Research & Development Jobs in Nairobi

Research & Development Jobs in Nairobi

We are looking for a senior research and development manager

The R&D Manager will provide leadership in the product development making samples, leading production trials and interacting with interrelated departments.

The R&D is very hands-on at the bench and in the plant in support of NPD. This position is the key link from the company to current and future markets


  • Lead product development programs for the effective introduction of new products, consistent with the strategic plan
  • Deliver new products on schedule and within specification. Work with leadership team members and production teams to improve time to market by reducing product development life cycle and improving the product development process.
  • Prepare and oversee the preparation of technical reports, summaries, protocols, and analyses of R&D projects.
  • Effectively coordinate with other functional areas associated with the R&D activities, including Legal, Regulatory Affairs, Quality, Procurement, Marketing, sales and production
  • Leading the company Pilot Plant trials and execution
  • Participates in stage gate approval review process of new opportunities, determine feasibility of running new products or ingredients in production.
  • Implements corporate process and procedures associated with product development standards and full commercialization of products.
  • Ensure sales and internal teams are updated on new product status and launches, work with Head of Marketing and Sales in commercialization criteria for new products
  • Develop and measure appropriate physical parameters of product based on research and
    submit sample for testing. Develop and issue formula to costing for pricing; evaluate current product formulations for optimal usage of raw ingredients; consider potential reformulations of ingredients and/or ingredient substitutions.
  • Maintain awareness of current trends, literature in the market
  • Maintain product portfolio book and work with cross-functional teams to perform routine rationalization
  • Prepare for Evaluation and approvals of new concepts based on quality, functionality, manufacturability, and cost
  • Manages product improvement and engineering change process


  • Prior cross-functional leadership experience is desirable.
  • Flexible and agile mindset with a strong understanding of the end to end R&D process
  • Ability to translate Product Requirements into Technical Requirements
  • Must be experienced in project based product development.
  • Strong industry awareness to understand value of new products.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience, 6-10 years of which are in soap manufacturing
  • BSc degree Chemical Engineering or related field
  • Exposure in MNC will be an added advantage

    How to Apply

  • Send CV Apply by 10th December, 2018

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