Kraft Undertaking R&D Recruitment in the UK
Written by Geoff Newman on 9/19/2011
Recruitment is underway for nearly 100 new research and development (R&D) jobs at the UK operations of international food giant, Kraft, which owns such iconic brands as Cadbury, Philadelphia, Trebor and Kenco.
The 98 jobs will be split between the company's two R&D centres in the UK, with 54 jobs going to the Bournville centre in the Midland and 44 being created at the Global Centre of Excellence for Chocolate R&D in Reading.
The new swathe of recruitment is taking place on top of the on-going business-as-usual recruitment happening at the company's Global Centre of Excellence for Coffee R&D in Banbury in Oxfordshire.
Neil Bentley, the deputy-director general of the national business lobbying organisation, CBI, said that they were very pleased that Kraft is ramping up its commitment to its UK brands, particularly Cadbury, which it bought in a controversial takeover last year.
"It is encouraging to see that Kraft is enhancing its R&D capability here in the UK," he said. "Cadbury had a long and proud tradition in this area which Kraft are clearly keen to continue and develop."
The recruitment will raise Kraft's R&D headcount in the UK from 552 to 650 employees, cementing the UK operations' position as Kraft's largest R&D footprint outside the USA.
Geoff Newman, chief executive of online recruitment agency RecruitmentGenius.com, believes this could continue to position the UK as a world knowledge centre for the food industry.
“The UK has a lot to be proud of. We’re world leaders in fashion, Formula One and computer science. This investment from Kraft will not only secure jobs and knowledge in the UK, but also help position us as another world leader in food.”