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Food Technologist/innovator

TeagascAthenry, Galway€35,150 to €68,114Permanent

Job Summary


Permanent . A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled; such a panel will remain active for a maximum period of 12 months.

Basic Function:

The newly appointed Technologist will carry out an agreed annual programme of work in support of the Bia Innovator facility on the Teagasc Mellows Campus at Athenry, Co. Galway, reporting directly to the Head of Food Industry Development Department at Teagasc.

He/she will operate primarily in a support function to the co-working food facility at Bia Innovator Campus CLG, with a secondary support function to the food production units on site and the external clients availing of these respective facilities. The Technologist will be a key contact with client companies for technical issues. Their role will include the development, implementation and monitoring of food quality management systems on site, induction and training of clients on the use of units and equipment therein, developing expert knowledge in operation & maintenance of equipment. The Technologist will also be responsible for the setup of the facility operations and will assist and support the facility users and wider food industry clients in their product and process development and improvement activities.


This role will reside within the Teagasc Food Industry Development Department and it will be based at the Bia Innovator Campus CLG, Teagasc Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway. The Bia Innovator Campus is an exciting step-change project that will transform the food landscape in the West of Ireland. This is a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to work in a brand new, food grade facility as part of an influential team to develop and support the food sector and micro/small food businesses in particular.

Job Objectives

  • Act as a point of contact with client companies of Bia Innovator CLG providing advice and technical support in areas of recipe and product development, process improvements, industrial scaling and shelf life extension.

  • Assist clients in sourcing equipment, ingredients and packaging materials for trials and production runs.

  • Support the development, implementation and updating of food safety and quality management systems (HACCP) and associated equipment SOPs, risk assessment documents and maintenance schedules.

  • To work closely with Teagasc colleagues and especially with other technologists and scientists in the Food Industry Development Department, based in Ashtown and Moorepark Food Research Centres, to service the needs of food industry clients.

  • To assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service Charter and Action Plan.

  • To actively participate in the annual business planning and Performance Management Development System (PMDS) processes.

  • Fully co-operate with the provisions made for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of themselves, fellow staff and non-Teagasc staff and co-operate with management in enabling Teagasc to comply with legal obligations. This includes full compliance with the responsibilities outlined in the Safety Statement.

  • Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time

* This job specification is intended as a guide to the general range of duties and is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive. It will be reviewed from time to time with the post holder.

Skills Required




  • Candidates must have a QQI Level 8 degree or equivalent in Culinary Arts/Food Science/Food Innovation/Biosciences or a related discipline.

  • Development and implementation of Food Safety and Quality Management Systems (e.g. HACCP)

  • Relevant experience in industry or other appropriate field.


  • Track record of recipe development, product development and scaling across a range of food product categories.

  • Experience in operating food processing equipment.

  • Excellent organisation and communication skills as dealing with clients and the delivery of training will be a key part of this role.

  • Ability to adapt to changing requirements and meet deliverables in a timely manner.

  • Previous experience working in a customer facing product. development role in a BRC/ISO Accredited operation.

  • Pilot plant/industrial experience in a range of food production and processing technologies.

  • Understanding of the principles of food analytical testing.

  • Experience with 2nd and/or 3rd party audits.


  • Food Product Development

  • Food quality and safety management systems (e.g. HACCP) as well as basic food regulation.

  • Development of relevant documentation including Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS), Risk Assessments, Maintenance Schedules, Cleaning regimes.

  • Supply chain/process flow improvements including the management of food waste.

  • Working knowledge of major retailer/s and Food Service Sector Product Development ‘gate’ processes & customer based specification and pack copy systems.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Conscientious self-starter, disciplined, organised and capable of working independently to progress projects within tight deadlines.

  • Attention to detail will be a critical competency.

  • Ability to work as part of a team, including consulting, collaborating and building relationships with key stakeholders.

  • Strives for high quality of work and demonstrates commitment to the programme.

  • Ability to communicate effectively to enable knowledge and technology transfer.

  • Flexible, can-do attitude, with an ability to prioritise tasks effectively, with a quality customer service focus.


As this role will involve travel, candidates must satisfy and continue to satisfy during employment with Teagasc, legal requirements to drive a car unaccompanied on Irish public roads.


This is an open public competition. Should a current serving Teagasc staff member be successful in their application through open public competition for this post, their current contract of employment with Teagasc will come to an end on taking up this post.

Note: The ‘essential’ qualifications, knowledge, skills and behavioural competencies outlined above are ‘must-have’ which will be used in the selection process.



The closing date for applications is Monday the 17th of January 2022

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