Nature’s Variety is a rapidly growing, privately owned marketer and
manufacturer of natural and holistic pet foods for dogs and cats. The
company’s products are sold in over 10,000 retail locations across North
America, including Petco and PetSmart, and over twenty countries
internationally. Nature’s Variety’s primary brands are Instinct® and
Prairie®. Nature’s Variety products include: raw frozen and freeze dried
raw diets, kibble and canned products, as well as treats. The
company’s headquarters are in St. Louis, MO, while its primary
manufacturing and distribution operations are located in Lincoln, NE.
Nature’s Variety’s company Purpose is to Empower people to transform
the lives of pets. We are committed to hiring and developing
a team of passionate, performance oriented professionals who love to win
and make a positive difference.
function is to lead the development, communication, and implementation of
product or process refinements to achieve improved quality, performance,
and food safety. Will work in a variety of process (fresh meat,
freeze drying, extrusion, canning, baking and roasting) and business
environments (lab, suppliers, academic institutions) to provide leadership
in designing, analyzing, and implementing food safety, quality, and process
improvement programs. Independently identify new cutting edge
approaches to manufacturing and quality that support our food safety and
quality business objectives. Support business strategies and
commercialization process from a quality and food safety perspective
champion, and manage implementation of quality and food safety improvements
impacting NV product lines.
risk analysis and the development of action plans and programs to
continually reduce NV risk profile.
implement and manage programs, databases, and/or policies to track quality
performance to aid in identification and implementation of continuous
with quality and operations to conduct on-going gap analysis of quality
performance and work with applicable operational groups to eliminate
with R&D in testing impact of new processes and ingredients on existing
product lines to validate efficacy and consistency.
and/or participate in multi-functional teams of internal and external
partners in driving innovations identified as NV priorities.
NV Continuous Improvement through identification of opportunities, research
on proposed ideas and participation on implementation teams.
with sales and marketing to develop and implement effective tools to
introduce impactful technologies to NV field sales and customers.
effective change leadership in the implementation of new processes or
and analyze statistical data to determine present standards and establish
proposed quality and reliability expectations of finished goods.
Evaluate and act on testing data.
to Quality and Food Safety
to work independently on complex projects to execute priorities in a timely
professional and executional orientation
organizational skills (ability to manage multiple projects)
to provide directions and consultation to NV team members and business
partners in a professional and collaborative manner.
and Technical Expertise:
to understand the application and commercialization of applied research
versus basic research. Understanding of technologies used within a
manufacturing environment; not research for the sake of research.
and facilitate team meetings.
written and verbal communication skills; function as an influencer.
computer experience including knowledge of Microsoft Office, statistics,
and data analysis.
to work with associates at all levels, both internally and externally.
ability to analyze and resolve problems, handle multiple and sometime
broad food manufacturing processes, knowledge of pet food desirable.
to design and execute experiments utilizing solid design knowledge.
in food science, animal science, veterinary, or other biological science;
Masters or PhD desirable.
six years’ experience in development, coordination, and implementation of
research programs into functional manufacturing processes.
in the food industry plant environment with an understanding of
understanding of microbiology and food chemistry as applied to
Primarily local, about 25% overnight.
Compensation: Competitive compensation
package includes health & dental insurance, life & AD&D
insurance, flexible spending accounts, paid vacation and sick days, short
and long term disability, Purpose days off for company partner volunteer
opportunities, and 401k with company match.