Innovation Chef, Republic of Ireland

Focus Management Consultants Ltd
Republic of Ireland
£40000 - £48000 per annum + Benefits
Closing date
11 Feb 2022

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Food Manufacturing
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Join a green team in the Emerald Isle with this plant-based Innovation Chef opportunity. Secure your future, whilst looking after the planet's.

There are so many reasons to be excited about this opportunity with this food business, based in the Republic of Ireland. They're extremely successful global players. Responsible for many households' food brands as well as thousands of private label products. They have state-of-the-art facilities that enable them to create first-to-market foods across various categories, regularly. They are investing heavily into their plant-based products, and that's where you come in.

Half an hour's drive from Dublin in a culinary innovation centre that would blow your mind, they create food products you will recognise and most likely have eaten. They have some of the best brains within food innovation and product development on the continent. We're looking to get you involved as an Innovation Chef. It will be a role that as a passionate and creative Chef, you will thrive within linking science to satisfied customers.

This role is within the Research and Development team focusing on plant-based products, working alongside Food Scientists and Technologists as you conceptualise brand new ideas for the plant-based space. Your role is to explore, challenge, investigate, prototype, and generally go wild with food innovations. You'll push boundaries, roll your sleeves up, experiment, and no-doubt sweat blood and tears as you look to solve the puzzles, that make extraordinary food ideas, a reality.

Meat-free, plant-based foods had an overdrive since the pandemic, and we know it's no fad. The world is waking up to the power of plant-based, but it's not quite completely right. Yet. In this role as Innovation Chef, you're the bridge between the Scientists, and what's desirable in the eyes of the consumer. Taking something incredible and making it not just edible, but attractive.

So, I think it's clear this is a fascinating opportunity for any Chef that has a real ambition to create food of the future, for the world. So, what do you need to have…
  • A strong Chef background - awarded restaurants, gastronomic trailblazers, market leaders in their food styles
  • Ideally a culinary or food science degree
  • Ideally at least two years within NPD or food Innovation
  • Strong communication skills - confident to present ideas and explain concepts
  • An ability to apply key learnings to projects
  • Strong knowledge of global food trends
  • Project management skills
  • Reporting skills - clearly, concisely, and engagingly
  • A genuine fascination within food science - how, why, where it can work for now and in the future

This is a role joining the dots between insight, the food craft and science to create best in class products. You will have an active interest in science, but this position as Innovation Chef will also build your scientific knowledge, learning as you go with literature, application and collaboration with your food scientist colleagues.

You've read enough. If you want to advance your career and be integral to the future of food - get in touch, apply immediately.

REF. FTL896165


Since 1990, Focus Management has been changing the face of food and drink recruitment. 

During this time we have excelled to become the sector's leading recruitment consultancy in both UK and international markets.

If you're a candidate looking for food industry jobs, you've come to the right place. If you're a food or drink business looking for new talent, let's talk.

We have a wealth of experience working closely with a diverse range of food and drink manufacturers, food retailers, ingredients companies and food service businesses. In addition to placing candidates into Manufacturing, Technical, Engineering, Product Development, Sales, Marketing, HR, Supply Chain and Purchasing functions, we have built entire teams for some of the largest blue chip food companies in the world today.

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