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NPD Technologist (Biscuits / Baking) 3 month FTC

Contract Type
Full time
Competitive Salary
Job Type
Full time
Start Date
May 27 2021 12:00AM

Location: Sighthill Industrial Estate, Edinburgh

Salary: Competitive Salary, 25 days holiday + 8 bank holidays & company pension scheme, free onsite parking & subsidised canteen.

Contract: Full Time, 3 month fixed term contract

Hours: Full Time (Monday-Friday)


Who Are We?

We are the home of Jammie Dodgers, Paterson Shortbread, Maryland Cookies and Wagon Wheels to name just a few! We are incredibly lucky to work in the world of making delicious biscuits!


‘We are a more successful and fun place to work when people feel free to be themselves’.


At Burton’s we believe in the power of being authentic, being entrepreneurial and being supportive to each other to meet our common goals…oh and did we mention having fun?!


Understanding our customers is crucial to our success, so having a workforce that reflects the diversity of our customers is vital.


As a business we are committed to the continuous improvement of diversity and equality in the workplace and we welcome talented individuals from all backgrounds who share our Pride and Passion for Baking Great Biscuits and snacks.


Along with having amazing brands, we have secured long term agreements to allow us to manufacture a number of sweet & savoury snacks across Mars, Cathedral City & Marmite branded products. We also have several key strategic partnerships within the Retailer Private Label sector and our proud of the amazing biscuits we bake for our customers and consumers.


Within our Burton’s group, we have 6 bakery sites across the UK, located in Blackpool, Livingston, Edinburgh, Dorset, Isle of Arran and Llantarnam, with our head office in St Albans.   In total we employ circa 2,100 people around across our locations.


Burton’s Biscuits is owned by Ferrero and we are proud to be part of such a fantastic and successful business.  The Ferrero Group operates in more than 50 Countries and their products are sold in over 170 Countries.  We are delighted to be part of the Ferrero group which represents over 37,000 employees across the world and has a consolidated turnover of €12.3 billion (2020).


What are we all about?

Here at Burton’s Biscuit Company we pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. Our goal is to support our team in achieving their career goals. We do this by providing a working environment that offers opportunity, support, scope and pace of change.   Our culture is the foundation of our business. We are fast paced, agile and fun.


We don’t want to bore you with just a Job description -  we want to tell you what it’s really like to work for us?


So let’s start with ….…


Why work as part of our R&D Innovation Team?

You’ll join a small team based out of our Edinburgh bakery, reporting into the NPD Manager. Great tasting biscuits don’t happen by accident and you will play a key role in making this happen. You will take the lead during a bust period for the company taking new baking specification briefs, these could be completely new bakes or be a slight alteration in an existing recipe.   


You will get to try lots of new and exciting things, in our very own R&D bakery onsite, every day will be a new adventure in baking tasty treats.


What does your typical day look like?

It’s safe to say that no two days will ever be the same, from taking a new brief may see you research required baking techniques, to checking with supply chain to ensure we have enough raw materials stocked up to in the lab, setting up trail & test bakes, to sorting out samples to be sent to customers.


This is a great role for anyone looking to get 3 months experience working for one the best biscuits manufactures in the world and will allow you to gain a wider understanding of food manufacturing, it would suit someone with previous NPD experience or someone who has a good understanding of the baking process such as biscuits, doughs, cakes or breads on a commercial level and is looking for a new challenge.


While we’d love to see someone with NPD experience from within baking this isn’t essential, if you have NPD experience within another industry but have a passion for baking then we’d still love to hear from you. This role may also suit someone from a more traditional bakery / baker background looking to gain some large scale experience. 


Flexibility is important though as some days you may have to be early ready to help set up commercial trials for when the morning shift starts. 


Part of this role may also require you to support some of our other bakeries, so a willingness to travel to over sites will be required. 


What are the key ingredients needed for the role?

To be considered for this role you will need to either have a food science related degree, or a knowledge of baking processes such as biscuits, doughs, cakes or breads on a commercial level


Final part of the mix.

As Burton’s Biscuits is a leading brand across the FMCG sector, we are looking for someone who can work at pace, is hard working and is happy to roll up their sleeves and get stuck it. As a small team it is important to have strong communications skills and a can do attitude.


If you are ready to begin a career with real bite, we would love to hear from you so apply now by clicking the link below.


You may have had previous experience in the following: Food Science Graduate, NPD Technologist, Food Manufacturing, R&B Technical Assistant, Food Technologist, NPD Assistant, Baker etc.