Careers at Kenwood: Apprentice Home Economist

Job Title: Assistant Home Economist ( Food Technologist Apprenticeship)

Grade: P1

Reports to: Senior Home Economist

Direct Reports: None

Date Created: 09/01/19



Purpose:       To evaluate and test new and existing small kitchen/food preparation appliances in a test kitchen environment.

Training:      Attend 2 Year Food Technologist Apprenticeship as part of the on the job training.

Principle Accountabilities:

  • To carry out performance testing of development products from prototype to production level and to verify their performance in accordance with relevant test methods.
  • To compare and evaluate competitors’ products for project benchmarking
  • To create and review Kenwood core instruction manuals.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Carry out kitchen performance tests on Kenwood core kitchen appliances against relevant test methods and protocols
  • Carry out benchmarking/comparative testing against key competitors
  • Write concise technical kitchen test reports for all performance testing carried out
  • Create instruction manual for new products and liaise with an outside agency to typeset and action translations.  Review and update instruction as and when necessary
  • Create and update performance test methods when required
  • Responsible to ensure allocated project work and instruction books are actioned and completed at the correct time
  • To work within and support the other departments within the NPD team, including the Quality, R&D and Marketing teams
  • To provide expertise to Customer Care, Sales etc. (both UK and globally), on any performance enquires/questions they may have regarding using Kenwood products, and if required arrange the necessary testing
  • To assist other departments with technical information regarding products tested
  • Demonstrate performance of products internally where requested
  • To purchase food items for carrying out performance testing
  • To maintain “good housekeeping” practices in the Test Kitchen
  • Comply with the Roles and Responsibilities as is defined in Section 2.3 of the Health and Safety Manual

Key Interface – Internal/External


  • R&D Team
  • Quality Team
  • Product Managers/Assistants
  • Project Managers/Assistants


  •  Instruction Manual Artwork and translation Agency.

Health and Safety Training Requirements:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act – E-Learning
  • Food Hygiene Level 2
  • Electrical safety training
  • New product development process

Qualifications & Experience:


  • Level 2 English and Maths (minimum GCSE grade A-C/BTEC) 
  • Food based qualification (minimum GCSE Grade A – C) or experience – ideally around Home Economics, Nutrition, Food Technology/Food Science or Health & Wellness. 
  • Good communication skill both written and oral 
  • Interest in Food, Nutrition and home cooking
  • Good interactive team player 
  • Analytical approach to work 
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office – word, excel and Power point


  •  Experience of team work
  • Pro-active problem solving
  • Able to work with minimal supervision
  • Regular home cooking – especially home baking
  • Familiar with using small domestic kitchen appliances – especially kitchen machines/food mixers and food processors. 
  • Clean Driver’s Licence

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