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R&D Food Scientist - Louisville, KY


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Provide technical expertise to customers and the Paradise R&D Department that support the sales and marketing efforts of the company.  Identify and pursue opportunities to improve existing products through formulation and/or procedures/processes.  



·     Develop prototypes and recipes within a defined set of requirements based on a concept or project.

·     Formulates blends and flavors to match ingredient statements, nutritional profile, and sensory attributes of existing target products.

·     Develop sensory experiments and report the findings to management.

·     Identifies areas of cost optimization through better raw material procurement, ingredient substitutions, or processing efficiencies.

·     Searches for new ingredients and technologies for effective development.

·     Looks for new project opportunities with regard to innovation, cost reduction, improving consumer acceptance and improving quality.

·     Work with existing suppliers to utilize their capabilities for developing trends in flavors.  Will utilize the suppliers’ staff for joint presentations to targeted customer projects.

·     Identify production methods that continue to contribute sustainable competitive advantages in the marketplace relative to the competition.

·     Assist the R&D department with product presentations in-house and off-site as requested by sales and marketing.

·     Accurately identify project requirements applying the right production capability, ingredients, and design to match customer needs and product specifications.

·     Analyze and modify recipes involving liquid-to-solid ratios, scale-up, yields, ingredient hydration, time/temperature concerns, viscosity, and ingredient degradation issues.

Required Skills

·     5-10 years experience in product development of liquid condiments, marinades, and tomato based sauces.

Knowledge/ Skills/Abilities

·     Must have excellent collaboration skills and be able to excel working in a team environment.

·     Sensory evaluation experience and skills

·     Exposure to a wide variety of equipment, kitchen set-up, cooking techniques and operator execution; or in-depth knowledge of key applicable equipment or processes.

·     Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, and ingredient spec sheets

·     Ability to recognize, analyze, develop solutions and initiate problem solving actions

·     Ability to do complex math using percentages, ratios, etc.

·     Ability to communicate and interact effectively with various sales, marketing, and technical services personnel.

·     Computer and software skills

Required Experience


Education and/or Experience

·     Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science. 



·     Ability to stand at bench routinely for hours at a time.

·     Lift up to 50 lbs.

·     Capable of hand mixing thick products as required.

Job Location

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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