Owen Fisher

Owen Fisher

Product Development Technologist, Heinz Wattie’s

In a nutshell: Developing and improving frozen meal products.

Why? “The best thing about my job is the diversity of each day.”

Pathway: Katikati College, final year subjects: Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics
Massey University - Palmerston North: Bachelor of Food Technology

Earning: $45-55,000

I met a senior food technologist who talked to me about the benefits of food technology, which influenced me a lot. I also listened to my mother, who convinced me to go to university.

I work in the Frozen Product Development Team at Heinz Wattie’s. I spend my time developing new frozen meals and improving existing meals. I get to work in the kitchen, pilot plant and factory. The rest of my time is spent in the office with the rest of the team working on project feasibilities and product costs, and sourcing new ingredients.

The best thing about the job is the diversity of my work. Each day is different. One day I might be in the test kitchen making a number of samples to find out which ingredients should be used in a new meal. The next day I might be working on a report for a trial.

One challenge that I have come up against is to change the manufacturing process for making the sauce for a product, and to find out if the taste, texture and appearance of the finished product changes.

I work in an environment where personal initiative and teamwork are encouraged. I have learnt how to work independently and ask questions when I need help. You have to be independent and able to manage your time well. You must be computer literate, innovative and hands-on.

This job could be a stepping stone to working at other Heinz companies around the world. It could also help me develop my skills and become a leader one day.

Posted October 2011

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Degree in Food Science or Technology


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