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Technical Applications Scientist/Sr. Scientist-15009024 - Minneapolis-Minnetonka, MN



 Nestlι Health Science (NHSc) is a company on a mission and on the move, motivated by the opportunity to forge a major therapeutic role for nutrition in the management of health and establish a new industry between food and pharmaceuticals. The two elements of the equation are simple; societies are ageing and age and lifestyle related diseases are spiraling. Needs are growing for safe, effective and cost-effective solutions. At the same time, scientific understanding of health, disease and the potential of nutrition – as an integral part of managing health and disease – is growing.

Nestlι Health Science, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Nestlι Group, was created in 2011 to be a leader in these developments and make things happen. We have over 3,000 employees around the world with a wide mix of capabilities – from bio-medical engineers to regulatory specialists, medical delegates (sales force) and health economic experts that reflect our dynamism and intent to create.

In this position you will be the Technical Lead on project teams to deliver on-time commercialization of Product/Process Innovation & Renovation (I&R) projects in coordination with internal/external functional groups. Contributes to and/or manages Nestle Product Development and Introduction (NPDI) projects, supports co-manufacturers and marketing teams on projects and initiatives related to product, process and technologies. Delivers ingredient / recipe / process knowledge to meet internal and external compliance requirements. This position will be filled at Scientist or Sr. Scientist level depending on experience and education.

Primary Responsibilities:
Execute innovation and renovation strategy for Consumer Care in the Market
• Implement/execute technical product development activities at co-manufacturing locations to achieve project goals and deadlines
• Collaborate as the technical lead internally and externally (marketing, technical and production, R&D, raw material suppliers, etc.) in a team environment to develop, industrialize, and launch new products, quality improvements, compliance, and productivity cost savings
• Be the technical expert to marketing during concept and briefing phase of projects
• Conduct pilot plant/ plant trials and first production runs. Responsibilities include drafting plant trial instructions, raw material qualification coordination and coordinating stability studies (including nutrient, flavor and physical stability)
• Participate in cross-functional project teams
• Lead market acceptance / product evaluation of first industrial productions (industrial trials / FOC / SOC)
• Work with Ingredient Specialists and MRM to establish QA specifications for new products and ingredients
• Help solve problems on-site if issues arise
• Organizeassist with new formsprocedures
• Ensure regulatory validation, technical trial, and first production follow-ups are completed

Continuous improvement / optimization of current products within co-manufacturing locations
• Act as technical lead / manage projects and initiatives related to products, processes, suppliers, etc. Includes cost reductions, optimization of manufacturing parameters, supplier development, specification optimization, GREAT, etc.
• Develop, approve, maintain, and sustain the product and process standards and specifications
• Partner with Procurement to ensure supply of raw materials by qualifying new vendors when necessary
• Explore opportunities to harmonize ingredient usage across co-manufacturers and business units

Support QA in developing responses and corrective action exercises to ingredient / process / package crisis related questions, with consideration of corporate policies and consumer needs

Continuous improvement of technical skills and personal development, while expanding internal and external networks
• Keep current in scientific discipline and grow expertise
• Establish and maintain good relationships with vendors, cross-functional partners, and co-manufacturers

Support co-manufacturers with technical assistance
• Serves as technical support to designated / assigned co-manufacturing sites, accountable for product, process and recipe maintenance adhering to all Nestle standards.
• Technical liaison between market's cross-functional team and co-manufacturers as well as R&D centers
• Other duties as required


 Experience and Education:
• BS degree in Food Science, Biological Sciences, Food Engineering, Chemical Engineering or other scientific discipline. Masters level an asset.
• Position requires approximately 25% travel, but there may be extended travel on key projects / startups.
• 5-7 years’ experience in development and manufacturing of food and nutrition products, food processing, aseptic, and thermal processing
• Factory experience, QA/QC, or R&D experience is a plus
• Proven track record in delivering results through others while maintaining aggressive timelines
o Ability to work in a fast paced and high performing environment with minimal direct supervision
o Exceptional organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects and assignments
o Must have strong communication skills: interpersonal, persuasion/ consensus building skills, presentation, oral and written communication
o Highly motivated, critical thinker, detail and goal oriented and easily adapts to change
• Good understanding of statistics, FDA regulations, and Good Manufacturing Practices
• Experience with specification systems is preferred (in particular, CAT, Devex, SAP-RM)
• Experience with Microsoft Office products is essential
• Understanding of project management and the product development process is required


 R&D/Scientific/Product Development

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 Nestle Health Science



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