Head of R&D - Engineering jobs in Malta - June 2024
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Head of R&D

Foster Clark Products Ltd , Central Malta

Published on 11 Jun 2024

Expires in 20 days (11 Jul 2024)

Reporting to the Marketing & Strategy Director , the Head of R&D is responsible for the development of successful new products & categories and the continuous renovation of existing products. The Head of R&D is to manage the project portfolio, mentor a team of Product Improvement Specialists, look at the team development (training, project assignment, talent management, temporary and permanent succession planning) and to ensure managerial responsibilities (target settings & reviews based on department KPIs/performances, project resources allocations/costs).


Key Accountabilities

Product Development Management

  • Ensure the Establishment of consumer and category mapping & benchmarking based on consumers & business insights (key benefits, drivers and attributes, concepts and sensory spaces for consumer preferences)
  • Develop the R&D strategy for recipe innovation and renovation in liaison with other business units.
  • Direct the development process with respect to new / existing categories following ideas generated from Consumer Insight
  • Lead product development and product improvements from bench to pilot plant trials, using innovative / existing ingredients while meeting regulatory / nutritional guidelines.
  • Integrate consumer, food science and process knowledge in the interpretation of recipe innovation and renovation projects
  • Ensure the products “supermarket and key libraries” are developed in harmony and constant challenging (strength, differentiation, flexibility of the libraries Vs categories’ opportunities)

Stakeholder Management

  • Drive decisions by effectively networking with relevant stakeholders/decision-makers in R&D department, marketing & sales and other business units (e.g. procurement and operation)
  • Pursue effective working relations with international food and food ingredient standards development organizations, suppliers, and other technical institutes working on ingredient or flavor research

Program Management

  • Manage the R&D program and project priorities according to briefs from the markets by resource allocation and ensuring success by identifying competence level.
  • Oversee the delivery of solutions at defined quality, time, and cost to fuel science-based innovation transfers into our business unit(s).
  • Oversee knowledge building, documentation of results and methods

Technical Assistance

  • Give operational support to the Process and Applications team in industrialization start-ups and follow up product launches, including product improvements as may be necessary
  • Oversee the R&D Lab as it pertains to product testing, analysis, and validation on new products as well as analyzing and correcting R&D activities

Structure, Develop & Lead the team

  • Manage the work of a reporting team of skilled scientists & lab technicians to deliver set objectives Vs department KPIs
  • Oversee the ongoing development of the team & succession planning
  • Ensure alignment to the Company Calendar, KPIs, Company policies and procedures in the R&D function’s undertakings 


Ideal Candidate Profile


  • MSc degree in a relevant technical field (Food Science/Technology/Engineering, Material Science, Analytical Chemistry, Product Technology, etc.).
  • Preferably with a PhD in the food science field


  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in R&D, specifically Product Development (Recipe) in the food and beverage industry
  • Previous professional experience across food / beverage portfolio & project management, formulation with strong ingredient knowledge and diverse process experience in powder food & beverage mixes will be considered an asset
  • Experience working with cross functional teams from Consumer Insights to Applications management

Technical skills

  • Fluent English
  • Strong ingredient knowledge
  • Knowledge of product development processes and prototype modeling methods
  • Excellent project and time management skills
  • Sensory training and experience
  • Up to date knowledge of quality, safety, and hygiene requirements
  • Solid knowledge of Product Lifecycle Management Systems, performance reporting and financial/budgeting processes

Soft skills

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Strategic Thinking and Change Management
  • Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Attention to Detail
  • Drive for results
  • Quality Orientation
  • Building strategic partnerships
  • Influencing and impact including conflict management
  • Environmental Scanning (including Global Awareness)
  • Program and Project Management
  • Vision creation and motivation
  • Monitoring and measuring
  • Developing People

Full Time
Job Type
Senior Management
Experience Level

Mechanical Engineer

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