R&D Associate

Permanent employee, Full-time · London

KatKin’s Opportunity

Did you know that cat food contains very little meat? Considering cats need meat to thrive, that’s a problem. Cats have been neglected by the pet food industry for too long, being offered variations of dog food, rather than food designed specifically for their enjoyment and health. KatKin gives cats what they really need and crave - 100% Fresh premium meat. Pure and simple.

Rated 4.9 out of 5 on Trustpilot with many cat owners reporting transformative benefits, we’re the highest rated cat food brand in the UK. Join our fast-paced, innovative team and help more cat people discover the best food for their cat’s health!

Why You’ll Love Working With Us

If you want to join and grow an ambitious, mission-driven, high-growth startup that’s making a genuine difference to cat’s (and their people’s) lives, you’ll love working at KatKin.

With a growing audience of cat people, an expanding Fresh meals recipe book, and the science to back it all up, you get the sense that KatKin is a mere whisker away from becoming a household name for helping cat people do the best for their cats.

The Role
The R&D Associate will contribute their skills and knowledge in either nutrition, food science, biology, or chemistry to the many projects across the R&D portfolio at KatKin under the guidance of the project leaders. These include nutrition, food development, palatability, scientific research into the benefits of fresh food, and more. This is a great opportunity to get well versed in all areas of R&D at KatKin, contribute to the team's pace and capacity for discovery and develop key skills required in the fast-paced pet food industry.
This Hands-On Role Includes Ownership Of:
  • Carrying out key aspects in food development initiatives such as data synthesis, managing logistical aspects of trials, and running some food trials

  • Assisting with the management of samples for lab testing and lab testing results

  • Supporting on routine nutritional testing and analysis

  • Supporting the management of in-home panels

Who You Are
  • Loves cats (obviously!)

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in science: either Animal Science, Food Science, Nutrition, Zoology, Biology, Chemistry or a related field

  • A proactive contributor who is keen to get involved

  • An organised and meticulous worker

  • Well versed in Google Sheets, Google Docs, etc.

Nice to Have (but not essential)
  • A knowledge and understanding of animal nutrition (even better if it’s cats!)

  • Experience working on projects, including research projects

  • A knowledge and understanding of food science and/or food chemistry

What We Offer:
  • Competitive salary and a MacBook

  • Career defining opportunity in being instrumental to scaling our brand, fast

  • No egos and a small close-knit team

  • 25 days holiday every year plus your birthday off

  • 4 week WFA (work from anywhere) policy

  • 1-2 days WFH every week

  • 12-weeks paternity / maternity leave

  • Discount for KatKin fresh meals

  • AXA Health Insurance including optical and dental

  • Yearly personal development budget 

  • Company pension

  • Free popcorn, all the tea and coffee you can drink, fresh fruit, great banter and a cat (and dog) friendly office

To Apply

Send your CV and very brief sentences on the below questions to dom@katkin.com

(These are optional)

  1. Tell us about a time you hustled in order to get something done

  2. What are your blind spots as told by the person who knows you best

  3. Tell us anything about the pet food space you find interesting

  4. Which DTC brand has delighted you the most and what did they do

  5. Which piece of work are you most proud of and why?

  6. Tell us your favourite thing about your cat(s)? (Bonus if plural!)

About us
We aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths. We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. At KatKin we celebrate differences, and everything that makes our colleagues unique, by upholding an inclusive environment in which we can all thrive. 

We want to make our recruitment processes accessible to everyone, so if there is any way that we can support you to be the best you can be, please contact jessica@katkin.com
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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