Research Scientist

Central Belt
£dependant on experience
27 Jul 2017
27 Aug 2017
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Contract Type

Eden Scott’s client is a highly successful food manufacturer supplying branded products to the UK retailers. A business steeped in innovation and research we are looking for an experienced Research Scientist.

Reporting to the Head of R&D you will lead the Research programme on ingredients across the organisation. Supporting strategic external partnerships (suppliers; research bodies; co manufacturing) to provide scientific competitive edge to the business, by leveraging known capabilities and scouting for new ingredients & process.


  • Design and lead the research programme on ingredients to build ingredient scientific knowledge.
  • Independently develop and execute experimental plans to generate critical science insights and intellectual property (IP)
  • Define technical requirements for applications; ensure in-depth understanding of ingredients functionality and interactions.
  • Liaise with strategic partners to define a platform and forum for developing and leveraging ingredients knowledge. In conjunction with the Head of R&D, identify and protect product IP, and define external research and publication strategy.
  • Define, direct and/or conduct ingredient functionality experimentation, statistically interpret results and suggest scientifically sound next steps.
  • Ensure fit for purpose ingredient specifications, identifying and controlling key attributes.
  • Review and improve testing requirements on in-bound ingredients and technology requirements.
  • Ensure learnings are shared across the internal business community in a timely manner.
  • Deliver in-house training on ingredient functionality, defining impact and solutions to control ingredient variability and interactions.


  • Masters Degree in Food Science, Technology or Specific Ingredients Research qualification/experience. (Required)
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in Research/Scientific organisation, or within FMCG Food company in a Scientific/Food research role. (Required)
  • Food manufacturing & NPD experience (Desirable)
  • Knowledge of Food Manufacturing Standards and ingredient technical requirements.
  • Genius love of/affinity with food.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity, apply now. To discuss this role in more detail, call Alasdair Murray on 0131 550 1117.

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