Technologist, R&D


Pennsauken, NJ, US, 08110

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!


The Zurich-based Barry Callebaut Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – from the origination and processing cocoa beans to producing the finest chocolates, includi

ng chocolate fillings, decorations, and compounds. The Group runs more than 59 production facilities worldwide selling in 140 countries and employs a diverse and dedicated global workforce of over 11,500 people.


The Barry Callebaut Group serves the entire food industry, from industrial food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants, and caterers.





Under the direction of the R&D-Project manager, the R&D Food Technologist is responsible for the use of pilot plant equipment to develop new chocolate and compound products within country specific legal requirements, to customer specifications, and in a safe fashion.  Evaluation of the physical and chemical parameters of the products will be required using such analytical instruments as micrometers and viscometers.  The tech must be able to follow directions and keep accurate, thorough written records that can be used to reproduce experimental conditions.  The R&D Food Technologist is working on customer projects under supervision of the R&D Project Manager and completes all data in the Project Database concerning lab samples produced and sent.  Will be required to fully understand the manufacturing process and the impact that various formulations and physical parameters have on processing



Essential Functions:

  • Prepare chocolate/compound samples in the laboratory in a timely manner and to meet project specifications.  Send these samples to customer with correct specification and accompanying shipment documentation.
  • Compile and analyze the results obtained in the production of the samples produced on the pilot equipment.
  • Assist project manager in the development of new formulations, management of existing recipes, and management of customer projects
  • Use the data collection system to enter information related to the projects and samples produced.
  • Maintains full understanding of R&D processes, tools and databases
  • Manage the inventory of raw materials in the R&D Department.
  • Participate actively in the different projects with the R&D Team.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly work environment.  Ensure proper care and maintenance of the pilot equipment.
  • Formulate within legal requirements; ensure food safety of all formulations and samples.
  • Works within all regulatory requirements
  • Committed to providing a safe food product
  • Works within all regulatory requirements
  • Ability to adhere to GMP practices and all other food safety requirements
  • Perform all other related duties as required




Education & Work Experience:


  • Bachelor or Master of Science in a technical field (Biology, Chemistry, Food Science)-Food Science degree preferred
  • Computer Skills (Proficient use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Lotus Notes, SAP)
  • Knowledge of, or interest in baking and confectionery applications
  • Experience in a product development lab, with a pilot plant, and food quality assurance is a plus
  • Strong Technical Skills
  • Strong Critical Thinking Skills and Problem Solving abilities
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Well organized and resourceful
  • Demonstrates initiative and has good analytical skills
  • Works well in a team as well as independently


What you can expect from Barry Callebaut:


  • Competitive compensation package including salary, benefits, and vacation time
  • Collaborative atmosphere with like-minded individuals who are passionate about chocolate
  • The ability to grow your career within an organization that values development and internal career growth



We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversiy in our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status.

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