Rachel, Doctor in Plant Physiology , Corporate Research
I have been working in Bonduelle's R&D division since 2002. I am specialised in plant physiology, and was first appointed to the Genas site for 7 years to work on improving the preservation of cut & washed salads. I then joined the Renescure team in 2009, where I have been working on all different types of technologies. Plant physiology consists in studying plant behaviour according to various themes. Within the framework of my job, it mostly consists in improving the knowledge we have of our raw materials or in better understanding a phenomenon: a preservation issue for instance. I enjoy the fact that there is no daily routine, as projects are always very different. They can be very concrete for instance when it comes to researching and developing an analytical method in response to an issue or to adopt a more up-stream point of view to improve our knowledge of a vegetable and thus better understand its behaviour during its processing or preservation phases. The diversity of our projects thus leads to diverse contact people and partners. Indeed, I am in contact with the Quality, Agronomy and Development departments, as well as with the University research laboratories, which is also a very pleasant aspect of this job.
Hélène, Packaging Research & Development
I have been working in packaging R&D for 12 years already! My job has evolved with changes in the organisation and I am fortunate to work for all the activities according to the period (cut and washed salads, frozen vegetables, canned goods). I take part in many kinds of projects and can notably run projects in innovation, development, and optimising existing solutions. In R&D we also work on corporate projects such as designing training or writing documents common to all the subsidiaries. My daily work varies all the time! It greatly depends on the projects of the moment! and it is shared between travel to our plants for trials, to suppliers for making contact or conducting audits, and naturally a little office time to write up reports and think up future projects... Why do I love this job? It is very diverse and never repetitive, especially at Bonduelle which has a very wide packaging offer! There are always new packaging types, new ideas, new ways to optimise... It also increases your ability to adapt to different needs, contacts and situations! It is very rewarding! It is an interesting job, both creative and technical, that varies greatly! Packaging is a key leverage point for a brand!
Sonia, Research & Development Technician
I arrived at Bonduelle in 1998 as a quality controller for the frozen products sector on the Renescure site in France, then joined R&D in 2002 working as a research technician. My job involves conducting the laboratory tests organised by the process and innovation engineers I also help to define test protocols and am responsible for writing up the results.
Organisational skills, versatility and knowledge of all the technologies used in the Bonduelle Group are essential for success in my work.
In addition to the autonomy and trust shown in me by the project managers as I perform my tasks, which motivates me, I am continually learning new skills as I work on the different projects of the group.