Manager R&D, Cocoa Africa


Abidjan, 01, CI, 0000

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

About the Role


The Manager R&D Cocoa Africa leads the regional African Cocoa R&D team, headquartered in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The Manager is tasked with translating the Global Cocoa R&D strategy of being the Most Innovative Cocoa Supplier with best in class Technical Support, combined with global BC strategy, into the regional strategy.  The Manager R&D Cocoa Africa is responsible for all regional Cocoa R&D related activities, and leads a team of Product Experts that is focused on cocoa product recipe set up and governance, supporting the African plants and product flows, and the Customer Support team. The Manager is directly responsible for the regional activities, and guarantees support for global Cocoa R&D initiatives. The is also charted with fostering a dynamic, inclusive, and collaborative work environment, where individuals as well as the team, excel. This function is executed in close collaboration with all relevant stakeholders in OSCO, Sales, QA, Sourcing, Marketing, and related R&D functions


Key Responsibilities Include:


  • Responsible for Managing all Cocoa R&D activities for Africa
  • Drive the R&D related part of the African business strategy
  • Lead a team of 5 people that executes all regional projects
  • Manage requests from Operations for recipe  and process set up, and optimization projects
  • Maintain recipe and process rules and regulations; guarantee RAPIDS decision making process; responsible for maintain cocoa components' quality and integrity
  • Maintain all recipes in the relevant systems (SAP, RAWMAT etc)
  • Support, and occasionally lead, global innovation and cost optimization projects
  • Support and grow regional customer support activities; guarantee an effective collaboration with the commercial teams
  • Responsible for a well functioning Pilot Plant and Application Lab
  • Responsible for the R&D Africa budget
  • Create an environment where all team members can grow in technical and leadership skills; foster individual development
  • Responsible for regional R&D CAPEX execution; maintain a 3 year outlook related to the R&D and regional strategy


About You


  • Master of Food Science degree, or equivalent, in the field of Food Science
  • Minimal 10 years of experience in an R&D related role
  • Previous expereince of Manufacturing & Industrial Processes within the Food industry
  • Experience and ability of navigating in a complex global environment
  • Extended Experience with cocoa products
  • Strong Leadership and communication skills
  • Ability to see the big picture and dig into details when necessary
  • Adaptabale and Agile mindset
  • Strong stakeholder management skills
  • Able to navigate challenging demands by various stakeholders
  • Fluent in English and French


At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.

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