Pastry Development Chef - Food Technologist - International Group - Durban based

Hospitality Jobs Africa Date Job Posted: 02-Jul-2021

Location: Durban

Pastry Development Chef - Food Technologist - International Group - Durban based

You will be a rare breed!

MUST HAVE - A  degree or equivalent in Food Technology, Nutritional sciences / Dietetics with an added advantage for Quality management with experience in Research and Development / New Product Development in a Cake/Desserts/Baking FMCG manufacturing environment.

Areas of responsibility will include but are not limited to:

  • Developing new products from concept to launch according to the supplied brief, including management of costings, Nutritionals, specifications, documentation and preparation for photoshoots.
  • Searching the market for trends and new product ideas.
  • Reformulating existing products for product improvements, cost-saving, best practice in clean-labelling and technical changes.
  • Lab and production trials, launch productions and training of production staff.
  • Designing, conducting and documenting sensory evaluations and tastings.
  • Liaison with the Marketing Department in respect of concepts, packaging and the process of new product development.
  • Compiling and checking ingredient lists, packaging information and specifications.
  • Reporting and keeping complete record documents.
  • Taking responsibility for all matters concerning sustainability and clean labelling.
  • A food safety team member and acting as a liaison to the Quality Assurance Department concerning GMP, HACCP, FSSC/ISO standards, specifications, customer complaints and other quality matters.
  • Factory support in any product-related technical challenges and production process improvements.
  • Representing the department in different meetings.
  • Serving as a contact to suppliers and the International Headquarters
  • Implementing and maintaining of systems and processes for product costings, nutritionals, recipes and packaging information for the all ranges of products
  • Functioning as the head of the R&D team with approximately 4 direct reportable and reporting to the R&D director.


Key Competencies

  • An additional tertiary qualification relevant to research and development of cakes/desserts/baked products.
  • Experience with quality management, microbiology and legislative requirements.
  • Laboratory experience.
  • Experience in supplier auditing and related fields.
  • Proficient in MS Project.
  • A recognised training skills course completed.
  • Having worked in related fields to the food FMCG manufacturing environment, e.g. marketing, presentation and promotion of existing and new products.


Job ID
Job Title
Pastry Development Chef - Food Technologist - International Group - Durban based
Employer Type
Salary Type
Negotiable Senior Level
Start Date
Meet all the necessary requirements listed in the job description
Are eligible to live and work in the country specified in the job description