Food Scientist -
Development, Science | Caseyville, IL, United States
AdvancePierre Foods, a leader in the food industry, is
a rapidly growing company that values a talented, diverse and dedicated
workforce. We have an opening for Food Scientist-Sandwiches.
Our rapid growth allows us to provide a wide array of developmental
opportunities, and we reward associates who are results-oriented, live up to
their commitments, and who can align their work activities with the goals of
GREAT BENEFITS! (Medical, Dental, 401K Match)
GENERAL JOB SUMMARY
position is responsible to carry out the investigations, experimental design,
formulation testing, decision making and commercialization of new product,
product renovation and product maintenance projects. In collaboration with
cross functional team and working independently under the leadership of
R&D Manager, the R&D Senior Scientist is responsible to manage
project deliverables of multiple complex projects to contribute to achieving
short and long term departmental and company objectives. This position will
work closely with cross-functional partners in Marketing, Consumer Insights
and Sales to carry out product design and development work leading to
products that deliver on consumer and customer needs. The
position works collaboratively with manufacturing, Quality and Supply chain
functions to assure products consistently deliver on product design.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Working with a high level of
independence, the incumbent will manage multiple complex product and
process development projects and programs.
- Take ownership in problem
identification and resolution to facilitate new or improved product,
product upgrades, new or improved processes and cost savings.
- Responsible to assure all
projects are completed according to established departmental processes
- Assure that product design
fully incorporates consumer insights and customer need.
- Support department management
to prioritize work to maximize results.
- Assure new and renovated
products are integrated into production systems to assure long term,
commercially successful products are launched into the marketplace.
- Coordinate development of
product features and benefits, preparation instructions, nutritional
values, product clarims, storage, shipping and
handling information with marketing organization to assure full
regulatory compliance and successful communication with sales team and
Productivity and Cost Management
- With a detailed understanding
of standard production cost models; designing products to achieve
targeted pricing and margins.
- Working closely with
Engineering and Operations, define capital equipment needs to
commercialize New to APF products and justify expenditures against
- Investigate and recommend cost
savings opportunities in factories and management processes.
- Understand and relate how
product cost variances affect key financial indicators.
- Manage requisition and payment
process for departmental expenses.
Innovation and Idea Generation
- Keep current on new
ingredients, processes and equipment through trade journals,
professional meetings, food shows and meetings with technical
- In collaboration with Insights
and Innovation work, contribute new product concepts for consideration.
- Support philosophy of
encouraging all members of the organization to participate in generating
new product ideas, continuous product and process improvement.
- Know current USDA, FDA, FNS
regulations as they relate to the food processing industry.
- Establish knowledgeable
contacts with expertise in USDA, FDA and FNS regulations. Develop
products and processes with a defined HACCP program.
- Understand the needs of the
customer and their specific market segments.
- Coordinate and participate in
key customer product presentations.
- Participate in interactions
with Sales Associates and Customers to provide appropriate product
information; network with sales and broker representatives to understand
issues and opportunities.
- Act as coach, mentor and
technical resource to Research & Development and cross functional
- Serve as technical resource to
organization in at least one complex critical area of focus.
- High level contributor to
developing data and making presentations to senior leadership, customers
- Take leadership role in
development or updating of departmental policies, procedures and tools
the improve efficiency of departmental work.
- Participate in an environment
of exploration and investigation; practice fact based decision making.
Establish and Maintain Critical Business
- Build supportive relationships
with cross functional peers within the AdvancePierre
Foods labeling, marketing, sales, manufacturing, strategic sourcing,
insights and innovation, packaging engineering, engineering, finance and business support functions.
- Build partnerships with
co-packers and ingredient suppliers.
- Communicate frequently with
industry contacts to stay abreast of technical and market developments.
- Minimum 5 years
- Bachelorís degree required,
advanced degree preferred, in Food Science, Meat Science, Bakery Science
or an equivalent science program and at least seven years of progressive
responsibility in technical areas of food processing.
- Proven success in development
and commercialization of frozen and/or refrigerated meat products.
- Technical knowledge with good
reasoning and sound judgment abilities.
- Mature, enthusiastic, motivated
- Effective written and oral
communication skills. Must be PC literate; able to support development
of effective processes and systems to manage departmental objectives.
- Excellent work ethic with
proven ability to effectively balance multiple priorities.
- Creative problem solving skills
and an orientation towards innovation.
- Profit oriented.
- Ability to establish
credibility with others.
- Ability to recognize and
support the organizations preferences and priorities.
- Able to work in office,
laboratory, manufacturing environments. Must be able to work flexible
hours as needed based on production scheduling needs. Occasional lifting
up to 50 lbs.
If you are interested in this great opportunity with a
competitive salary, please APPLY now!