Food Development Technician (Kettering, Full Time)


Skills Required

Attention to detail, Communication, Interest in food development, Microsoft Office Proficient


Station Rd, Burton Latimer, Kettering NN15 5JR

Job Description

Weetabix has a vacancy within their NPD team at their Burton Latimer site.

Closing Date: 26th November 2023


To provide technical support for Innovation, Value Engineering, Quality & Nutritional Improvement and Technology projects in the NPD Team, carrying out food development, assessment, and testing across the WFC product portfolio within the Technical Building and manufacturing units.


  • Preparing samples in the Development Lab and Pilot Plant using the full range of equipment.
  • Taking samples and making measurements or observations during Lab, Pilot Plant & Factory trials, and Product Launches.
  • Routine quality and sensory testing of samples from trials and factory launches.
  • Set up of standard Pilot Plant equipment for upcoming trials.
  • Prepares written and verbal reports for the trial leader or Line Manager as required.
  • Plan, supervise, analyse, and report Development Lab and Pilot Plant trials.
  • Technical support for factory trials.
  • Act as trial leader on technically less complex factory trials.
  • Lead shifts for some product launches.
  • Identify and solve technical risks and issues from trials, using technical knowledge and experience of WFC products and processes.
  • Trainer on Pilot Plant and Development Lab equipment, methods and SOPs.
  • Helping to maintain housekeeping and hygiene standards in the Lab and Pilot Plant to ensure food safety and quality standards are achieved.
  • Contribute to a safe working environment by ensuring all Methods, SOPs and standard Ways of Working are followed.


  • Competent Microsoft office user.
  • Passionate about food and interest in developing breakfast cereal products.
  • Strong communication and planning skills.
  • May have previous experience of working in the food industry
  • Basic Food Hygiene
  • Interest in food or product development.
  • IOSH Risk Assessment qualification.
  • An interest in customer and consumer insights to drive product development.

Why Weetabix?

  • Role offers a wide breadth of differing responsibilities, with a great opportunity for learning and development.
  • Activities within the role cover diverse working environments across office / laboratories / pilot plant / factory, where adherence to safety practices is critical