Research & Development Manager

Startup Full-Time Job
Research & Development Manager

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Startup Koa
Job Titel Research & Development Manager (m/w/d)
Department Management
Typ Full-Time Job
Position Junior
Ort / Land Köln / Deutschland
Remote Onsite
Kompensation Undisclosed
Equity Nein
Beginn September 2024 (or upon agreement)
Kontaktperson Undisclosed
Bewerben / Infos
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Die Beschreibung: Research & Development Manager als Startup Full-Time Job

About Koa

Koa Germany GmbH is part of a Swiss-Ghanaian Scale-Up in its growth phase, disrupting the cocoa value chain in West Africa. Koa is the first and so-far only company in the world processing the fresh cocoa fruit in cooperation with smallholders in rural Ghana. Through Koa’s activities, the farmers increase their income significantly and upcycle an additional 40% of the cocoa pulp. As a B Corp™, we believe in creating positive change, one upcycled cocoa fruit at a time. From farmers to the planet, we’re here to make a difference that matters, where it matters most. Because caring is cool, and making the world a better place is even cooler.

The cocoa fruit is the chocolate industry's hidden gem and we are on a mission to uncover it’s juicy secrets. We’re all about making food and drinks so tasty, you’ll want to share it with your grandma (and she’ll probably ask for seconds). Whether it's the best ice cream, a refreshing soda, or a scrumptious snack, we believe taste buds are meant to dance with joy. And we’re sure the cocoa fruit will make them go wild! In recent years, we have established a robust value chain and, by opening the world`s largest cocoa fruit processing factory in Ghana, we laid the foundations for growth. Now it is all about spreading the word taste, creating exciting product concepts which will leave people grinning from ear to ear – like love at the first taste.

Are you up for the Koa-coaster? It's a ride of courageous passion, where every twist and turn gets us closer to greatness. Buckle up, embrace the adventure, and apply to make the magic happen. As soon as possible, we are looking for a:

Research & Development Manager
100% in Cologne, Germany

Your Mission

As R&D Manager, you will be responsible for the R&D of Koa ingredient range and optimal applications of these ingredients in final products. Working closely with our Development team, you will take a market-centric approach to ensure that Koa’s ingredients meet the technical and functional requirements of our B2B customers. You will also employ your food knowledge to contribute to the development of successful consumer applications utilising Koa ingredients. In this position, the R&D Manager conducts trials, analyses data, and collaborates with various stakeholders to enhance the practical implementation of our ingredients. Engineering new production processes and providing support on the implementation of our ingredients on existing production lines is another important aspect of this job.

Your key responsibilities will be:

Ingredient Research & Development which includes:

- Plan, execute, and manage research projects that optimises Koa’s existing ingredient portfolio to enhance their functionality, cost-effectiveness, and impact on finished consumer products
- Structure, plan, and conduct research and development to bring new cocoa fruit ingredients to market, while maintaining focus on developing commercially viable products for consumers

Application & Product Development which includes:

- Responsible for managing Koa’s R&D and product development processes
- Deep dive into the understanding of functional properties of various cocoa fruit components and how these functionalities can be harnessed in different applications
- In collaboration with the Sales and development teams, set up, prepare, execute, and evaluate prototype and production (where relevant) trials
- Conduct sensory evaluations for new and existing products to ensure quality and consistency

Knowledge Management & Technical Oversight which includes:

- Assume a critical role in translating research into knowledge and insights, with responsibility for capturing and disseminating R&D knowledge within the team
- Document ingredient development processes and, in collaboration with Quality, maintain ingredient specifications and create technical reports
- Proactively maintain the latest knowledge of the latest trends, innovations, and regulations relevant to the cocoa fruit and cocoa fruit products industry
- Leverage your knowledge of food processing techniques to develop optimal methods for extracting, modifying, and incorporating cocoa fruit ingredients into finished products and advise sales and our customers in their product development process

Your Profile

- You are outgoing, interactive, and love to work at the intersection between science, products, and people
- You are fascinated by the depth and possibilities of food science and chemistry and love to experiment how this can be translated into ingredients and products that consumers love
- You have a Bachelor’s or Master's degree in Food Science, Food Technology, or a related field
- You have at least 3 years of experience in research and development and/or product development in the food & beverage sector, preferably with exposure to customer-facing projects and project management
- You are self-driven, motivated, persistent, and resilient, with an ambitious get $%@& done mindset
- You are willing to travel and possess a valid driver’s licence,
- You manage all modern IT tools with ease and get excited about using the latest tech development
- You are based in the greater Cologne Area or willing to relocate and have a valid residence permit in Germany or are in possession of a citizenship which is part of the Schengen Agreement
- You are fluent in German and English, any other European language is a plus

Your Workplace and Team

You will be part of our newly established German team, but closely connected to the already existing Swiss & Ghanaian colleagues. Together, we’re all about taking epic risks in the pursuit of success. When it comes to finding solutions, we don’t just go with the flow: we make waves. If there’s a tasty way to do it, you bet we’ll find it. Shared laughs and smiles are our cocoa fruit jam, because making a positive impact doesn’t have to be all work and no play. We come together as a community where creating goodness and fun are always on the agenda. As a Research & Development Manager you will get a high degree of autonomy and freedom. You will be expected to proactively shape the growth of a young and meaningful venture, take on responsibility and enjoy working outside of your comfort zone. A diversified job profile is waiting for you in an international environment. Our German Office will be located in Cologne and we already have a headquarters in the heart of Zurich. In Ghana, our team operates two production sites with thousands of farmers. While spread across the world, we are all just a video call away.


Employment Level: 100%
Starting date: September 2024 (or upon agreement)
Travel: Up to 25%


Application Deadline: 30.06.2024
Send your application to:
What to send? CV and motivation video

What's a motivation video? Please provide us a quick 2–3-minute video in which you answer the
following three questions. Please don’t bother with any fancy editing.
a) why are you interested in working with Koa?
b) how do you understand the advertised position?
c) why are you interested in this position and that you are the right person for it?

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will do our best to answer them as fast as possible. At Koa, we value diversity and therefore welcome all applications – regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation, and identity.

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