R&D Application Specialist in Dublin / Kilkenny Outside of U.S./Canada

Glanbia Nutritionals
R&D Application Specialist
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Dublin / Kilkenny Outside of U.S./Canada
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Job Types:
Food Technol/Scientist, Research Technician

R&D Applications Specialist

Reports To: R&D Manager

Department: R&D

Location: Kilkenny

Pay Status: Salaried

Job Summary

Based in Kilkenny Ireland, and reporting to the R&D Applications Manager, this role involves developing products, formulations and applications for advanced nutritional products. Working closely with product management and commercial team, customer visits and interaction with customers will be an integral part of the role.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities (not restrictive)

  • Design concepts and products using Glanbia Nutritionals ingredients across a variety of applications (bars, beverages, baked goods, fresh dairy etc.)
  • Advise and support European commercial, product management and marketing team, providing necessary research, technical and application support
  • Compile nutritionals, application sheets and prototype samples as required
  • Provide technical applications support for distributors and European customers
  • Work in close collaboration with the US R&D centre and adapt US recipes for EU market and support technical transfer of US products to Europe
  • Keep up to date on market trends and technical developments
  • Participate in design and implementation of sensory research, and analysis of data.
  • Support the Quality Manager on customer queries
  • Communicate with other functions within the organisation and external suppliers
  • Research competitor, existing and new nutritional ingredients and trends from an application, scientific and regulatory standpoint

Additional Functions

Any other key functions and will include any items not captured under essential functions

Supervisory Responsibilities (If relevant)


Qualification & Experience Requirements

Education, Training:

Science based degree/qualification, preferably to post graduate level (Food Science, Dairy Science or a related field) and/or 5+ years relevant technical and/or operational experience in a value-add dairy or related high-end nutrition industry

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Indepth dairy product knowledge with nutritional, chemistry and formulation expertise
  • A logical, structured, scientific approach combined with good record keeping
  • Strong business understanding and orientation and effectively handles multiple, rapidly changing and conflicting priorities
  • Passionate about the business, will be a strong external ambassador / advocate for the business and will be highly collaborative with the ability to work successfully across teams, regions and functions
  • Strong cultural awareness based on past exposure, experience, and successful business dealings
  • Highly detailed with a systematic approach, sense of responsibility and positive customer focus
  • Must have demonstrably strong interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal), to include speaking clearly in positive or negative situations
  • Ability to effectively interact with all levels of personnel with the utmost professionalism
  • Works with supervision while remaining productive at all times
  • Must be results focused and oriented toward accomplishment of team goals
  • Flexibility and ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment is a must
  • Possesses a passion for learning new skills

Language, Computer & Numeracy:

  • Fluent in written and spoken English required
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent Project Management and Presentation skills
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft package

Travel Requirements

  • Periodic domestic and international travel to visit internal stakeholders in other regions, tradeshows, suppliers, and other events as required (10-15%)

At Glanbia, we celebrate diversity, because we know that our individual strengths make us stronger together. We welcome and encourage interest from a wide variety of candidates, and we will give your application consideration, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, or disability status.

At Glanbia our culture will celebrate individuality, knowing that together we are more.

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