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Unilever Formulation Technologist - Transformation & Ecosystems in Durban, South Africa

Main PurposeThis product development role presents an opportunity to lead, input, influence and deliver the Transformation Product development strategy for Africa. The Transformation strategy is inclusive of but not limited to exciting innovations, renovations, and business continuity initiatives across iconic brands such as Knorr, Knorrox and Royco. Within the R&D organisation, this role will enable you to collaborate with the product development community (regional and global), Processing, SEAC, CTI, Nutrition, Packaging and local Deploy teams. Outside of R&D, you will be exposed to Marketing, Supply Chain, Customer Development and relevant business decision making forums.We are looking for challenge-driven, inquisitive, passionate, and disruptive thinkers to join us in leading the creation and development of even better, more sustainable and healthier innovative products. If you have the vision and creativity to shape impactful research, the ability to translate insights into opportunities for new products and compelling claims and stories, coupled with a strong holistic inner game and outer game – this is a role for you.

Job Summary

  • Lead new Product development deliverables within projects (innovation, renovation, business continuity initiatives) across different markets

  • Lead a formulation team as the R&D Workstream lead to deliver said projects

  • Delivery of the formulation technical mix that complies with all consumer safety standards, highest positive nutrition standards and defined costs

  • Conduct robust design of experiments in new product development or calamity support

  • Data capturing (qualitative and quantitative) and presentation/reporting

  • Collaborate in product qualification including product stability testing, micro-challenge, and performance testing – internal and external

  • Collaborate with global teams in the implementation of new product development technologies

  • Development of external manufacturing providers of capability and technology

  • Responsible for integrity of specifications and formulations in specification management system. Provision of specification for every product in market and ensure that all new, or rejuvenated products have & match agreed specs.

  • Conduct and support market analyses to identify products’ innovative points of differentiation for formulation, claims and/or performance.

  • Participate in the maintenance of an audit compliant Nutrition lab and working areas

  • Identify, review and assess key technologies from external and internal sources.

  • Stay abreast of technical developments and regulatory updates in the Foods category

  • Commit to personal development and professional growth by actively participating in personal development initiatives discussed or mentioned in the Future Fit Plan

Key Requirements

  • Experience in R&D, Formulation Development or Technical Product Management

  • Exposure to product development/design simulation programmes

  • Great people skills, building and maintaining relationships with an ability to be persuasive and assertive when necessary

  • Ability to work well both independently and as part of a wider cross-functional team.

  • Excellent communication skills with an ability to engage effectively with both internal and external partners

  • Skilled in analysing risk and stakeholder management

  • A passion & curiosity for learning about technology, customers, and consumers with an open minded and growth mindset

  • Attention to detail especially in data collection, analysis, and reporting

  • Good time-management skills to handle multiple projects, in a dynamic environment with changing priorities.

  • Digitally savvy – Demo creation – an element of creativity required, data

  • Dietary requirements: None


  • A scientist, with a B.Sc/B.Tech in Food Sciences/Technology or any B.Sc/B.Tech in Food/Process Engineering

    Unilever is an organisation committed to equity, inclusion and diversity to drive our business results and create a better future, every day, for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. At Unilever we are interested in every individual bring ing their ‘Whole Self’ to work and this includes you! Thus if you require any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of your application so that we can support you through your recruitment journey.

Job Category: Research/Development

Job Type: Product Dev Technician

Industry: UnileverExperiencedProfessionals