Location: 64 Main Road, Whitefield P O RESEARCH C, Bangalore- 560 066, Karnataka, India.
We are looking to hire a Principal Research Scientist, Tea based in Bangalore
Unilever is setting up a separate entity for its Tea business to ensure it can best achieve its potential. Its tea brands, estates and all geographies (other than India and Indonesia) will be part of the standalone entity – Tea Company.
With generated revenues of €2 billion in 2019, Tea company is growing and profitable with proven potential both pre- and post-COVID-19. Tea company will be the largest Tea entity in the world and is even better positioned to lead the industry and take full advantage of the opportunities in the category, with more focus and entrepreneurship driving greater growth and value.
The vision for the Tea company is to champion a tastier, healthier, more sustainable world of plant-based drinking. Purposeful thinking will be the core anchor of our business, our brands and culture, enabling simple and agile decision making, an entrepreneurial mindset and a passion for our consumers.
Main Accountabilities and key tasks
To lead creation and shaping of Transformation Innovations and delivery to the agreed technology funnel
To develop exciting cutting-edge technology supported by risk-based assessment, consumer benefit to drive product superiority
Science & Technology partner and acting as first point of contact for all innovations and technical aspects for the Plant Sciences Capability
To influence both Global and Local R&D teams on implementing technology solutions in our portfolio which are sustainably accretive
Support global and local design teams
Inspire and actively develop members. Define and manage their work programme, and development plans.
The employee is expected to create and develop breakthrough technologies and help advance them through the funnel to the market. This means that they are expected to be keenly aware of consumer needs, competetitor trends and latest scientific advances in the area. Development of new technolgies always presents new and unexpected challenges. The employee is expected to understand these challenges and resove them speedily with the team. At the same time the incumbent is expected to respond quickly even when the technology is further into the funnel if a technical issue emerges.
Tea is a mature business with little or no change in 100+ years , hence this job requires a very high level of creativity to identfy newtechnical opportunities and routes to deliver to the category ambition of superiority in teas with a 5-10 year time horizon. This involves not just the scientific creativity but rigor an in depth understanding of changing consumer needs and prefernces across the globe especiallly the tea drinking heavy countries
This Science & Technology role by definition is to create breakthrough technlogies with a medium- long term time horizon. Hence the technologies that are developed and progressed must radically add value to the business not just for today but for a 5-10 year time horizon.
A PhD in Plant Sciences with 5-10 years experience or a Masters with 15-20 years experience
The key skills required are technical problem solving, team management, and stakeholder management.
They are also required to ensure IP protection and regulatory compliance. The role also involves leading and building the Plant Sciences including hiring and mentoring employees as per needs