, you’ll also get a great salary and some pretty good benefits including:


  • An excellent pension where we will pay double what you do, up to a maximum of 12% of your pay
  • Flexible holidays – where you can buy & sell up to 5 days holiday per year
  • Private medical insurance scheme
  • Optional health cash plan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • ‘Chips In’ Volunteering Day Off - to make a positive impact to the competitiveness, resilience, and long-term development of McCain communities across the globe



We have a culture based on achieving outcomes and with that fully support flexible working.  Our Head Office is based in Scarborough, and due to the nature of this role, we would require seeing you from time to time, but as long as the travel is reasonable, we don’t expect you to be based here every day.



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: ​Research and Development GB ​
Location(s): GB - United Kingdom : England : Scarborough || GB - United Kingdom : England : Grantham || GB - United Kingdom : England : Hull || GB - United Kingdom : England : Peterborough || GB - United Kingdom : England : Whittlesey || GB - United Kingdom : England : Wombourne || GB - United Kingdom : Other : Reference job description || GB - United Kingdom : Scotland : Montrose 

Company: McCain Foods (G.B.) Ltd 

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