Process Development Technologist

Location: Okehampton, Devon. Some travel will be needed.

Hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm Mon-Fri, flexibility outside of these hours needed to meet business demands.

Pay: Dependant on experience

Holiday: 25 days + Bank Holidays

Reporting into: New Product Development Manager


Role Summary


It’s an exciting time to join the Forthglade family in our new-state-of-the-art factory in Okehampton. We’ve been proudly producing natural pet food in Devon since 1971 and things have changed a lot since then. Today we produce more than 750,000 trays of food for dogs every week, but one thing remains the same; customers remain at the heart of what we do.


This is an exciting role as we continue to expand our product offerings in wet dog food, treats and cold-pressed dry food. The successful candidate will have a strong focus on process & packaging development from trials through to launch.


Role specifics

Main duties & responsibilities


        • Responsible for product development to include new and existing products, packaging and process development
    • Working closely with Technical & Operations Team and co-pack facilities
    • Proactively managing the interface of the development process with internal functions and co-packers
    • Manage trials, pre-production, launches and reviews
    • Establish RAG’s with customers and at site
    • Manage customer requirements for trial and launch reviews
    • Ensuring all development is in line with legislative requirements for complete and complementary pet food
    • Specialism: Product and Process Development, Thermal process validation, Animal nutrition, Pet food legislation, full understanding of process capabilities at all sites to ensure successful delivery of new products and processes


Person Specification

Knowledge & experience


  • Experience of working in the food industry, ideally within a new product development / process development role.
  • Understanding of ingredient functionality and suitability


Skills & Personal Attributes


  • To succeed in this role you will need to be focussed, have excellent time management skills and high attention to detail
  • The ability to work independently
  • Building strong working relationships with FG team and co-packers
  • The role requires a self-motivated individual with the ability to prioritise and manage own time effectively
  • Must be trustworthy, reliable and punctual
  • A proactive approach and a willingness to show initiative and solve problems will also be required
  • Flexibility in your role to meet the needs of the business is a key commitment in this role



If you're interested in applying, please send a copy of your CV along with a cover letter to


We'll get in touch as soon as we can if we'd be interested in finding out more about you & your experience.