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  • Posted: Jul 28, 2021
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    HACO Industries was established in the early 1970’s as single-product manufacturer. From those modest beginnings, HACO is now one of the region’s leading FMCG manufacturers, supplying a wide range of products to the entire East African and COMESA Markets.
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    Research and Development (R&D) Manager.

    Position Description

    To champion and manage the operations of the Research and Development function, take a key role in NPD projects (Innovation & Renovation), carry out consumer focused market exploratory research and bench marking activities geared towards cost saving initiatives and gaining a competitive edge in the market.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities

    The primary responsibilities include but not limited to:

    1. Lead and manage the R&D Department.
    2. Develop New Product Formulas & BOMs.
    3. Carry out lab scale stability samples and initiate stability test programs for the same.
    4. Co-ordinate the processing of validation batches of the new product and progressive testing of the same.
    5. Testing of new raw materials to make sure they are within expected specifications.
    6. Coordinate the bench marking activities for the HACO brands against competition as to identify opportunities to capitalize on.
    7. To carry out benchmark tests on quarterly basis involving all our products against competition.
    8. Carry out consumer focused market exploratory research to establish consumer insights, needs, trends etc.
    9. Continuous system improvement and process re-engineering.
    10. Ensuring adherence to standard manufacturing procedures and practices for the new and existing products.
    11. Explore possibilities of using same or similar material for some specific products or maintain one grade across board in line with the product specifications, material costs and inventory holding levels.
    12. Train support staff on any new requirements for processing & packaging of the newly introduced products.
    13. Drive high performance behaviour and tools for alignment, clarity, and focus.
    14. Develop and drive compliance culture.
    15. NPD skills enhancement through training.


    1. Degree in Analytical, Industrial or Applied Chemistry or Science Laboratory Technology with relevant experience (FMCG) to be considered.
    2. Further relevant qualification-Production management (Preferably in a chemical manufacturing environment).



    1. In-depth understanding of business processes and principles.
    2. In-depth understanding of Product forms, starting materials and their manufacturing process.
    3. Knowledge on basic product formulation and development process.
    4. Knowledge on packaging components and their development process.
    5. Ability to provide an inter-phase between procurement and manufacturing in sourcing of required material and components.
    6. Understanding of statutory and legislative requirements.
    7. Understanding of manufacturing, purchasing and logistics principles.
    8. Project Management Skills.
    9. Excellent computer skills-strong working knowledge of ERP systems.


    1. At least 3-4 years of experience in a Technical / Operational role in an FMCG preferably a chemical manufacturing environment.


    1. Excellent team player with unquestionable integrity.
    2. Dynamic & result oriented.
    3. Have analytical, interpersonal & strategic leadership skills.
    4. Coordinating, planning, and organising ability.
    5. Attention to detail.
    6. Reliable, assertive, resourceful & focused.
    7. Negotiating Skills.
    8. Strong personal values &character.

    Method of Application

    Interested applicants should forward copies of their application letters, academic and professional certificates, testimonials, up-to-date curriculum vitae to to be received not later than 30th July 2021.

    All applicants should state their expected remuneration and indicate their contact details.

    Haco Industries (K) Limited is an equal opportunity employer and people with disability and the marginalized are encouraged to apply.

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