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Senior Product Development Technologist - Ice Cream

Sharnbrook, England
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Job Title: Senior Product Development Technologist - Ice Cream

Location: Colworth Science Park


Unilever Ice cream business in Europe is large and highly successful. The EU Ice Cream R&D team is the driving force behind the creation and delivery of benefit-led, innovative ice cream products across our world-renowned global (e.g. Magnum, Carte d’Or, Cornetto, Walls), premium (e.g. B&J, GROM) and regional (e.g. Cremissimo, Ingman, Evga, Cucciolone) brands. The team embrace agile innovation and are fully connected to countries and markets to land global, regional, and local projects in the markets. The business reaches across all Ice Cream experiences from familiar in-home tubs, pints and mono portions and out of home scooping to global and local classics and kid’s favourites. In this role you will be the R&D first point of contact in an area of the portfolio. You will lead projects in close partnership across functions (Marketing; Supply Chain; Procurement) as well as key (external) partners and suppliers (e.g. 3PM, Flavour and Ingredients suppliers). You will manage a portfolio of projects across innovation, quality, complexity and cost reduction, using your understanding of consumer and customer needs to shape and deliver brilliant, sustainable, product experiences.


• Plan, organise and execute a variety of project types as assigned under guidance from line manager, working closely with R&D experts from a variety of fields.

• Work closely with marketing teams in global, European and local country teams to define projects scope at start of projects.

• Use your creative talents to develop great products.

• Lead technical delivery of projects. This includes diverse topics such as product concept development; formulation design; lab and pilot plant prototypes; cost calculation; specifications; quality assessments; legislation compliance checks and claims assessments.

• Manage supplier relationships working closely with other functions such as Procurement.

• Lead and manage pilot plant and factory trials for prototype/product development.

• Write and manage specifications and systems data for the products you work on.

• Work closely with key internal partners such as: Marketing, Supply Chain and Finance.

• Provide key updates for our Innovation Process Management and other relevant systems

• Develop selling stories and supporting CD teams with sell-in meetings.

• Provide support and training for more junior members of the team.


• Global, EU & local country Marketing Team

• Global & European Supply Chain (factories, planning, quality, etc.) and Procurement Teams

• Supplier/partner organisations

• Technical R&D specialists (CTI, Processing, Packaging, Formulation, Nutritionist, Digital & Data)

• Specialists in Unilever (Finance, CMI, Quality, SEAC, Patents and Regulatory)


• Degree level qualification (or equivalent) and / or relevant experience in a technical discipline preferably in food technology or development.

• Experience of working cross-functionally and with third parties

• Experience of leading delivery of projects from brief to market is desirable

• Passion for creative food product design and development

• Excellent communication and project management skills

• Attention to detail especially with experimentation, data recording and analysis

• Time management and priority setting

• Health & Safety

• Working knowledge of a main

• European language skills are highly desirable


• Purposeful impact

• Personal mastery

• Consumer love

• Agility

• Passion for high performance


• Occasional short business-trips within Europe may be required.


About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Dove, Tresemme, Lynx, Lifebuoy, Shea Moisture, Persil, Domestos, Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum, Marmite, The Vegetarian Butcher, Graze and Pot Noodle.

Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace’ 

What We Offer

Not only do we offer a competitive salary and pension scheme, we also offer an annual bonus, subsidised gym membership, a discounted staff shop and shares. You’ll have the opportunity to work directly with our renowned and exciting brands in a flexible and hybrid working environment.

Whilst the role is advertised on a full-time basis, we would be happy to discuss possible flexible working options and what this may look like for you. We are a key advocate of wellbeing and offer a variety of support for our people including hubs, programmes and development opportunities. We strive to achieve a family-friendly and inclusive workplace and to, above all, create possibilities for all.

Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities, and growing together for better business performance. We want to push boundaries, and have the flexibility needed to keep adapting in an ever-changing, more dynamic world. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity. 

As part of your hiring journey, we are happy to support requests for reasonable adjustments, to improve your recruitment experience.

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