Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Africa Improved Foods Rwanda Ltd, Product Developer Jobs in Rwanda

Africa Improved Foods Rwanda Ltd is a manufacturer of highly nutritious quality fortified foods. Our nutrition products are intended to address malnutrition among vulnerable population segments such as pregnant and breast-feeding mothers, older infants and young children especially in the first 1,000 days of their life. To this end, we plan to avail on a commercial scale nutritional products for lifestyle consumer groups in Rwanda and the whole E
ast African Region.
In as much as we are a commercial, for profit organization, we also strive to have the maximum social, economic and environmental impact possible on the communities in which we operate.
Our model is to source raw materials from local small-holder farmers, employ, develop and deploy local talent in the creation and growth of our fortified foods business. We work with various partners and stakeholders to achieve our goals.
Our Mission is to provide African consumers with high-quality fortified complementary foods that are affordable and available.
Our Vision is to be a trusted Africa-based producer of a range of nutritious foods that are proven to improve health.
Africa Improved Foods Rwanda Ltd finds Safety Health & Environment towards employees, contractors and casual workers as a top priority, therefore we summarize our most important safety rules into the AIF lifesaving rules. All employees and visitors will get an in-depth training about the content of these rules. We therefore encourage all walk-ins to strongly comply with these rules.
Africa Improved Foods Rwanda Ltd is looking for self-motivated, qualified individuals with the right attitude and a passion for innovation to join our team on the position of Product Developer.
General Job information
Job title: Product Developer
Business Group/Unit: Africa Improved Foods Rwanda Ltd
Department: Production                         
Position in the organization
Reports to: Chief Operations Officer- AIF Holding
Direct reports: None
Indirect reports: None
Purpose of the job
To create new business by developing new products and technologies and to improve present products and technologies. The product developer acts on the interface of technology, nutrition and marketing.
Key Responsibilities
  • Execute market studies and define areas of focus
  • Build up and maintain product and industry know-how and use this knowledge to generate new products
  • Translate customer requirements into product development specifications.
  • Discuss with Technology Management the plant and process requirements for producing new products or grades
  • Maintain contacts with equipment suppliers in order to ensure the development of new equipment or the adaptation of existing equipment for the production of new products
  • Coordinate regulatory affairs in order to obtain approval for the product
  • Propose and, after approval, execute Product Development Projects
  • Guide and support Pilot Plant Production, scale increase and production of new products
  • Contribute to Research & Development and Marketing & Sales in setting up innovation programs
  • Report general trends in product development and report on progress of own projects
Educational level:
  • MSc in Food Science & Technology or a related field with a focus on food technology
Required level of Professional Experience:
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience as a product developer in a relevant industry eg: food processing, dairy, nutritional food, cereal processing
  • Broad knowledge of relevant industry, products and applications
  • Broad knowledge of production methods used in the food or nutritional industry (including raw materials, nutrition, sensory, technology and processing)
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the food retailing market (eg: market analysis, food trade shows, competitor analysis, analysis of all available media data
Managerial and social knowledge:
  • Good communication and social skills
  • Ability to generate new ideas that work
  • Ability to work independently and with others
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision
  • Advisory skills
  • Innovative, Creative and self-driven
  • An entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ability to act as interface between Marketing and production Departments
  • Proficient knowledge of the English language is a ‘must’
Application Process
If you believe you meet the above requirements, please submit your application including an application letter, a detailed Curriculum Vitae, telephone contact and email address.
The deadline for receiving applications is Tuesday 31st July 2016.
Please apply to:
Human Resources Director
Africa Improved Foods Rwanda Ltd
Kigali - Rwanda
E-mail on:
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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