In a nutshell: Managing the New Product Development process – from coming up with concepts for rolled oats and muesli products through to marketing them.
Why? "I like being involved in the whole process from beginning to end, and seeing the final product being sold and enjoyed by consumers makes my job rewarding."
Waitaki Boys' High School, final year subjects: Accounting, Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, Geography, Maths, Sciences, Statistics
University of Otago: Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Food Science and Marketing Management; Master of Food Science; Postgraduate Diploma in Food Science
My favourite subject at school was Chemistry. I enjoyed the experiments, and experimenting is very much part of my job today.
This isn't the career I planned, but I'm really pleased that I'm involved in food technology. I originally wanted to be a chef but soon realised that long hours over a hot stove wasn't exactly my idea of fun.
I still wanted to do something creative with food, so I took Food Science at university and I've never really looked back.
I worked for New Zealand Honey Specialties after graduating. My role as marketing advisor and food scientist included testing honey to ensure it complied with with health regulations and was safe to eat.
I also developed new products and worked on marketing campaigns to make consumers aware of our product.
I wear a lot of different hats in my job at Harraways because I work in a small team. Every day is different – sometimes I'll be in the factory creating new products, other days I'll be in the office with the marketing team working on new product development releases, or with the design team creating a look for a new product.
If you love food and you're a creative person this could be the career for you. It's helpful to have a Chemistry, Food Science or Food Technology qualification.
Posted February 2017
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