Confectionery Engineer (Consultant)

We are searching for an experienced Confectionary Technologist at our Turkmenistan Office

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Company and Sector Overview
In recent years, the share of imported confectionery goods has decreased significantly. Demand in the local market is increasing due to the government-driven import substitution strategy. The prominent players in the confectionery business segment are “Hasar,” “Oguzhan,” “Bars,” “Taze Ay,” “Nagmat,” “Ak Gar,” and “Burkut.” Hudayberdiyev Rejepgeldy (the “Entrepreneur”) got registered as an entrepreneur in 2008. From registration up to 2016, he engaged in trade, order-based exports, imports of various materials, as well as supply and sale of goods for different civil, construction, and industrial purposes. In 2016, Entrepreneur Hudayberdiyev received a land plot for long-term use to construct a confectionery factory (“Burkut”). In 2017, he delivered German equipment to the factory to produce various soft fruit and milk chewing caramel products. Upon adding additional equipment from Germany in 2019, he began producing multiple types of hard fruit caramel. In 2020, with Italian equipment purchase, the Company started making various long-lasting bread products (bakery confectionery). In the near future, the Entrepreneur also plans to start producing chocolate paste and dragee candies. The Entrepreneur carried out all activities at his own expense and bank loans. The primary competitive advantage of the Entrepreneur is low production and utility costs in Turkmenistan (in terms of exports) and relatively lower product prices compared to foreign substitutes. Combined with vast experience in production, sales, distribution, and marketing of confectionery products, the Entrepreneur has the necessary resources to establish successful marketing of the products and sustainable development in the local market. Moreover, the Entrepreneur is aiming to establish a specific niche of confectionary products in Turkmenistan. The Entrepreneur also considers exporting the products to Afghanistan, CIS countries, and China. The Entrepreneur has already received preliminary inquiries on its products and has established preliminary agreements with potential clients.

Project Purpose and Scope
The primary concept of the project is to expand the production of bakery confectionery (includes crostini, crackers, dippers, and other cookies) and diversify the product range of the enterprise by introducing a new product – dragée candies. The latter production is secured by purchasing brand-new and modern equipment for the production of various dragée candies. The Entrepreneur is in demand for highly qualified individuals capable of operating such equipment and overall production. This project will enhance the production-related literacy of company employees (hiring a Confectionery Engineer implies a direct and indirect approach to training the local personnel) achieved through practical methods and training sessions provided by the Consultant.

The overall purpose of this consultancy is to provide support and guidance on the efficiency of the equipment for the new products and to accompany and assist the technologist during the implementation of technological processes that enable efficient utilization of the production equipment.
The specific task of the Consultant will include:

  • Technical support and provision of guidance on the efficiency of the bakery confectionery production line during the post-installation period, as well as constant interactions with the equipment manufacturer during its installation
  • Technical support and provision of guidance on the efficiency of the line for the production of dragee products during the post-installation period, as well as constant contacts with the manufacturer of the equipment during its installation
  • Support and assistance to the technologist during the implementation of technological processes for the line for the production of bakery confectionery products 4. Support and assistance to the technologist during the implementation of technological processes for the line for the production of dragee products
  • The Consultant will be responsible for setting up effective technological processes and providing maintenance of equipment at the initial stages.
  • The Consultant will provide an online training course on the efficiency of equipment usage, operations, and maintenance, discovering and analyzing bottlenecks related to equipment and labor, wastefulness on labor hours, energy, and raw materials. The duration of the course will be 11 sessions, 1 hour each.

The course outline is to be provided for the approval of the Company before developing the full course materials. The materials to be developed are presentation slides for the 11 training sessions. Some of the critical modules to be included in the course are:

    • a) tracking capacity utilization
    • b) wastefulness on labor hours
    • c) wastefulness on energy
    • d) other fundamental issues like:
      • i. Methods of measuring and monitoring raw materials usage.
      • ii. Troubleshooting principles.
      • iii. Methods of achieving or exceeding the quality standards put in place.
      • iv. Quality control: industry standards, parameters, and tolerances.
  • The Consultant will be available to answer questions and help resolve problems on a daily basis.
  • The Consultant will conduct a final evaluation/testing of the course participants with the purpose of assessing the level of skills attained.
  • The Consultant will deliver a final report on the assignment, including the training sessions and results of the evaluation conducted.

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Closing date:
16 June 2021