New Food Product Development job at Hindustan Unilever

HUL is offering New Food Product Development job at R&D Centre Bangalore. They are looking to hire a Product Development Specialist in Foods Category Savoury R&D, South Asia team based in Unilever R&D Bangalore. This job posted on 01/04/2024.

The responsibility of the New Food Product Development job is to work on savoury product innovations, renovations, value engineering projects as per the brief agreed with the business. The role includes planning experiments, executing them with rigor, analysing the information and data and draw scientific conclusions. The role entails understanding and application of principles of food science, food technology, food chemistry, food engineering and microbiology at lab, pilot and factory scale.

Roles and responsibilities 

Carry out new product development & improvise in-market products wrt superiority, better for you, better for planet and cost effectiveness activities.

  • Product development: Creation of innovative formulation prototyping at lab, scaleup in pilot plant and deployment at main plant for all innovation & improvement projects as per brief within the cost, regulatory & Unilever framework.
  • Conduct relevant technical scoping and benchmarking exercises with scratch / competition products to ensure realistic inputs are captured while defining the scope of the project in the respective product & culinary briefs. In collaboration with CTI team, participate in consumer emersions to identify relevant consumer habits, key product drivers and technical insights on product usage and consumer expectations on respective projects. Up to date with Foods consumer trends, new Ingredients developments, vendor capabilities. Develop relevant SOPs, support development of KBS, selling stories of product and train the relevant team.

New Food Product Development job at Unilever

  • Specification management: Responsible for adopting Unilever Raw material specifications & creation of new finished product specification to ensure delivery of quality and technical action standards. Adopt digital R&D ways of working.
  • Product improvement & Value Engineering projects: Identify potential areas of flexing current specification/formulation, competition bench marking to drive potential savings, superiority, better for you & planet.
  • Responsible for risk management & claims support. Ensure compliance to Unilever standard, legal, regulatory compliances.
  • Responsible for OTIF delivery & project execution in line with Innoflex
  • Shelf-life stability: conduct stability studies to establish intermediate &  finished product shelf-life.
  • Effective liaison with other functions viz METs, GDC, country R&D, capability teams, Supply chain – Sourcing, SUIT, planning & factory team including Contract manufacturing, marketing and other cross functions.

Required Professional skills

Skills required for New Food Product Development job are as follows

  • Developing creative ideas
  • Experimental ability/Techniques
  • Data analysis/ interpretation
  • Science and technology expertise
  • Project management
  • Supplier/vendor development support
  • Consumer research & Insight capture
  • Commercial Knowledge
  • Legal / Regulatory Knowledge

Required experience

  • Education: Master’s degree in food science/technology or related course
  • Work experience: 1-3 Years, Experience in foods R&D – new product development and scale up preferred


Work based travel, 10-20% of time approx, particularly to manufacturing locations, supplier location.

Organizational Structure

Head – Nutrition R&D, South Asia

Regional Program Leader – R&D Savoury South Asia

Product Development Specialist – R&D Savoury


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