Scientist-Protein (Culinary Focus) - Portland, ME
Research & Development, Science | Portland, ME,
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-Protein (Culinary
Focus). 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 the organization.
GREAT BENEFITS! (Medical,
Dental, 401K Match) COMPETITIVE SALARY!
GENERAL JOB SUMMARY
This position is responsible to manage the
investigations, experimental design, formulation testing, decision making,
and commercialization of multiple new products and current product
optimization projects. The incumbent will work under the leadership
of a Group Manager. Capable of gathering input from internal and
external sources to solve issues.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Develop new products and
improvements of current products to deliver on objectives of the
annual business plans.
- Apply sound culinary
techniques to design products with consumer/customer valued
- Stay abreast of culinary
trends and be prepared to recommend/test/validate new flavors and
- Demonstrated ability to
translate culinary concepts into manufacturing-friendly products.
- Understand sensory and
consumer insights testing and when to use it.
- Lead multiple complex
development projects using detailed investigations, well thought out
experimental design, sound scientific techniques and data based decision
- Investigate the impact of
product and process challenges.
- Work with other departments
(Manufacturing, Engineering, Maintenance, Quality and Purchasing) to
determine equipment, materials and processes necessary to produce
products to maximize capacity and optimize product quality and
- Insure accurate product
information input to Cost Accounting to maintain the integrity of data
entered into manufacturing management systems.
- Assure technically sound
sensory panels are conducted for product development, shelf-life
studies, improving/maintaining present products and competitive
- Identify and complete
technical study of ingredients, suppliers, co-packers relevant to
meeting project objectives and meeting AdvancePierre
- Fully utilize the PLM system
for material and formula specifications.
Productivity and Cost Management
- Understand standard product
cost models and raw material markets.
- Stimulate and coordinate cost
savings projects. Calculate total savings.
- Carry out detailed
investigations to advise the Productivity teams in areas of product
formulation and yields.
- Identify and use different
methods of creative idea generation by staff for new product concepts
or product improvements.
Target Market and Customer Understanding
- Support sales and marketing
organization in idea generation, product usage opportunities.
- Be knowledgeable on current
market trends through participation in food shows, sales meeting,
technical presentations, reviewing periodicals, and partnerships with
- Understand the needs of the
customer in the target market segments. Coordinate and
participate in product presentations.
Technical Expertise and Idea Generation
- Maintain current technical
knowledge in regulations, new ingredients, processes, and equipment
through trade journals professional meetings, food shows and technical
- Know the competitive products
in the marketplace.
- Recommend and advocate new
product concepts which should be taken to next level of development.
- Evaluate relevant competitive
products to determine market opportunities for new products and
application recommendations for current products.
- Maintain a working knowledge
of current USDA, FDA, FNS, and Canadian and Mexican regulations (as
applicable to assignments) as they relate to the food processing
industry. Establish knowledgeable contacts with expertise in
- Provide information for label
development and possess the knowledge to review labels for accuracy of
- Know how SQF and HACCP
programs affect new products.
- Provide raw material
information and formula to AdvancePierre
regulatory leaders to create the nutritional analysis, product
analysis, and nutritional facts panels.
- Know commodity reprocessing
regulations and how to enter information for End Product Data
Schedules as required for school feeding programs.
Relationships with Internal and
- Understand the capabilities
of co-packers and plants within the company. Help select
co-packers with new capabilities meeting AdvancePierre
Supplier requirements. Build relationships with resources within
the co-packer organization and keep current with needs and
capabilities. Oversee the negotiation of time schedules, product
components, and costs with co-packers.
- Participate in sales meetings
to educate sales personnel on technical issues and the New Product
- Coordinate with Manufacturing
and Accounting the implementation of products in the process
development program. Participate in the setting of standards of
new yields and throughputs.
- Communicate frequently with
resource people related to the industry.
Contribute to Department and Company Strategies,
Objectives and Systems
- Contribute to the development
of departmental objectives, standard operating procedures and
- Coordinate and implement the
training of the product development staff. Act as a mentor for
staff members with less experience.
- Coordinate and lead the staff
in the completion of support functions of the department such as
facilities management, equipment maintenance, coordinating meetings,
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Technical knowledge and good
- Mature, enthusiastic,
- Effective written and oral
- Excellent PC skills with high
level functional understanding of Word, Excel, Project, ROSS, and PLM
- Good organization skills with
the ability to plan projects/activities with a high energy level.
- Creative problem solving
skills, sound judgment, and an orientation towards innovation.
- Profit oriented
- Ability to establish
credibility with others, as well as be decisive.
- Ability to recognize and
support the organizationís preferences and priorities.
- B.S. or M.S. degree in Food
Science/Food Technology/Animal Science or related area with at least 3
to 5 years experience in the meat or food
- Culinary certificate or
Research Chef Certification preferred.
- Proven success as Development
Technologist with experience in multiple product categories.
- Any equivalent combination of
experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills,
If you are interested in this great opportunity with
a competitive salary, please apply now!