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Food Technology/ Food science Internship Programme at RCL Foods

Research and Design Intern


Closing Date 2024/04/22

Reference Number RCL240415-6

Company RCL Foods

Job Title Research and Design Intern

Functions R and D

Job Type Classification Inservice Trainee

Location - Town / City Pretoria West

Location - Province Gauteng

Location - Country South Africa

Job Description

RCL FOODS is seeking a highly motivated, results-driven, and analytical R&D Intern who is a quick learner and has strong interpersonal skills to join the R&D Team based in Pretoria West.

The successful incumbent will gain in-depth experience in product development, lab comprehension, factory, and lab equipment knowledge within Beverage business. The R&D Intern will also be encouraged to explore other areas of interest to learn more about fundamentals and the general operations both within and outside of the assigned department that will be supplemental to the learning experience - e.g., Manufacturing and Quality departments. This position will be for a fixed period of 12 months

Minimum Requirements

Matric/ Grade 12

In the process of completing a Food Technology/ Food science qualification.

Candidate must require workplace exposure to obtain their qualification in Food Science/ Food technology.

S4/ completed theory of Food Science or Food technology.

Lab experience will be added advantage.

Duties & Responsibilities

Core Responsibilities

Assist Seniors in organising factory and lab trials.

Run lab trials and factory trials.

Assist in product brief execution according to project scope requirements (Trials, product samples, tastes sessions, product analysis – shelf life/nutritionals etc)

Assist in coordinating multi-disciplinary teams including relevant internal – pretrial meetings.

Collect and record data from trials

Optimize product quality

Plan and execute experiments and summarize results

Support/lead project teams as a technical resource

Assist in scoping and facilitating business opportunities

Implement consumer tests in collaboration with consumer tasting panel

Manage deliverables to achieve R&D timelines as discussed and agreed with NPD Manager

Create and manage product specifications

Create and manage ingredient specification

Maintain technical documentation


Take ownership and accountability for tasks and activities

Demonstrate self-drive and effective self-management

Present project updates to Seniors on weekly basis

Technical Expertise and Insight

Gain practical expertise and insights through active engagement during trials and meetings.

Actively pursue understanding and answers to problems that arising during in project team meetings through plant engagement and discuss solution at Technical weekly meetings.

Operations Management

Support the implementation of simplified production processes to increase operational effectiveness and efficiencies

Support the implementation of optimal plant line efficiencies through all new developments and cost saving projects

Ensure effective use of raw material into recipe formulations

Manages actions where required to ensure that there are no areas of noncompliance.


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