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Product Design & Development Program Lead, HFD SA



Product, Design
Delhi, India
Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2023


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We are looking to hire a Product Design & Development Program Lead, HFD SA in our team based in Gurugram

Main job purpose

The Product Design & Development Program Lead, HFD SA supports leading-edge formulation & process development of new nutritional products primarily HFDs following requirements outlined in business strategies considering consumer, scientific, timing & cost objectives. The person will be responsible for developing formulations & associated manufacturing processes and/or provide analysis, characterization and evaluation of materials & products at all stages of the development process, considering consumer, cost and timing objectives.

This position covers a broad range of challenges – from pioneering innovative technology routes to strengthening existing formulations, validating methods, and establishing networks of external academic collaborators, suppliers and external partners across nutrition platforms/formats especially relevant to nutritional delivery.

This position may also serve as an expert in a specific technical skill or area of expertise and act as an R&D representative on cross-functional, global teams.

  • In-depth understanding of Cereal / Grain Science, Dairy Science, Nutrition Science, Pharmacology of active Ingredients like but not limited to Vitamins & Minerals.

  • Scientific & practical working knowledge of technologies like Mashing, Drying, Blending, Milling, Extrusion etc. and their product implications.

  • Functional product development experience in relevant nutritional formats primarily Health Food Drinks & powder formats but not limited to the same.

  • Execution of allocated product development responsibilities across the various NPD innovation projects while working in a matrix organization structure.

  • Work on variety of innovation projects while appropriately prioritizing various assigned developments tasks under the guidance of the team leaders.

  • Work with new and/or existing, internal and/or external, ingredient/formulation and/or technology partners and create world class differentiated products in accordance with the Innovation pipeline for the Nutrition category.

Job Summary

  • The incumbent will be responsible for driving New Product Development (Innovation/Rennovation) to deliver target iTO without impacting the product characteristics, sensory and other quality parameters.

  • The Incumbent will be responsible for partnering with business teams and stakeholder (Innovation, Brand, Procurement, Regulatory, Central quality, manufacturing and packing Sites etc) to develop

  • The Incumbent will be responsible for processing projects / work streams to create novel formulation-led and process-led product innovations which meet consumer needs, and hence grow Unilever’s health drink food (nutrition) businesses.

  • Ensure that new technology platform/processes are developed in a way that delivers in accordance with the agreed product and consumer requirements for the given portfolio.

  • The incumbent will own continuous improvement on existing technology platform(s) and develop predictive technologies to maximize technology’s availability / minimize quality & product incidents etc.

  • He / She will be providing inputs for all technical upgrades on process improvements in supply chain with an aim to minimal/zero impact on existing product

  • Develop formulation(s) suitable for new technology platforms. Suggest and support for establishing the optimized process and process parameters for new technology for existing formulations

  • Ensure that due support is provided to supply chain and existing business to improve product quality & Cost. Support site to site product transfers stabilizations through providing key insight of product and its characteristics

  • Ensure compliance to Internal Unilever protocols, External regulatory environment while developing product/process and technology solutions with respect to commitment to safety, environment, claim support, specification management etc.

  • Engagement with external parties (Universities, research agencies and patterners, ingredient and technology partners) for efficient Product/ Process/Technology development for delivering business deliverables.

Key Interfaces: Innovation, Supply Chain, Quality, Regulatory, Commercial and R&D team,

Key Skills and experience

You are a goal orientated Process/formulation engineer/ Executive who is passionate about creating processes for new products and with a track record of delivering projects. At Unilever we value commercially astute, digitally savvy people who can connect science and technology with the diverse needs of consumers all over the business.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

  • Significant personal expertise & Strong Scientific understanding, ability to do risk assessment and building mitigation plans in the processing of complex nutritional products.

  • Working experience (1-3 year minimum) in food / HFD manufacturing technologies

  • Product/Process/Technology development expertise & development experience in Nutritional powder/food products.

  • Ability to develop good tasting fortified product using various drying technologies like tray drying, spray drying, vacuum band drying and dry blending

  • Good understanding of Mashing & cereal technology and science, understanding of milk and protein technology, handsome exposure on various evaporation and drying technologies.

  • Basic understanding of nutrition science, RDA, nutrient safety, Nutritional powder standard sand analytical and stability sciences

  • Strong digital skills including SAP & PLM

Professional skills/background:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Chemical/Process Engineering, Dairy/Food technology/Engineering or related discipline. Masters or Ph.D. preferred.

  • 2+ years’ experience with Ph.D./ Master’s or 2+ years with bachelor’s degree.

  • Good understanding of the Nutritional health powder and wellness category.

General skills/competencies:

  • Excellent communication sills & influencing ability, both internal as well as external. Strong networking, organization, planning skills and information management.

  • Ability to deliver an agenda within a complex Unilever context & Convergent with Business process improvement techniques

  • Demonstrated ability to manage senior stakeholder relationship

  • Self-motivating with high problem-solving focus