Specialist, R&D Product Expert


Dunmore, PA, US, 18512

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: 

Barry Callebaut is a global organization poised for growth; a company which has embraced the vision to delight its customers, while out-performing its competitors, a business which is committed to sustainability, has innovation in its DNA, is a leader in complex manufacturing and supply chain solutions and is focused on being a best-in-class employer. Barry Callebaut seeks diverse and passionate people who thrive in a dynamic environment, focused on continuous learning, living BC’s Values and of course loving chocolate.


The position of R&D Product Expert Specialist, under the direction of the R&D Manager and Product Expert, is responsible for providing technical project leadership, manufacturing technical support, and customer R&D communication to support the needs of sales, production, and quality. Similarly, the incumbent will troubleshoot existing items, plan and execute new product development projects, implement process improvements to the R&D commercialization process, and promote cross functional knowledge across products and platforms.

Key responsibilities include: 

●    Align Product Development Brief prior to development

●    Develop new or improved products within aggressive timelines based on Product Development Brief by:

          o    Documenting observed results, analyzing data, drawing conclusions and making recommendations. 

          o    Planning, attending, and executing line trials which involve procuring ingredients, communicating with the team, providing costs, change requests, documentation and suggestions for ongoing operations/quality improvement.  

          o    Conducting an effective sensory evaluation, analyzing the results, and using learnings in future development.

●    Provide technical support for new products, cost reduction/margin enhancement, quality improvement, and ingredient technology projects.

●    Support Customer Service, Marketing and Logistic, and cross-functional partners by providing product technical information as requested.

●    Provide immediate and ongoing information to sales about new product development information.

●    Ensure food safety, food quality and regulatory standards are understood and implemented.

●    Assist in troubleshooting issues with product and processes.

About you:
●    Bachelor's Degree (4 year College or University) is a must, Field of Study: Food Science/Technology, Food Engineering or related field.
●    3 plus years of experience in food/beverage product development or applications is a must.
●    Previous experience working within a production environment, experience collecting and interpreting technical data, including sensory, analytical, and commercialization.
●    General knowledge of food technology and equipment. 
●    Good working knowledge of GMPs, Health and Safety regulations. 
●    Strong understanding of functionality of ingredients.
●    Strong understanding of regulatory requirements for nutrition labeling of chocolate and chocolate products such as, Fair Trade, Organic, GMO and other sustainability program requirements.
●    Ability to drive projects to completion
●    Ability to develop an extensive understanding of production capabilities and processes across relevant categories.
●    High degree of accountability and professional commitment required. 


What you can expect from Barry Callebaut:
●    Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package
●    12 paid holidays, generous PTO, plus your birthday off
●    Environment that welcomes workplace flexibility 
●    An atmosphere where diversity is embraced, and inclusivity is second nature. We call it #OneBC! Just ask our champions with the Americas Women’s Forum and the Racial Equality Forum!
●    Ability to grow personally and professionally within an organization that values development and internal career growth
●    Be part of our mission in making sustainability the norm through Forever Chocolate with priorities centered around prospering farmers, zero child labor, carbon and forest positive, and creating 100% sustainable ingredients in all of our products.  

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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