R&D Product Expert Specialist


Lebbeke-Wieze, VOV, BE, 9280

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 11,000 passionate Employees working in more than 35 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 R&D Product Experts Specialist executes the R&D Product Experts sub-department in-scope under the guidance of the R&D Product Experts Managers. The R&D Product Experts Specialist strives for product excellence ( with strong focus on fats) and drives continuous improvement for our products and services. Ensures that requests are being integrated into laboratory operations. Consolidates and shares in-depth knowledge within R&D. The R&D Product Experts Specialist gets guidance and support from the R&D Product Experts Managers on complex activities, ad hoc requests, and key issues in the execution of his duties.


Key responsibilities include

- Act as the heart of the R&D department by consolidating and sharing in depth product knowledge, gained internally or through customer interaction, with all of R&D and our customers.

- Lead technical product development and/or packaging proactively and ensure best in class product/packaging solutions as well as world-class product ranges.

- Ensure excellence in execution by ensuring a timely delivery and outstanding speed to market in collaboration with Customer R&D.

- Strive for product excellence, packaging & raw material knowledge.

- Liaise with other functional and operational area managers such as QA, sourcing and/or OSCO to understand their current and future product testing needs.

- Interact closely with Global R&D to ensure that Product Experts apply pushed innovation correctly.

- Develop plans, cost estimates and schedules for integrating the aforementioned needs into laboratory operations.

- Define requirements and specifications for new products, new raw materials and new packaging and evaluate all aspects going into a new product launch.

- Check and confirm feasibility of transfers by acting as the interface between the different sub-departments involved.

- Interact closely with R&D Technical Lifecycle Management to manage the product portfolio effectively and efficiently.

- Act as a sparring partner to Customer R&D by challenging customer requests.

- Ensure knowledge transfer beyond location and plant by leveraging the global network or R&D Product Experts.

- Lead local product development platforms.

- Act as internal knowledge champion and provide specific product, packaging and raw materials training.

- Maintain a good knowledge of regulatory requirements for your area of expertise.


About you

Master Degree in Science/Engineering or similar, preferably in a food science discipline

You have 2-3 years of experience in R&D Experience in Project Management

Proven track record in continuous improvement management

Good knowledge of working tools (MS Office, SAP,…)

Fluent Business English and in Russian



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

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