University of Abertay Dundee

University of Abertay Dundee

KTP Associate

United Kingdom

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KTP Associate

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Salary range: £32,332.00, plus dedicated Personal Development Budget of £5,333

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Full time

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School of Applied Sciences


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Job description

NPD Technologist / Commercial Food Science Extraordinaire (KTP Associate)

Growers Garden & Abertay University

32 months

Salary range: £32,332.00, plus dedicated Personal Development Budget of £5,333


Enjoy potato crisps and conventional snacks? So did we, until we heard how they were made. And saw the farming practices behind them. And then saw the nutritional parameters. After that, we put that bag of potato crisps down. At Growers Garden, we believe in sustainable farming and snacking. We believe passionately that our supply chain should support sustainable working practices, all the way from picking the crop to marketing the product (which we do online… less paper). And above all else, the product should be healthy, food inclusive and taste magnificent. What's even better – we want you to be a part of it with us.

Growers Garden have partnered with Abertay University through Innovate UK KTP programme and their incredible food scientists to create an NPD technologist role. You'll be based primarily at Growers Garden, and spend on average one day a week at Abertay. As the KTP associate, you'll drive our NPD projects forward, you'll transfer tons of knowledge about ingredient interactions and product quality over to Growers Garden (don't worry, their managing director is also a scientist, so he may even understand you!). You'll foster a culture of innovation, research and development, you'll engage with internal (staff, management, the board) and external (customers, suppliers, researchers) stakeholders, and you'll work tirelessly on the creation of new, healthy and exciting snacks. Like the current range, these new snacks will be vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free, and make use of ‘wonky' or under-utilised crop.

What will I be doing?

The primary duties of this role will include:

  • Deliver the project objectives in the KTP project proposal.
  • Develop and understand ingredient interactions and the processes that go into making fresh veg crisps.
  • Assist in the development of HFSS compliant snacks (this is government legislation about reducing all the nasties that we eat).
  • Develop training programs for all staff on new processes, and create supporting documentation. This will include weekly and monthly updates to key stakeholders.
  • Maintain an up-to-date project plan and provide progress updates to the Local Management Committee (Growers Garden, Abertay and KTP funding bodies).
  • Understand the company's extrusion production process and seek to develop this further.
  • Work to improve the nutritional profiles of the vegetable snacks.
  • Understand how brassicas interact with other ingredients and they may effect the production process and/or nutritional parameters, e.g., does variety matter, time of planting or picking, whether you use the stem or the florets etc.
  • Assist with expanding the product portfolio to incorporate a whole range of other healthy vegetables.
  • Embed a culture of learning, development and scientific innovation into the company.
  • What you'll need to succeed

    Nobody ticks every box, but ideally you'll have a Masters or Honours degree in food science or food technology. You'll be an outstanding communicator and confident when presented with challenges to overcome. You'll be a natural-born teacher and have solid IT and project management skills. Most importantly, you'll work extremely well with others at all levels.

    Specific knowledge of relevant analytical food science techniques is also an advantage, including HPLC, LCMS or GCMS. Strong practical lab and research skills would be beneficial, and experience of working in a commercial environment post-graduation is highly desirable.

    Informal enquiries can be directed to Martin Peel (martin.peel@growers- or Athina Tziboula-Clarke ([email protected]).

    Hours of Work:

    Your normal hours of work will be 37.5 hours per week worked between 8.30 am and 5pm Monday to Friday. We may change these working hours if such changes are reasonably required for the purposes of our business, and we aim to give you any overtime back with Friday afternoons off.


    Your annual entitlement will be 30 days, inclusive of bank holidays


    The position will be based at Growers Garden's premises in Cupar, Fife, with some periods of work at Abertay University.

    Job details


    KTP Associate


    University of Abertay Dundee


    United Kingdom


    September 16, 2023

    Application deadline

    November 03, 2023

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Medicine,Physics

    About the employer

    Abertay University was established as the Dundee Technical Institute in 1888 in Dundee. On August 17th, 1994, it officially became the University of Abertay Dundee. Notably, the university has been promoting itself by its current name since 2014.

    Situated in the Dundee city center, the Abertay University campus features excellent infrastructure and offers several modern amenities. It is conveniently located near the city's main bus and train stations. The campus consists of several academic, recreational, and administrative buildings including Kydd Building, Old College, Hannah Maclure Centre, and Students Centre. All these buildings are grouped around the Bernard King Library in the Bell Street Complex. The four major academic buildings, namely Kydd building, Graham Building, Baxter Building, and Old College building feature spacious classrooms, laboratories, and study areas. The campus offers excellent residential and dining facilities too. Also, it is home to 13 sports clubs supporting more than 23 social and competitive teams.

    Abertay University offers numerous postgraduate, undergraduate and research programs in various fields such as business, engineering, computer science, computer games, law, nursing, pharmacy, sports, economics, finance, and behavioral sciences. It also offers a number of preparation and English language courses. The university houses over 4,000 students including lots of foreign students and a team of distinguished and qualified faculty members. It also offers many career services to students. Around 95% of the university's graduates find employment or enroll in further studies within six months of finishing graduation.

    Abertay University has over 25,000 alumni including numerous notable and successful names. Shehzad Afzal is a writer, producer, director and game designer known for directing and producing Bo Kata, a famous documentary film. Vikki Bunce is a professional field hockey player who plays for Scotland at the national level. Joe FitzPatrick is Scotland's Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing. Stewart Hosie is the former deputy leader of the Scottish National Party. David Jones is an accomplished video game developer who created Grand Theft Auto and Lemmings. Iain McNicol was the GMB Union's National Political Officer and the general secretary of the British Labour Party. Andy Nicol is a popular rugby player. Brian Souter is a successful businessman and the founder of the Stagecoach Group. The university has produced many other distinguished graduates.

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