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Young Professional Profile - Daniel Hefft

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My role

I proudly work as a process development engineer for the Weetabix Food Company.

We are Britain’s number one breakfast cereal manufacturer, based in Northamptonshire.

My role is an exciting mixed bag which includes food engineering, food safety, product & process development and many more.

I work closely with the capital projects team on major projects such as commissioning new production lines and conducting process safety studies (HazOP). My job also includes line fingerprinting, mathematical modelling (heat transfers, mass balances, residence times…), value engineering, scale-up, new product development from brief to handover and doing applied research in technology projects.

One of my favourite parts of my job is that I get to work with people across all disciplinary functions of the business. I also enjoy doing troubleshooting in the factories.

Transition from university to industry

This is my second transition from university to industry. After I graduated in Germany I went straight into a job. Having worked all summer holidays in the food industry from a young age, I knew exactly what to expect. After three years of studying, I was looking forward to getting back into the industry to apply the knowledge I had gained during my degree.

After a few years I decided to seek for a new challenge and went to the UK to join a postgraduate programme. Straight after graduating from Reading University I joined Weetabix. This transition was much more challenging, having an international background. It was and is exciting to work in another country and culture and interesting to see how things are done here. The key for a successful transition is in my opinion open-mindedness and eagerness.

What IFST offers that is unique to me

For me, IFST stands for opportunity. Unlike any other professional food body I have come across, IFST is a living organisation that is really looking to engage people. The IFST staff are friendly, highly engaged and very helpful. Also, IFST offers great networking opportunities.

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