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R&D Technologist (chocolate) (NPD) – pladis - Big Flats, NY






Job Locations 

US-NY-Big Flats

Area of Interest 

Star Brands

More information about this job:


pladis is the fourth largest biscuit company in the world. The company, formed in January 2016, is part of the Yildiz Holding, the largest company in CEEMEA.  In establishing pladis, Yildiz Holding has united its internationally recognized biscuits and confectionary businesses, Godiva Chocolatier, United Biscuits, Ülker, and DeMet’s Candy Company.  Together they form a $US52 billion company confirming Yildiz Holding’s leading global position in the category.
pladis is named after the Pleiades’ constellation, a group of seven stars visible from anywhere on earth. We chose this name because we are dedicated to bringing our products to every corner of the world, spreading joy along the way.


pladis works in highly competitive, fast moving markets where it is essential to maintain and extend market share through profitable branded growth. It also has an ambitious growth plan for emerging markets where offering the right value proposition is critical.

Cost base release, consumer perceived quality superiority , competition and innovation via product development are critical and key to delivering the business targets.

This role is mainly responsible  to develop chocolate products  to fit with brand strategies and reactive to technical briefs from the marketing teams. 





Manages and accountable for 3 year pladis global growth agenda  for all technical aspects of  chocolate product design and delivers developments to market , meeting the quality, cost and timings expected .
Cost base release, consumer perceived quality superiority v competition and innovation via product development are critical and key to delivering the business targets.
Holder of this position will be responsible for the development of product standards, risk assessments (both Food Safety and Consumer Quality) and process capability. Highlight potential for growth through flexible equipment and ingredient specification

Work closely with COE of chocolate , CTI, process development, packaging and Health and regulatory team leads to ensure successful delivery of plans, appropriate and timely resource allocation, collaborative work  and deliver appropriate solutons to defined technical hurdles.


Good experience in chocolate product development

Min. 3-4 years  technical FMCG experience

Minimum 24  months technical chocolate  experience.

Expertise in Ingredients Technology applicable to biscuits, chocolate and fillings.

Good experience in working  cross – functional Project teams to achieve an agreed objective.

Ambient Process knowledge of chocolate

Technical Specific to field of application (Chocolate)

Excellent project management, organisation and planning skills.

Basic food hygiene certificate.

Negotiation skills
Analytical thinking
Communication skills
Time management
Problem Solving
Effective Decision Making
Food Handlers Certificate
Food Presentation Skills
Basic Food Legislation
Food Safety ( Basic HACCP )
Financial incl product P&L
Communication/Presentation Skills -
Working knowledge of SAP or equivalent
Understanding brand essence and KPI’s
IT skills (use of MS Office, google docs)
Product P&L understanding


Qualifications Required:

BSc or similar in Food Science, Food Technology or another science subject.

University degree in food or related science / technology / Engineering is essenial.

Proven track record of project leadership within a number of chocolate product launches

English language

Please note that the company does not offer  US employment visa sponsorship for this position


Qualifications Desired:

Budget management
Lean principles

Process knowledge outside of ambient
Chocolate, cakes, biscuits, snacks.

Master of Science degree in food science is desirable
Language : French / Dutch  is desirable


pladis appreciates your interest and consideration of our company. We regret that we will not be able to respond to every resume submission. Only those candidates who best meet our needs shall be contacted. Again, thank you for your consideration.


pladis is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/Disability/Veterans.


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