Senior R&D Scientist / Manager – Dairy, UK Based (The position has been filled)
Australia, Victoria
Full Time
  • Rare Opportunity to Join the Global R&D Team of this Global Beverage Company in the UK
  • Excellent Salary with very Generous Relocation Package
  • Great Culture and Work Environment




Our client is a global coffee & tea company, serving consumers in more than 100 countries through highly recognisable iconic brands.  R&D is the major contributor for developing innovative coffee and tea products and is constantly optimising the product portfolio. Focus of R&D is both on building Technology Platforms (TP) and on New Product Development (NPD). Moreover, some disciplines within R&D have a strong involvement in the business and are leading in decisions to be made. Projects are mostly carried out together with Marketing, Operation and Purchasing Departments.

The Senior R&D Scientist / Manager – Dairy, (Dairy Expert) is part of the Global R&D organization, within the Science & Technology Department. The Dairy Expert provides dairy science expertise and thought leadership to global R&D category teams, manufacturing and contract manufacturing facilities.



This role is based in Banbury, UK, 103 km northwest of London.  Reporting to the Ingredient Research & Technology Manager and with up to five direct reports, you will be the leader of the Dairy Technology Platform and as such will be responsible for the translation of the company strategy into technology roadmaps and tangible projects on the Dairy (for coffee) technology platform. You will be initiating, setting up and leading technology projects in the dairy platform as well as delivery of dairy science expertise to Category-led dairy-related projects.

Your primary objective will be to deliver support to the ongoing dairy needs of the business, as well as developing new techniques and knowledge. These will form the foundation of the R&D Dairy innovation and margin improvement portfolio. As the successful candidate, you will have the highest degree of autonomy in project management and scientific research.

You will initiate, lead and coordinate Dairy platform activities and will also operate as technical project lead for dairy projects managing multiple projects (co-currently) from initiation/technology project brief to Proof of Function as well as act as consult/team member in implementation phases.  You will lead and supervise other members of the team and manage outside partners (suppliers, research institutes, universities) to ensure project inter-dependencies are maximised.

In this role, you will identify and build a strong network of key x-functional contacts within the business across various levels of the organisation (up to Director level). You will pro-actively coordinate and support Category projects in a consultancy role by delivering key dairy expertise and support in connection with outside partners.



We are looking for a Senior R&D Scientist experienced in all things dairy, especially milk, to join our clients global R&D team in the UK!  Are you ready to take the next step in your career and relocate to Banbury? If you are, please read on!


To be considered for this role you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • A PhD or Masters in a Dairy based Science, Food Technology or similar
  • Many years’ experience in dairy science
  • Track record of driving change within dairy / fats based systems
  • Experience of working within research bodies, but linked to commercial applications
  • Experience with beverage based systems will be highly regarded
  • People leadership experience
  • Demonstrated ability to influence across multiple teams and levels
  • Able to express scientific knowledge in a business relevant way
  • 5+ years’ project management experience
  • Pilot plant/factory scale trial experience
  • Well connected within relevant field of expertise will be preferred but not essential
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be willing to undertake frequent travelling abroad for meetings with suppliers, institutes and other company sites



Please click the ‘Apply Now’ button to submit your application. Please ensure you attach a Resume and Cover Letter in Word Format addressing the full selection criteria.

If you would like to know more about this unique opportunity please call our team at CS Executive Group on +61 3 9516 0100. After hours you can call Helen on +61 438 620 434.



We would like to thank you for taking the time to apply for this role. Unfortunately, due to the large volume of applications we receive daily, we cannot contact all candidates.  Please note, if you are not successful on this occasion, your resume will remain on our database and you may be contacted for other similar roles in the future.