Food Technologist

The Pure Food Co.

The Pure Food Co.

Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Sunday, July 7, 2024

Are you ready to nourish the world's seniors and make a real impact on their lives? Join The Pure Food Co, a high-growth, Kiwi-founded business that's changing the game in aged care and healthcare nutrition!

  • We're on a mission to solve a crucial problem: seniors need more protein, and we're here to deliver it in innovative, delicious ways.
  • Our turnkey nutrition system is making waves across NZ, Australia, and Europe, supporting healthier ageing, and helping people get more from life.
  • We are looking for someone who is driven and eager to develop their career. Working closely with the Innovation Manager, you will be proactive, creative and have the drive to make a difference.

Enjoy new challenges and career growth as you work with our fast-growing business!

About The Pure Food Co

We are solving an important problem. It’s a story repeated almost everyday across aged care and health care: our seniors require a lot of protein, and most are getting as little as 60% of what they need. The result is lower weight and muscle mass, more illness, falls and hospitalisation and much less freedom to enjoy life. The Pure Food Co is an innovative and rapidly growing purpose-led company, whose mission is to create food that will help people thrive when they are at their most vulnerable - creating a variety of fortified foods that are full of fresh flavours and enriched with natural nutrition - these include meal, beverage, and snacking occasions. Developed by food & healthcare experts, they supply every New Zealand public hospital, all of NZ’s largest aged care networks and the largest caterers in New Zealand. With expansion into Australia and Europe well underway, this is a company that you will be proud to be a part of.

In a large and rapidly growing market. Our products address a global population of 60+ year olds that is expected to double by 2050 to 2.1 billion people, with the population of those aged 80+ expected to triple over the same period. The industry will radically change over the next few decades, and we will be leading the charge.

Our Values

We Care. We Innovate. We Deliver.

These aren't just words on a wall – they're the heartbeat of our culture.

Role Purpose

Reporting to the Innovation Manager, the Food Development Technologist will play an important role developing new food products, improving existing products to keep us at the forefront of nutrition, and helping set standards for producing, and packaging our food.


New Product Development

  • Lead innovation projects for new fortified food and beverage products.
  • Develop project plans, timelines, and budgets for NPD projects.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to bring new products to market.
  • Evaluate and select suppliers for raw materials and ingredients.
  • Monitor the implementation of new recipes to enhance food quality.
  • Factory Trials using reports to record temperature settings, process constraints, ingredient suitability, projected waste/giveaway, sensory and visual attributes.
  • Prepare samples and prototypes for testing and evaluation and working through to scale production processes required.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to integrate new formulations into production.
  • Ensure compliance with local and international food safety requirements.
  • Assist in preparing documentation for product approvals and certifications.
  • Communicate progress and outcomes to stakeholders.

Continuous Improvement and Improvement Projects

  • Modifies and improves production processes and recipes and monitors the use of new recipes to enhance food quality.
  • Support the development of new ingredients, products, processes, and guidelines.
  • Identify and implement opportunities for continuous improvement.
  • Lead improvement initiatives and successful implementation, including monitoring and evaluating their effectiveness.
  • Develop project plans, timelines, and budgets for improvement projects.
  • Support the development of new ingredients, products, processes, and guidelines.
  • Own and resolve non-conformance in food filling processes.

Innovation Health & Safety

  • Identify and Implement food safety procedures to improve the quality at the workplace.
  • Work alongside Quality, Compliance & Innovation team to draft and implement Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Maintain a safe and clean work environment.

Supplier Engagement

  • Help manage relationships with key suppliers to ensure consistent quality.
  • Conduct supplier audits to ensure quality and compliance


  • Support and help develop a positive workplace culture.
  • Comply with any personal obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and demonstrate through own actions a commitment to Health and Safety at work when undertaking work or observing others in the workplace.
  • Undertake any other duties as reasonably required by the company outside of this job description.



Hold a Bachelor of Food Technology/Science or similar based qualification.

Solid technical background with 2-5 years of experience in development of food products.

Demonstrated success in developing food dietary supplements and/or fortified food.

  • Even better if its in tinned/ pouch soups, dips, infant food/formula or supplements.

Initiative and confidence to champion a new product from concept to manufacture.


Demonstrated success in developing food dietary supplements and/or fortified food.

  • Even better if its in tinned/ pouch soups, dips, infant food/formula

Experience fortifying food to meet nutritional targets.

Experience developing products for both Australia and NZ markets.

Sound knowledge of food safety standards code and awareness of allergens and labelling requirements.

Experience in producing for export.

Innovative, curious mind eager to embrace the new.



As a self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit, you view roadblocks as exciting challenges rather than setbacks. You're always ready to roll up your sleeves, put your hand up for new opportunities, and get stuck into the work that needs to be done.


Looks for new ways to solve problems and improve processes whilst not afraid to challenge the status quo. Provides innovative ideas and solutions, shares insights and drives continual improvement.


Works with others to collaborate, consult and solve problems. Shares ideas, contributes to discussions and works as a team to achieve shared objectives. Communicates and builds relationships with others.

We're looking for someone who:

  • Thrives in a fast-paced, innovative environment
  • Brings creativity and proactivity to every task
  • Enjoys collaborating with a tight-knit, passionate team

Why Join Us?

  • Be part of a company you'll be proud to work for
  • Enjoy a strong, supportive culture where everyone feels connected and respected
  • Experience the buzz of a growing company making waves internationally

Join us in nourishing the world's seniors and help write the next chapter of The Pure Food Co story!