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Associate Food Scientist

Minneapolis, MN

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Minneapolis, MN

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Research, Science


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Job Description


This individual will play a key role in the development and execution of corporate research, development, and innovation initiatives including new product innovation, product and process improvement, quality, and food safety.  This position will play a major role in helping the company achieve its aggressive growth objectives through appropriate uses of technology and innovation in new product development, packaging, quality control, and operations.  Key challenges include:


  • Driving innovation from internal and external sources to help fulfill the company’s strategic plan



  • Exploring alternative approaches to product development to deliver higher margin new product opportunities to market more quickly



  • Efforts around establishing new product pipeline



  • Identifying and researching potential new platform opportunities


  • Serve as a voice providing feedback and technical assistance as a member of the New Product Development (NPD) team


  • Manage individual projects as assigned


  • Collaboration with Operations, QA, and other R&D staff to schedule and execute plant trials


  • Sourcing and verification of raw ingredients and other materials


  • Provide necessary input for new product cost analysis


  • Hands on technical development and commercialization of new products in line with the NPD process


  • Log and maintain records of test formulas, procedures, and net outcomes


  • Perform sensory audits of existing products, product improvements, new products, or competitive samples.


  • Champion quality awareness. Maintain product quality across our product lines


  • Continuously improve product and processes for greater product quality and profitability


  • Document and maintain product and processing specifications


  • Document and maintain nutritional values/product labeling and regulatory requirements


  • Document and maintain food safety procedures


Job Requirements




  • Bachelor of Science degree in Meat Science, Food Science or related field


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills


  • Comfortable in a fast paced, changing environment


  • Must be able to communicate effectively with various manufacturing and marketing functional groups


  • Must be flexible and able to work well in a team environment


  • 1+ year in the meat processing industry preferred


  • Direct knowledge of food manufacturing regulations, standards and labeling, plant sanitation, microbiology and SPC preferred


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