Food Technologist

Technical

 

 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

 

  • 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
  • Gain expert knowledge on Raw materials and NPD entering the Business; ensure that HACCP systems and Allergen Management are kept up to date
  • Primarily responsible for managing all artwork and packaging generation to required timescales to facilitate product launches
  • Review and sign-off of all specifications in line with business requirements
  • Liaise with suppliers to ensure specification data is accurate and completed to required timelines
  • Support development and roll-out of new packaging formats
  • Act as the first point of contact for supplier queries
  • Complete internal audits to validate data accuracy
  • Support environmental manager with collation and reporting of accurate packaging data for robust internal and external reporting
  • Monitor and report on supplier performance
  • Auditing suppliers
  • Understand and interpret information for non-technical colleagues
  • Bar code generation and validation
  • Responsible for checking pack descriptions, and compliant ingredient declarations with nutritional guidelines and labeling legislation
  • Create and maintain physical Packaging Files
  • Developing and maintaining label libraries and providing final approved pdf
  • Following a secure formalised protocol for generating and archiving packaging specifications, and annual reviews
  • Liaise with dedicated customers to ensure all specification formats and technical documentation are completed against customer timelines
  • Writing and updating the QAS Library, as required
  • Keeping up to date with industry knowledge on new innovations available in the market

 

Candidate Profile

 

  • Graduate in a food science field
  • 4+ years of experience in a food technologist role (ideally for a BRC-certified company)
  • Excellent understanding of food labeling and declaration (up-to-date knowledge of food regulations)
  • Understanding of food safety and HACCP within a factory and how NPD/EPD can affect this
  • Self-motivated and excellent communicator
  • Team player with a flexible and positive approach
  • Assume accountability for their work and deliver to agreed timescales
  • Attention to detail in a fast-paced environment
  • Lead by example, and have the energy and enthusiasm to overcome and find solutions to challenges that come with a rapidly growing company
  • Multilingual a benefit
  • 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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