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R & D Food Scientist
The Safeway Group - Vineland, NJ




General Job Description-
Assists in culinary-driven product development from ideation through full commercialization. This includes formulation and hands on sample assembly.

Has responsibility for the commercialization of new formulations for scale up in full production. This includes documenting ingredient specifications, nutra facts data, analytical information, drafting final formulas and writing batching procedures.

Has responsibility over the maintenance of all existing formulations. This includes documenting changes over the life cycle of all products.

Primary Responsibilities-
Has direct responsibility for the generation of preliminary nutra-facts panels and order of ingredients using Genesis Software for all new product development.

Has direct responsibility of the maintenance of all formulas in Genesis. This includes organizing, updating and maintaining the data bank of ingredients and formulas. This also includes documenting changes over the life cycle of all products.

Initiates and oversees the evaluation of shelf life studies of all fresh foods. Maintains all documentation and communication of results with Sales and Marketing and Quality Control.

Maintains cross functional communication with all team members and acts as a resource to Sales and Marketing, Quality, Purchasing and Production on an as needed basis.

Additional Responsibilities-
Assist in the sourcing of new packaging supplies as part of specific programs and new product development efforts

Compare and document the potential impact on products and labels of any supplier or ingredient changes. Prepare a review of recommendations for the team and a final sign off for any specification changes

Collaborate on the approval of all first production runs of all new items. Prepare a review and sign off with any recommendations.

Develop and document the handling instructions and cooking procedures for any new products that require it. For example- Microwave, Merry Chef, or re-thermalizer cooking procedure

Key Qualifications-
A bachelor’s degree in food science or culinary science from an accredited institution is required. Strong computer, interpersonal and communication skills. A minimum of 4 years’ experience in an R & D roll with a food manufacturing company. Strong understanding of nutra facts panels and expertise with all aspects of nutritional profiling software specifically, Genesis. A proven track record in the commercialization of new products with preferred experience around the processing of fresh produce and kettle cooked soups and sauces with frozen, refrigerated or ambient storage.

Job Type: Full-time

Job Location:

  • Vineland, NJ

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

Required experience:

  • Genesis Software: 4 years
  • Research & Development roll with a food manufacturing company: 4 years


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