Formulation Technician

Spain (Barcelona)


Our Company

Sector:            Petfood Industry

Turnover:        600M€. Third company in Europe in the pet care dry food business

Employees:     1.600 (7 production centers in Europe and America)

Location:         Plaza Europa. L’Hospitalet de Llobregat


At Affinity we are much more than experts in animal nutrition. For 50 years we have worked together with a common purpose: to bring together humans, dogs and cats for a better world.

Today, the more than 1.600 professionals who work at Affinity carry out this mission from our offices in Barcelona, Paris, Milan and São Paulo. Our 7 production centers in Europe and America supply more than 70 countries.

We are very proud of our brands, as well as of the work we do at the Affinity Foundation. Our company is going through exciting times, we are growing internationally, with new innovation projects and new market challenges.

We want to continue leaving our footprint and we want you to be part of it. We are looking for talented, bright, and driven people to join us, and in this case, passionate about marketing.

If you'd like to help us achieve our common purpose and keep growing professionally, this is your chance to leave your footprint by joining our amazing Operations Team.

What we offer

We offer a Formulator position in the Formulation and New Ingredient Development team. The formulator is the responsible for the maintenance of the formulas produced in the plant. The objective is to get an optimal formula cost while respecting both nutritional and ingredients specifications, achieving the best possible quality with food safety and labelling compliance. Formulas are regularly optimized with the new prices and availabilities of the ingredients, taking into account their nutritional profile, which must be periodically reviewed. Formulation actions are frequently implemented with different objectives: cost optimization, process improvement, quality/performance improvement of the product, adjustment of the formula to ingredient market constraints/opportunities, adjustment to new regulatory requirements...

The formulator is also an active participant in the new ingredient development process.

What you will do

Specific Duties and Responsibilities of a plant formulator:

  • Periodical formula optimization with new ingredient prices and availabilities.
  • Ingredient nutritional profile maintenance (matrix review), with the corresponding reformulation to adapt the formulas to it.
  • Stretch opportunities identification & implementation.
  • Formula’s pant maintenance.
  • Emergency formulas generation when required.
  • Formula code and ingredient code generation.
  • Perform formulation Budget, E1, E2.
  • Assist/Advice New Product Development team on formulation tasks/studies/projects.
  • Provide to purchasing team information about volumes to purchase, studies about new ingredients or new prices, etc.
  • Provide to vendor assurance information about supplier’s performance (e.g. trends on matrix review...) and formulation studies when required (e.g. impact of any ingredient change…).
  • Finished product nutritional deviations follow-up & investigation.
  • New Ingredient Development tasks: Ingredient evaluation and Ingredient Specifications creation and maintenance.

Being part of the R&D department, the formulator has fluently interaction with purchasing and manufacturing departments.

What we are looking for

  • University degree in sciences.
  • From 1 to 4 years’ experience in food or petfood sector.
  • Fluent English is a must. French will be much appreciated. Italian will be also considered.
  • Knowledge about ingredients and nutrition.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.
  • Methodic and systematic.
  • Initiative and proactivity.
  • Teamwork.
  • Good reaction time in case of emergencies.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Relational and communication skills.
  • Learning capacity.

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