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Belle Baldwin — Development Technologist

Name: Belle Baldwin
Job title: Development Technologist - Cooking Sauces
Employer: Premier Foods
Qualification: 1st Class Degree in Food, Development & Innovation
Salary Range: £25,000

What does a Development Technologist do?

As a Development Technologist it is my responsibility to take a product brief from our Marketeers and develop a sauce that meets the brief. This can be a new product development (NPD) or existing product development (EPD) where we consider consumer feedback and government guidelines in our development to improve an existing product. We start by researching what’s currently in the market, conduct benchmarking where we taste and evaluate different sauces, then generate recipes and develop sauces with the aim to create a better product which is eventually approved by marketing and consumer testing.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of pursuing this career?

Keep up to date with current trends. While technical knowledge of how products are made is important, most technical information can also be taught on the job. Knowing about new trends and issues affecting the food industry is really beneficial and looks great in an interview.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Every day is different. I have a good balance of desk based work and practical work. Some days I will spend my time in the kitchen tasting competitor products, I can be at my desk writing up evaluations and recipes, then some days I will be spending time in our pilot plant cooking up sauce. I also get to go off site to visit marketing where I will present my products and I get to work in the factory when it becomes time to scaling up my recipe to a full factory batch.
Getting to see your sauce on supermarket shelves is pretty cool too!

How long have you been doing your job?

Two and a half years, I started not long after graduating.

If you could give your 16 year old self some career advice, what would it be?

Keep in contact with the people who helped you get where you are. You met a lot of great and knowledgeable people along your journey so make sure you stay in touch.