Product Development Technologist (Chemist)

Position Overview:

Reporting into the Innovation & Technical Director, along with the support of a strong Technical & Quality team, this role offers the opportunity to work in a wide variety of product areas and will see you liaise closely with Technical, Engineering, Production, Sales and with customers to create new products and manage change across 2 sites including the Yatton site which operates a GMP environment. 

Location:

Yatton

Company Overview:

Pets Choice is a leading Pet Food and Pet Products Manufacturer with offices and production facilities based in Lancashire, Somerset and South Wales. The Pets Choice brand portfolio includes; Webbox, Bob Martin, TastyBone, Meatiful, Spike’s, WildThings, Feathers & Beaky and Vitakraft. Each brand offers a unique insight into animals from dogs to ducks and produces high-quality products that cater to a wide variety of pet consumer needs.

Role:

  • Working alongside the Marketing and Technical team in driving NPD decisions across the business
  • Host NPD meetings with internal / external stakeholders as required
  • Develop new products both proactively and in partnership with customers
  • Coordinate and support the NPD process from concept to launch on assigned projects
  • Ensure all projects are managed under the umbrella of a Quality Management System and all change documentation is clearly communicated across the business
  • Develop solid and liquid dose formulations for cosmetics, biocides and veterinary medicines. Manage formulation trials and scale up trials with Operations and the QC lab.
  • Liaise with new suppliers or suppliers of new materials to ensure they deliver clear benefits and are introduced with relevant controls
  • Oversee the rationalisation of chemicals used across the portfolio to better manage cost and complexity.
  • Liaise with engineering and Operations to trial new materials / components and present the business case for change
  • Inform the business of any legislation or environmental change impacting on product or materials
  • Artwork checking and approval ensuring legal requirements of labelling are met as required
  • Develop and maintain a Label Copy Sheet library and communicate any necessary label amendments in line with legislation
  • Lead the product set-up and product change administration
    • Create and maintain data matrices for all licensed and biocidal products
    • Create and communicate accurate BOM structures
    • Manage packaging specifications
    • Create and manage pallet specifications
  • Working alongside the customer marketing teams in private label projects including, but not limited to:
    • Proofreading design files and manage the revision process with the artwork agencies
    • Maintaining customer product specifications on online portals

Key attributes and skills:

  • A Life Science degree
  • At least 2 years experience developing liquid formulations in a manufacturing environment
  • Strong communication skills
  • Project Management experience essential
  • Used to working under pressure and managing multiple deadlines/projects
  • Able to work independently and on their own initiative
  • Knowledge of NPD processes within a similar entrepreneurial business
  • Can- do attitude, prepared to tackle tasks and deal with new challenges positively
  • Experience of operating within a Quality Management System
  • Experience of working with Microsoft and Adobe packages
  • Eye for detail

Package:

Full time, Permanent

Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm

If you would like to apply for this position, please send your cv to recruitment@petschoice.co.uk