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Ingredient Specialist

Posted: 10 Feb 2021 Closes: 10 Apr 2021
Sharnbrook, United Kingdom Competitive
Permanent & Full-time URUVGLOBAL3138

Ingredient Specialist 

JOB LOCATION Colworth (UK) or Wageningen (NL)

Are you a foodie and do you get excited about what ingredients food & refreshment products are made of? Then look no further!  



Unilever is one of the worlds largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) businesses, with well-known brands such as Knorr, Hellman’s, Dove & Domestos 


At Unilever we have set out to make a difference to those big issues that matter most to our business and to the world. Our goal: transformational change at system level.

Fundamental change to whole systems is needed if we are to make a genuine difference. Our transformational change agenda combines direct action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals with partnerships and external advocacy to create change on a systemic scale – while creating business opportunities and delivering relevant innovations at the same time. Our purpose-led, future-fit Unilever Compass strategy is guiding us and is built on three beliefs: brands with purpose grow; companies with purpose last; and people with purpose thrive.


The global Digital & Data team is the central team in Foods & Refreshment (F&R) Research & Development (R&D) to enable and lead the digital transformation of our organisation. Our core expertise area and responsibility are to provide the systems expertise and user solutions to drive data quality in our core ingredient and product specifications. Increasingly, we are also strengthening our capability in data engineering, visualisation, reporting and data science to extract the maximum value from data we have. While using all data to support F&Rs computer modelled design agenda. The digital and data team is working closely together with many teams across F&R R&D, ranging from regional to local deploy centre  teams on product specs to global design centres/Science & Technology/Capability teams on data science and models. 


The Global Foods and Refreshment R&D team is heavily investing in data recording technology which is transforming our product development capability, providing a step change in our ability to capture formulation, processing, packaging, pilot plant and factory data. Therefore, we are looking for an Ingredient Specialist. In this role, you will work on F&R innovations that require new or changed ingredient specifications. Furthermore, you ensure that you get the ingredient specifications on time and with a variable minimum standard. The role is within an enthusiastic team across our locations in Wageningen & Colworth and you will work closely with other ingredient specialist and the Material Expert team in our global design centre. 


This role presents an exciting opportunity for a passionate foody with a strong interest in ingredient specifications 



  • Create and maintain high quality ingredient specifications within IT systems for our products.

  • Co-define, apply and implementing foods ingredient specifications while ensuring this fulfils the requirements of our Unilever business teams (R&D, SC, Marketing, regulatory etc.)

  • Identifying gaps within our foods ingredient data and driving improvement of the data.

  • Strongly driving the digital & data culture within Unilever R&D by being an ambassador of IT tools and digital processes.  



  • A master's degree in food chemistry or equivalent

  • Experience in food chemistry, foods production and ingredient specification management  

  • Excellent data meaning skills; applied skills in MS Excel, management of databases and PowerBI  

  • Solution oriented and detail oriented while maintaining structured thinking and seeing the bigger picture.

  • A great agile team player & networker, but you can also work autonomously and motivate yourself in a highly matrixed organization.



  • Opportunity to work on brands with the power to brighten peoples’ lives all over the world.  

  • Be part of a diverse and ambitious team shaping the future of Food and Refreshment brands.

  • Exciting career opportunities & competitive benefits in a global, purpose led business.

  • We are looking for the right people for our roles and our ambition, we are open to talk about how our flexible working policies can make this role the right one for you.




To apply, you must do so online. Please do not forget to upload your CV and a motivation letter.   

Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch shortly after the closing date to provide you with an update on the status of your application. 


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