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Product Development Scientist - Food
OPUS International, Inc. (Recruiter) - Philadelphia, PA




Our client develops and manufactures high quality, innovative fruit preparations for the international milk, bakery and confectionery industries. Their success is based on expertise and innovation. They have a new opportunity for a Product Development Scientist - Food at their location in the Northeast.

General Purpose: Responsible for developing new products and technologies as deemed strategically significant by Product Development Manager and Sales, ultimately leading to the growth and maintenance of the business. The close interaction with Sales and customer allows for the effective management of projects. Position utilizes personal and internal technical expertise as well as vendor technical resources to develop products that will support customer growth.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Maintain development laboratories in organized manner for efficient activities.
2. Develop new (or modify existing) products that meet customer performance and cost objectives.
3. Provide technical expertise and guidance to customers and internal departments.
4. Complete assigned projects within designated time frame and designated priority. Notify R&D Management and Sales & Marketing of any expected delays.
5. Supervise and train temporary staffing or summer interns as requested.
6. Design and conduct experiments, evaluate new raw materials, examine competitive products, develop new technologies, etc. to grow business or maintain/enhance product quality and/or position in industry. Identify opportunities for development of novel products and technologies.
7. Prepare information using designated systems to provide all required documentation for products (e.g. formulations, specifications, nutritional information, product data sheets, certifications, labels, costing, etc.).
8. Transfer of formulas and technology to Operations by participation in new product scale-up activities. Provide technical support to Operations for optimization of new and existing products.
9. Keep supervisor and management informed of critical activities through issuance of clear, informative communications including memos, meeting minutes, e-mail messages, etc. Write concise, professional reports upon completion of major projects to summarize and explain results.
10. Use designated procedures and systems required for efficient operation of R&D laboratory, including enhancement of documentation systems, as requested.
11. Support and adhere to all Company health, safety and HR policies and procedures.
12. Contribute to the image of the Company through publications, formal presentations, presence at industry functions, customers, etc. as requested.
13. Provide leadership for entry into new market segments, as well as offer improvements to formulas/processes for existing product lines.
14. Perform other duties as assigned by R&D Manager.

Inside Company - All departments with emphasis on Sales/Marketing, Operations, Quality.
Outside Company - Customers, suppliers, consultants, laboratory services, etc.

Supervision Exercised - Product Development Technicians and temporary support staff, as requested.
Scope of Position - Product and technical expertise required to support maintenance and growth of Company. Provide supervision to technician and temporary support staff as requested.

Minimum Job Requirements:
Good leadership and project management skills.
Ability to work in a team environment.
Strong familiarity with functional ingredients, product formulations, thermal processes and production scale equipment.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Excellent organizational skills.
Computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SAP and various databases/systems.
Ability to work with customers' technical staff and internal parties.
Requires the ability to deal with internal/external customers in a courteous manner.

Requires domestic travel to support business development programs.

Experience, Knowledge and Education:
BS degree in Food Science or related discipline.
Minimum 3-5 years' product development experience in related product areas; flavor expertise in product formulation, process scale-up, food regulations, use of functional ingredients such as stabilizers, starches, colors, and fruit in formulations.
MS degree and having worked in the flavor industry is preferred.

All applicants for this position must be authorized to work in the United States now and in the future without requiring sponsorship.

For additional information, please contact Susan Canarick, (954) 428-3888

Required experience:

  • Food product development: 3 years

Required education:

  • Bachelor's


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