Food Technologist/ Chemist

  • Westlakes Recruitment
  • New Zealand
  • 30/04/2021
EOI - Expression of Interest Scientific

Job Description


CHEMISTS, AND FOOD AND WINE SCIENTISTS study the chemical and physical properties of substances, develop and monitor chemical processes and production, develop new and improve existing food products, and plan and coordinate the production of wine and spirits.

Indicative Skill Level:
In Australia and New Zealand:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification. In the case of Wine Makers, at least five years of experience may substitute for the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
Tasks Include:

      • conducting experiments and tests to identify the chemical composition and reactive properties of natural substances and processed materials
      • analysing and conducting research to develop theories, techniques and processes, and testing the reliability of outcomes under different conditions
      • developing practical applications of experimental and research findings
      • testing food products for flavour, colour, taste, texture and nutritional content
      • advising on preserving, processing, packaging, storing and delivering foods
      • developing quality control procedures and safety standards for the manufacture of food products
      • examining grape samples to assess ripeness, sugar and acid content, and determining suitability for processing
      • coordinating winemaking processes, directing workers in testing and crushing grapes, fermenting juices, and fortifying, clarifying, maturing and finishing wines
      • blending wines according to formulae and knowledge of winemaking techniques


234211 Chemist
234212 Food Technologist
234213 Wine Maker

234211 CHEMIST

Studies the chemical and physical properties of substances, and develops and monitors chemical processes and production.

Skill Level: 1


Analytical Chemist
Industrial Chemist


Alternative Title:Food Scientist
Develops new and improves existing food products, and sets standards for producing, packaging and marketing food.

Skill Level: 1


Alternative Title:Oenologist
Plans, supervises and coordinates the production of wine or spirits from selected varieties of grapes.

Skill Level: 1


One of the following qualifications:
- Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours (Food Product Technology) or ( Food Process Engineering) (NZQF Level 8)
- A bachelor's degree at NZQF Level 7, or a higher qualification with the minimum equivalent of 360 credits, which includes the requirements of a New Zealand major in the focus areas of nutrition or food science
a minimum of three years’ relevant post-qualification work experience in the industry