Career Boost Programme

NPD/Technical Manager, Chef In A Box Ltd

Who we are…..

Chef in a Box Ltd is a manufacturing company that specialises in ready prepared meals containing quality Irish produce. The Company sells its products in all 32 counties in over 265 stores with 45 product lines. Due to increased business demand, Chef in a Box Ltd had to expand its production facilities and subsequently had to invest in new plant and machinery during 2019 to meet demands. The company is moving to a larger purpose-built production facility in Drumshanbo Co Leitrim in 2021.

What the role will involve…….

This FUSION project will embed a technical and new product development capability within the company with a range of chilled functional ready meals for the elderly population.

Approximately twelve meals will be developed that will be fortified with functional ingredients specifically important in later life including Vitamins D and B12, folate, calcium, fibre, potassium and omega 3. The range of functional ready meals will offer the choice of traditional meals such as Irish stew and fish pies and less traditional meals such as curries and pasta dishes – dishes that are now familiar with this age group.

In addition, the company will be changing their current packaging on all new ready meals while still ensuring customers can continue to cook their food quickly, safely, but now sustainably. This new range will help to increase Irish retail and food service penetration and to enter export retail and food service markets.

As well as an attractive salary offering of €30,000 to €33,000, the successful graduate will lead this 18 Month project, in a supportive partnership with Ulster University and will also have the opportunity to study for a Post Grad Diploma in Business & Management as part of the employment package.

We need you to have…….

  • BSc (Hons) degree in culinary arts and Food Science or closely related discipline
  • At least 1 year of food industry experience (this includes a placement year).
  • Must be legally permitted to work in ROI

We would like you to have…..

  • Practical experience in product development.
  • Practical experience of working with technical, production and sales personnel.
  • Practical experience of food processing.
  • Practical knowledge of food manufacturing systems


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