• Gurgaon, India, IN
  • 09560055605
  • rakeshbishnoi20@gmail.com

Rakesh Kumar

Research Associate & Food Safety Specialist


Highly motivated and versatile Research and Food Safety Specialist with 3+ years of experience in R&D, food safety, quality assurance, laboratory set-up & operations, method development, and lab safety systems with broad analytical skills.



Analytical Instrumentation

  • Liquid Chromatography - UPLC (Waters)/HPLC (Agilent) & HPTLC (CAMAG)
  • Gas Chromatography - GC & GC-MS/MS (Agilent)
  • ICP-MS (NexIon 350 Perkin Elmer) & LC-MS (QTrap 6500 AB Sciex)
  • Kjeldahl/Soxhlet/Rotatory Evaporators/Karl Fischer/Rapid Sodium Analyser
  • Texture analyzer (Stable Micro Systems)/RVA/Falling Number & Gluten Index System (Perten)
  • NIR/NMR/DSC/Mixolab/Rheometer/Spectrophotometer/Water activity meter/Color meter/Rancimat

Analytical Chemistry

  • Method development/Method validation/Statistical evaluation 
  • Qualitative/quantitative chemical analysis.
  • Experience on advanced analytical instruments, troubleshooting & data interpretation.
  • Sample preparation & chemical analysis of foods samples
  • Documentation handling and record maintenance as per NABL requirements.

Food safety

  • HACCP/FSMS/Pathogen monitoring plan/Pest Management


  • New lab set-up/Lab operation & management
  • Collaboration with other Nestlé research locations for analytical support & development 
  • Interaction with external partners for analysis outsourcing & lab maintenance activities

Computer & communication

  • Proficiency in all MS applications (Word, Excel, etc.), SAP,
  • Good communication skills, practical capabilities, curiosity, initiative and result oriented.



Lead Auditor FSSC 22000:2005

May 2015 - May 2015
SGS India

System Awareness

  • Internal Auditor - ISO 18001 & ISO 14001
  • ISO - 17025-2005, 9001 and HACCP

Work History

Work History

Research Associate & Food Safety Specialist

Aug 2013 - Present
Nestlé R&D Centre India Pvt. Ltd.

  • Analytical support for development of innovation and renovation projects.
  • Develop robust analytical methods by scouting and developing standards of new technologies relevant for the businesses.
  • Set and maintain standards for new and existing methods by providing complete validation data.
  • Share analytical competencies in R&D and factories by actively contributing and promoting knowledge transfer.
  • Support factory operations – Technical Assistance by providing scientific expertise on alternative methods to solve problems.
  • Lab operations and installation of equipment's as per new requirements and techniques.
  • Finalization and execution of internal control plan for equipment's.
  • Research study of physico chemical parameters for new products.
  • Hygiene & pathogen monitoring and control for pilot plant & development kitchen.
  • Integrated pest management(IPM) system: coordinate with IPM contractor to establish IPM process for facility, review IPM report & trends.
  • NIMS(Nestle Integrated Management system) implementation. To efficiently plan & utilize CAPEX/OPEX budget for smooth lab operations.
  • Monitoring, recording & maintenance of environment conditions of Lab to meet requirements of testing conducted in Lab.
  • Member of DMAIC committee and executed 2 successful DMAICS-Related to Safety and Cost savings.
  • SHE Coordinator for the laboratory, ensuring Zero safety related incidence and holding awareness sessions related to safety principles to laboratory and factory staff.
  • Conduct periodic review of Lab equipment/processes to ensure operational fitness in accordance with company and ISO/IEC requirements.
  • Conduct capability study for testing equipment's & Lab processes.
  • Schedule & perform calibration/routine maintenance of Lab equipment's.
  • Evaluation of new technologies & techniques to improve laboratory processes & performances.
  • Ensure compliance to quality, food safety requirements when conducting analytical work and disposing waste(samples, reagents etc.) to minimize any risk identified.
  • Planning, execution, documentation, and presentation of analytical results in compliance to company policies.
  • Executed and evaluated the profile of contaminants and highly complex parameters during Maggi crises.
  • Comparison of Physicochemical methods-DGHS v/s Nestle. 
  • Development and validation of NMR based method for fast determinations of Fat and moisture.
  • Core member of Shelf life evaluation and assessment of Rebuilding Maggi project. 
  • Risk assessment and Hazard analytical and development of control point of pilot plant. 

Lab Analyst

Sep 2012 - Aug 2013
Nestlé India Ltd.

  • Routine analysis of Fatty Acids, Cholesterol and Ethylene Oxide.
  • Representing in p-tests, internal & external audits as per ISO 17025.
  • Up keeping of lab-sustaining 5S, GLP, lab documentation as per QMS Calibration, maintenance, troubleshooting the instruments.
  • Ensure documentation as per NABL requirements.



M. Sc. Biotechnology

May 2010 - Jul 2012
Jaipur National University


      Dr. S. P. Singh                                                                Hardeep Singh Kala                          

      Scientist                                                                           Plant Manager

      NSW Department of Primary Industries                     Hector Beverages Pvt. Ltd.

      New South Wales, Australia                                          Manesar, Gurgaon, India

      E-mail: sukhvinder.pal.singh@gmail.com                   E-mail: hardeep@hectorbeverages.com