JOB TITLE: Food
REPORTS TO: Director,
R & D
This position is responsible for evaluating technical
innovation ideas and concepts that can be used to drive product innovation,
improving and optimizing products, and delivering cost improvement for the
company. The incumbent will work closely with the R&D Director, R&D
leadership, and cross-functional teams (such as Procurement, Internal
factories and Co-manufacturers) to evaluate the technical feasibility of
ideas/concepts in the lab, pilot-plant, or factory prior to business
introduction. The Scientist will be expected to design experiments to
evaluate new ingredients, evaluate new processes, perform bench-top
development, execute factory trials, and work-closely with ingredient
vendors, academic institutions, other companies, and industry associations.
This position will work closely under the supervision
of the Director, Technology in support of developing and sustaining an idea
screening/evaluation process by which the company can get an optimal return
from the matching of technical innovation ideas and innovative new product
Scouts industry for new technologies related to ingredients
and processing that can be applied to new or existing product concepts
Screens these ideas for technical feasibility
Works with R&D Business team managers to align resources
to assist in scoping, feasibility and further development
Leads technical components of a technical innovation project
by coordinating activities of a cross functional team.
Works with internal ingredient team and external vendors to
select raw materials for a given product.
Presents iterative prototypes/concepts to business team
members, makes technical recomendations to meet
Develops specifications and testing protocol for new products
based on critical consumer and customer attributes.
Identifies and presents new and innovative technical solutions
and product ideas to the broader organization.
Supports cost savings initiatives through ingredient, product
& process optimization.
Provides technical support to Marketing & Sales as
Communicates the status of idea generation and implementation
to R&D and Company Leadership
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES :
an environment that encourages and teamwork and collaboration, both
internally and externally.
problem solving skills, viewing the problem as a whole and working with
others as needed to resolve it.
analytical and presentation skills
to appropriately manage outside 3rd party relationships for
mutual benefit and gain
to challenge the status quo and ignite change by actively sharing proven
ideas and technologies.
project and time management skills. Self-directed with minimal
is a self-starter and takes initiative with little direction
written, oral, and facilitation skills.
to evaluate and communicate project status, issues
or risk appropriately.
technical information in understandable terms to all levels of the
experience in multiple product categories, dry mix products including
baking and/or beverage is a plus.
background in ingredient application. Understanding of flours,
leavening, hydrocolloids and fats is desirable.
in product scale up and comfort in a manufacturing environment is critical.
thinker; understands the linkage of activities during commercialization and
principles of design for manufacturing.
of common consumer and market research. Ability to apply insights
throughout the development process.
in Microsoft Office and other computer applications to access information,
analyze data and solve problems.
working knowledge of statistics, experimental design and project
abundant intellectual curiosity balanced with business acumen would be a
current on industry trends, both technically and related to consumer need
and Social Competence
integrity and honesty, promoting trust in all actions
working relationships with internal/external counterparts: Manufacturing,
Quality, Marketing, Supply Chain, Vendors.
working in a results-oriented, customer focused, team environment.
to turn around projects at a fast pace.
work independently after receiving instructions as well as sharing project
tasks in a team setting.
with ability to handle changing timelines and priorities.
and change-oriented, willing to constructively challenge the status quo.
– standing, bending, and lifting of product (up to 50 lbs)
and ability to travel up to 20%
for Win/Win in working relationships, particularly with outside parties.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
or M.S in Food Science or related field. Experience working on cereals,
baking, and/or beverage experience would be a plus
-10 years progressive product development experience. Previous work
in a Consumer Products environment is required.
knowledge of Stage Gate commercialization process is desirable.
The policy of Continental
Mills, Inc. is to hire, train, and promote all persons in all job groups in
accordance with law, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age,
marital status, presence of sensory, mental or physical disability, Vietnam
veteran, or national origin.