R&D Process Technologist French Pastry

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Join a leading global bakery group powered by ambitious people that are truly passionate about delivering the best in everything they do.

With business in mind and people at heart we always work together to influence our road ahead. We want you to be part of our growth journey and of a great, global family.

In order to support our production site at Moeskroen, we are looking for a pragmatic & hands-on R&D Process Technologist. Worthwhile to mention is that Moeskroen has one of the most unique positions within our Group, as it is the only bakery that is specialized in all French Pastry products.

This is what you will do

As an R&D Process Technologist, you will provide a practical implementation of process improvement within our French-Pastry product group. Based on your research, you will implement solutions and innovations within the current production processes. You will report to the R&D Process Manager, and work with the site management team on a daily basis.

Primary areas of responsibility:

  • Providing technical process support
    • Independently setting up, supervising, implementing and evaluating the necessary tests and measurements in both the trial bakery and the effective production environment.
    • Processing, interpreting and concluding these results in a correct and consistent manner.
    • Scaling up the lab/trial bakery tests to final practical formulations, and processing these in production.
    • In terms of raw materials ranging from flour, butter, optimisers, etc.
    • In terms of processes ranging from kneading procedures, implications from a new harvest, etc.
    • Optimising and analysing existing formulations and production processes, in consultation (& according to priority) with the respective Site Manager as the R&D Process Manager.
    • Introducing new opportunities that can significantly improve formulations or processes.
    • Providing technical/technological support and training for your colleagues in Production, Quality Assurance and other areas.
  • Implementation and follow-up of Research projects
    • Various research projects are initiated both internally within our cluster and externally.
    • For example, internal projects in consultation with suppliers regarding the validation of raw materials or processes, etc.
    • For example, external projects in collaboration with Lantmännen, Flanders Food, universities, etc.
    • The implementation and evaluation of these research results on our production lines.
  • High-quality reporting on the respective projects and their status, as well as meticulously carrying out the research planning and proactively communicating any changes about it.

This is what you need to succeed:

You have:

  • You have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Food Technology or related disciplines.
    • Ideally, you have supplemented this with a bakery training and/or you can fall back on 3 to 5 years of hands-on experience in an industrial bakery environment
    • Knowledge of bakery ingredients, processes and machines is a strong plus
    • A basic knowledge of HACCP, BRC, IFS is preferred
  • Fluent knowledge of Dutch, French and English

Your “power skills”

  • In addition to a practical attitude, you also show good analytical thinking, so that you know how to approach a complex problem and can work in a solution-oriented manner;
  • You are open-minded, eager to learn and take initiatives to broaden your professional knowledge, as well as to share it within the team;
  • You have excellent organisational skills, and work in a correct, accurate and orderly manner. Your reports are also clear and unambiguous.
  • You show the necessary maturity and communicate in a positive manner with the various internal and external stakeholders. You have relational skills and are team-oriented, so that you are able to work smoothly and constructively together with your NPD colleagues, production, quality, etc., or within research groups.
  • You show the necessary flexibility and adaptability to enable you to switch smoothly between line tests, research projects, etc., and have a broad field of interests within R&D. In addition, you do not shy away from a challenge and proactively research new improvement initiatives within our organisation.

What we offer to you

  • The opportunity to actively pursue your love of flour, dough and bakery products in a "professional test or playground". You will thereby be at the very base and will actively participate in the development of new and tasty end products.
  • The opportunity to grow personally within, and together with our organisation. Lantmännen Unibake offers various career opportunities within our cluster and group.
  • The opportunity to work for an employer with an ambitious vision that results in millions of smiling tummies. Lantmännen - a cooperative of 25,000 farmers - is our main shareholder, whose down-to-earth and entrepreneurial outlook influences the entire organisation.

Sounds interesting?

We will interview ongoing so please don’t hesitate to send your application by submitting your resume.

If you have any questions about the position or recruitment process, please reach out to Els Magerman (Talent Acquisition Specialist). If you have any questions about the position, you are welcome to contact Rudi De Schepper (R&D Process & Ingredient Manager).

We will treat your candidature with the highest level of confidentiality.