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Food Technologist

Date: 15-Jun-2021

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU, 3194

Company: Simplot

Simplot Australia Pty Limited (Simplot Australia) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the J.R. Simplot Company, a family-owned, multi-national food and agriculture business. Simplot Australia is trusted as one of the leading providers of quality, sustainable food for the ever-changing needs of consumers and customers in Australia, New Zealand and select Asia Pacific markets. We have built long term partnerships with Australian farmers and our unique and diverse product portfolio includes vegetable, meals and seafood manufacturing operations that supply chilled, frozen and shelf stable products to Australia's major supermarkets, hotels, restaurants and quick service restaurant customers. Our portfolio includes some of Australias most trusted and well-known brands including Birds Eye, Edgell, Leggos, John West, Chiko, I&J, Chicken Tonight, Five Brothers and Five Tastes.

The Role


We now have a fantastic opportunity for a Food Technologist to join our dynamic Potato and Vegetable Innovation and Development team, based at our Head Office in Mentone. Reporting into the Product Development Team Leader, this role will be responsible for driving and delivering all technical aspects of Innovation for the category, to achieve profitable growth for Simplot Australia. While predominately based in the Potato and Vegetable category, this role may also involve working in other categories, to meet business needs. A key focus of the role is to work cross-functionally with teams focused on inspiring, identifying, developing and commercialising innovative ideas to achieve our growth targets. 

What will you bring


To be successful in this role, you will be a tertiary qualified food technologist/scientist with experience in a similar role. You will have a strong focus and understanding of project management methodologies and quality systems, with a proven ability to bring products to market. With a growth mindset, you will inspire and contribute innovative ideas and solutions.


You will take strong ownership for contributing sound technical support to dedicated project teams, with particular focus on the delivery of ideas from concept stage to commercialisation.  You will ensure our ongoing business and product development goals are realised and will have the ability to work well autonomously and also within a team environment. You will be experienced in the application of food regulations, food legislation and possess strong analytical, problem solving, organisational and communication skills.  


This is an outstanding opportunity to contribute your professional experience to a leading product line, gaining exposure to Simplot's innovative product development systems and approaches.  



  • Work collaboratively with key partners to inspire and identify innovative growth opportunities.
  • Drive open innovation with our key external suppliers.
  • Understand the requirements of internal stakeholders in their support of customer and consumer needs and align priorities and actions to deliver those customer needs.
  • Be proactive in the timely progression of projects through our stage and gate process through sound project management principles.
  • Lead the development and technical aspects of all assigned NPI projects. 
  • Communication and escalation of project progress/issues to sponsors & other stakeholders e.g. Product and process risks, project milestones, road blocks. 
  • Communicate the Stage Gate Product Innovation system and project methodology used at Simplot, to our external customers and suppliers to ensure effective delivery of project objectives. 
  • Complete accurate and timely information related to back end project execution.
  • Provide innovative technical solutions to innovation partners, e.g. Factories, outsource suppliers, QA, Marketing, and Procurement.

Benefits and Culture


  • Income protection insurance
  • Option to purchase additional Annual Leave
  • Parental Leave policy for Primary Carers
  • Variety of Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Awards recognising long serving and high achieving employees 
  • Short Term Incentive Benefits for Employees 
  • Offerings including Financial, Novated Leasing and Discounted Products and Services

If this sounds like you, please apply online today. 


Note:  As this is for Internal applicants, please ensure you notify your manager before doing submitting your application.

Job Requisition ID: 4779 

Travel Required: None 

Location(s): Chifley Business Park Office - Melbourne 

Country: Australia 


Simplot Australia is trusted as one of the leading providers of quality, sustainable food for the ever-changing needs of consumers and customers in Australia, New Zealand and chosen Asia Pacific markets. Simplot Australia is family owned by the J.R. Simplot Company, a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution. Simplot Australia is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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