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(Japanese Required)R&I Product Development Specialist

  • Posted: 17 May 2022
  • Research & Innovation
  • Tatebayashi
  • Japan

About the job

• The product development specialist is responsible to manage the development, implementation and launch
process for renovation, innovation, cost improvement and quality related projects for the brand under his/her
accountability in accordance with Danone mission and principles.

<Main responsibilities>
• Be actively involved in the ideation stage and contribute to creating a robust and relevant inno/reno portfolio.
• Arrange and coordinate the execution of pilot trials. Plan, organize, conduct and follow up industrial trials. Collect, analyze and present the relevant analytical data, provide assistance during launch period and afterwards carry out a formal hand over to industrial department.
• Actively participate in solving problems that occur during production and projects related to the optimization of production technologies and/or quality.
• Build close network and collaboration with key ingredient suppliers and look for synergies in terms of innovation and renovation ideas as well as relevant technological solution to implement for ongoing projects.
• Build strong network within international Danone R&I community and foster collaboration, exchange of ideas, know-how and best practices
• Prepare laboratory samples during product development.
• Prepare provisional formula based on approved laboratory and pilot samples.
• Organize product-tasting sessions with relevant departments and prepare reports.
• Follows-up on results from quality control during the product test shelf life and draw appropriate conclusions.
• Manage documentation and mail necessary for project execution.
• Samples shipment of products abroad or locally for Danone internal evaluation or needed lab analysis.
• Maintain strict confidentiality on the laboratory, projects, products data and procedures.
• Work together with Marketing department to prepare the necessary samples used in consumer research.
• Prepare the necessary documents during the product development: Product and Ingredient Specifications, labelling information, FSV and Post Launch Evaluation.
• Update the tools and corresponding databases used by R&I.
• Work together with the Quality department in order to incorporate new methods for product quality control during development of new products or for product re-launches.
• Actively participates and contribute to LIM meetings.
• Availability for factory tests during night shifts or weekends.
• Have knowledge and understanding of Danone policy and strategy about health claims and product nutritional profile.

About you

<Education background>
• Masters Degree in Food Science & Technology, Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology or closely related field

<Technical Skills and Experiences required>
• Minimum 3yrs experience in a related field.
• Has basic understanding of dairy ingredients, formulations and process
• Has basic knowledge of flavors, fruit preparations, stabilizers and cultures is an advantage.
• Basic experience in project management process and tools

<Competencies to be successful on the job>
• Analytical thinking
• Good organizational and time-management skills
• Able to work independently and prioritize his/her own tasks
• Basic communication skills with internal and external stakeholders
• Passion for excellence in execution
• Result oriented
• Works well under pressure in changing context and environment
• Energetic, dynamic person
• Creative thinking and out of the box approach to problem solving
• High level of curiosity for new consumer trends in the industry as well as technological solution
• Team player
• Japanese proficiency and English upper intermediate level are required

About us

Dedicated to bringing health through food to as many people as possible, Danone is a leading global food & beverage
company built on three businesses: Essential Dairy and Plant-Based Products, Waters and Specialized Nutrition.
At Danone, we aim to inspire healthier and more sustainable eating and drinking practices, in line with our vision - Danone,
One Planet. One Health - which reflects a strong belief that the health of people and the health of the planet are
interconnected. We deliberately concentrate on high-growth and health-focused categories, and commit to operating in an
efficient, sustainable and responsible manner.
Check out the link below to find out more about Danone in Japan.
Danone Japan is a certified B Corporation and is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Female / Minority / Disability
/ Marital Status / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity
Danone Japan doesn't just welcome what makes you unique, we value it. We're proud to be an equal opportunity and
affirmative action employer. All hires to our team are based on qualifications, merit and business needs. We recruit,
employ, train and promote regardless of race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national
origin, age, genetic characteristic or any other protected status. Faithful to our values of openness and humanism, all our
employees share in the commitment to engage one another with dignity and respect.

Application procedure

  • Resume and Cover letter

  • (Video)Assessment

  • Interview #1

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