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R&D Manager

Job Title: R&D Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Kuwait
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: Q93417
Contact Name: Quest Seach Selection
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Job Published: August 21, 2013 08:00

Job Description

A market leader in their field, a world-class FMCG business is currently looking for an R&D Manager with experience in Dairy and/or Juices to be based in the GCC. The Role: * Identify, conduct and manage research priorities in conjunction with R&D Leadership to ensure that business objectives are met. * Responsible to develop the sensory staff and methodologies needed to enhance the product guidance research & sensory portfolio. * Responsible for R&D functions for MENA market. * Lead key product guidance /sensory initiatives in support of growth/TMM projects. * Support the longer-range initiatives of the product guidance & sensory excellence in the R&D organization while ensuring that the business needs of project and brand teams are met. * While utilizing appropriate methods ensure that testing is conducted in a cost effective way with high quality. * Provide technical leadership to the cross-functional team that results in influencing in the decision making process. * Ensure the on-going improvement of sensory and consumer research and champion department initiatives to develop process and methods/systems. * Initiate process, formats, standardized guidelines, and protocols to align sensory and consumer research across platforms. * Identify test needs, select appropriate statistical design and test approach, and execute research while using expertise and consultancy skills. * Communicates effectively and concisely to brand teams, senior management and technical personnel of results and implications to the product design resulting from Sensory Insights testing. The Candidate: * Degree in Food Science or relevant field, to include principles of human behaviour and testing, statistics and experimental design and sensory science. * At least 5 years of leadership role and relevant experience in supporting business needs through research on consumer packaged goods. * Demonstrated strategic competencies, leadership, strong project management skills and complex problem solving abilities. * Ability to be self directed on forward thinking and decision making. * Excellent communication and influencing skills to drive performance of the business. The successful candidate for this position will be rewarded with an attractive tax-free salary package that comes with excellent benefits. If you think that you have the right qualifications for this position, please send us your CV. We request that candidates send their CV as a Microsoft Word document where possible. Quest Search and Selection is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.