Food Technologist

Innovation

 

Please note: Applications for this role will be reviewed W/C 5th September and any suitable candidates will be contacted after this.

 

Little Moons are frozen and chilled mochi, a fusion of Eastern and Western cuisine – soft and chewy rice flour dough wrapped around balls of ice cream, cheesecake, or chocolate ganache to create a distinctive, bite-sized, and delicious dessert that’s bursting with flavour.

 

Their rollout across Europe has been pioneered by sister and brother duo Vivien and Howard Wong, who founded Little Moons in 2010. The product’s roots are in high-end restaurants, but over the last five years retail packs have swept the ice cream category in grocery and food service.

 

The business has rapidly established mochi across Europe and will exceed £50m in revenue in FY21/22. Based on experience in the USA, mochi ice cream is likely to make up 2-3% of the total ice cream category within 1-2 years.

 

We are very proud of the culture that we have built at Little Moons. Not to stroke our own egos, but we are a great bunch of people—smart, passionate, interesting, and funny—who work really hard to support and live our values, all the while keeping our mission in our forethoughts.

 

The Role

 

This is a very exciting opportunity for an experienced and driven Food Technologist to join our team. This role is factory-facing; you will be focused on running trials and creating processes for both NPD and EPD.

 

  • Delivery of accurate and up-to-date food packaging data to fulfill business commitments and legal obligations
  • Work with our product development and procurement teams to implement ingredient changes that enhance or don’t impact consumer perceptions, ensuring continuity and efficiency of supply
  • To be the business expert on key manufacturing processes and key product attributes such as organoleptic, quality, and rheology and how they are related
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams to launch high-quality products which will work within the factory and are delivered to critical paths
  • Support development and roll-out of new packaging formats
  • Complete internal audits to validate data accuracy
  • Work closely with OEMs on new equipment trials and selection
  • Understand and interpret information for non-technical colleagues
  • Troubleshooting issues highlighted during trials, working closely with Production and Engineering colleagues to find solutions
  • Reporting of factory trials, pre-production trials, and support during product launches
  • Responsible for checking pack descriptions, compliant ingredient declarations with nutritional guidelines, and labeling legislation for different markets
  • Writing and updating the QAS Library, as required
  • Be up to date with industry knowledge on legal requirements
  • Support preparation for BRC audit by carrying out supplier and raw material risk assessments including vulnerability
  • Act as a mentor to help upskill current employees

 

Candidate Profile

 

  • Graduate in a food science/technology
  • 4+ years of experience in a food technologist role (for a BRC-certified company)
  • Understanding of food labeling and declaration (up-to-date knowledge of food regulations)
  • Strong technical track record in the food production industry
  • Understanding of food safety and HACCP within a factory and how NPD/EPD can affect this
  • Experience in working with high-risk/chilled/frozen foods
  • Experience working with comparable products /ingredients is advantageous
  • Self-motivated and excellent communicator
  • Team player with a flexible and positive approach
  • Assume accountability for their work and deliver to agreed timescales
  • Outstanding attention to detail and ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Lead by example, and have the energy and enthusiasm to overcome and find solutions to challenges that come with a rapidly growing company
  • Experience working with exports to different global markets is a benefit

 

Benefits and Culture

 

Little Moons is a fast-growing and dynamic business, the nature of which means roles and responsibilities can change and grow quickly and at scale. We never stand still for long, and for the right person, this represents an opportunity to grow and evolve your role and responsibilities with us and to develop your career at pace.

 

We will provide you with as much support, guidance, and training as you need, and offer the below benefits to boot:

 

  • Fantastic Family friendly policies
  • We understand that mental health matters. We partner with GroceryAid to provide remote emotional support to team members
  • Up to 4 weeks of paid sick leave
  • Private health scheme
  • Annual bonus scheme available
  • Respect, trust, and honesty. Personal and professional maturity is important to us, and we keep each other honest
  • Food and drink – we stock all the coffee and tea you can drink and encourage you to grab a piece of fruit while making your hot drink
  • Your holidays – We believe in finding your work-life alignment and encourage all staff to use their 25 days, plus public holidays

 

To be engaged, you must feel included and valued, so we have built, and nurtured, a culture where inclusiveness is not a buzzword, but a way of being.

Our approach to diversity is simple —it’s about embracing everyone, and everyone is welcome at Little Moons. We are committed to welcoming everyone, regardless of gender identity, orientation or expression. We are diverse in age, race, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, and perspective. Our diversity fuels our innovation, bring diversity of thought, and connects us closer to our customers and the communities we serve.

All applicants must have the right to work in the United Kingdom.

 

To make your application, please send your CV to careers@littlemoons.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!

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