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Food Scientist (15-120)
Clasen Quality Coatings, Inc. - Madison, WI




Clasen Quality Coatings, Inc. (CQC) is a world-class manufacturer of chocolate and confectionery coatings. CQC supports a professional, yet relaxed work environment where teamwork is the key to our success. Working for a privately-held company provides you with the opportunity to wear many different “hats,” make a difference every day, and have fun doing it! We are committed to being an Employer of Choice in Southern Wisconsin and offering our employees a variety of traditional and unconventional benefits.

We are currently accepting applications for a Food Scientist . This position will be based out of Corporate Office facility on the east side of Madison, WI, ranked the “Best Place to Live 2015” by The position requires 0-20% travel and reports to the Research and Development Manager.

JOB SUMMARY : The Food Scientist position owns the product development process from concept to commercialization. The Food Scientist works directly with sales and technical contacts at major food companies to formulate coatings, chocolate and fillings designed to meet the sensory and nutritional requirements of the project. Scientists also work closely with operations and internal cross functional teams to develop new innovative products and execute operational excellence.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Create formulations and bench top samples for internal and external customers – quickly, accurately, and within agreed time frame.
  • Hands on bench top work in the lab working with compound and chocolate coatings.
  • Lead formulation scale-up from bench-top to production.
  • Complete detailed documentation of all research projects.
  • Communicate directly with internal and external customers regarding projects, applications, specification, and manufacturing issues.
  • Procure technical documentation for new raw materials.
  • Develop technical specifications and process specifications.
  • Conduct research for quality improvements, cost optimization, process improvement and innovative ingredient and process technologies.
  • Assist with internal and external customer technical issues regarding ingredients, formulation, and manufacturing.
  • Attend, prepare and present technical presentations at Customer visits and support the Sales team.
  • Conduct plant trials at CQC facilities.
  • Assist and work on formulating and manufacturing coatings, chocolate, and fillings in a small scale lab environment.
  • Perform all tasks assigned by supervisor, while following all company, safety, and quality policies and procedures.
  • Travel to industry tradeshows, conferences, suppliers, customers, and/or CQC facilities.
  • Maintain regular attendance at work.



  • B.S. or M.S. in Food Science, Food Engineering or related field.
  • Minimum 2 years of product development experience in the food manufacturing industry
  • Experience with compound coatings, chocolate or confections is preferred.
  • Ability to provide superior customer service, where flexibility to meet customers’ needs is essential.
  • Demonstrated multi-tasking skills working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience working with cross functional teams.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel
  • Must have acceptable driving record and valid driver’s license


  • Project management skills
  • Strong communication skills – verbal and written
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Autonomy
  • Strong motivation to innovate
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Customer focused
  • Detail oriented
  • Problem solving and logical reasoning skills


  • Member of an innovative, technology-progressive team.
  • Medical, Dental, Vision and Disability Insurance
  • Paid Vacation, Personal, and Volunteer Days
  • 401(k) Employer Match
  • Bonus Potential
  • Free fruit, gym membership reimbursement, tuition reimbursement and more…

For more information or to apply, please go to our website at

CQC is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability, protected veteran status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO Poster

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