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Senior Development Technologist

Date: Nov 8, 2021

Location: Middlesbrough, UK, NYK, GB

Company: Glanbia

Join us at GPN and inspire people everywhere to achieve their performance and healthy lifestyle goals!


At Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN), our mission is to inspire people everywhere to achieve their performance and healthy lifestyle goals! We are a global leader in the performance nutrition industry and have a portfolio of nine brands including Optimum Nutrition (ON), SlimFast, Amazing Grass, Body&Fit, Nutramino, ABB, Think! BSN and Isopure. Our products are sold in over 130 countries and our brands are in the top three performance nutrition brands in more than 20 countries.

Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN) is headquartered in Dublin, ROI, with operating facilities in Illinois, California, South Carolina, Florida, the UK, the Netherlands, and Australia. GPN employs more than 1,800 people globally and has revenues of approximately $1.5B. We are a values led organisation focused on driving sustainable business performance. Join us on our journey now!


The opportunity where you will make an impact:

  • Manage GPN’s European branded portfolio (Optimum Nutrition, SLIMFAST, AMAZING GRASS, BSN, NUTRAMINO, Body & Fit) from product conception to factory launch; allocating relevant time and prioritising projects as required by the business.
  • Keeping abreast of current market trends, and competitor products to ensure we stay at the forefront of innovation within the sports nutrition category.  Working as a team to create and the best possible products at the highest quality.
  • Ensuring all documentation for projects is held accurately and disseminated to the business as required.
  • Liaise with the Technical and Regulatory department to ensure all products developed are in line with the current legislation. When new legislation is issued work together to apply the new guidelines to existing products.
  • Check branded artwork for all new SKUs on proof HQ to ensure all information on packaging for branded products is correct form an R&D perspective
  • Provide Leadership to your own team.
  • Give relevant project updates at the weekly Brand Innovation Project meeting covering off any actions completed from the previous week.
  • Liaise closely with sales, procurement, legal & regulatory, and technical to assist you to deliver your targets.
  • Ensuring new products are set up correctly on SAP prior to launch or trial and highlight any issues that may compromise launch time.
  • Completion of all BOMs for all branded SKUs.
  • Raise all purchase requisitions for R&D department flagging any overspends or cost issues to department head.
  • Attend and manage the running of factory trials and first production runs; be punctual and well prepared so to not cause any delays to the production plan.
  • Translating a customer new product brief into a viable prototype in the R&D laboratory, and when approved taking the product (Bar or Powder) through operations/factory to launch.
  • Attend the weekly contract R&D meeting where you will discuss with the sales team which projects will be worked on in the week ahead.  Assist the sales managers in prioritising development work and factory trials so that we stay on track to deliver the agreed critical path for each project.

What you will bring to GPN:

  • Minimum 5 years R&D experience
  • A Degree in Food Science or equivalent essential
  • HACCP knowledge
  • Food Safety awareness
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook) and SAP if possible
  • Personal interest in Sports Nutrition
  • Creative mind willing to try new ways of working
  • Supervisory/man-management experience preferred
  • Ingredient’s knowledge a distinct advantage
  • Excellent communication & negotiation skills
  • Excellent project management and time management skills a must; ability to work on multiple projects concurrently
  • Accuracy & attention to detail
  • Ability to think on feet in a changing environment
  • Product development and organoleptic assessment skills gained from experience in a NPD function within the food industry.


What we would like to offer you:

  • The opportunity to shape your career in our global organisation that is championing the healthy lifestyle movement!
  • Our Smart Working model advocates wellbeing by providing you with a greater choice in how you work and live, giving you a better work-life balance.
  • Create your own nutrition formula with a discount on our GPN products!

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.