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Product Development Scientist (Job Number:CHI02012) - Chicago, IL


About Wrigley

Wrigley is a recognized leader in confections with a wide range of product offerings including gum, mints, hard and chewy candies, and lollipops. Wrigley’s world-famous brands – including Extra®, Orbit®, Doublemint®, and 5™ chewing gums, as well as confectionery brands Skittles®, Starburst®, Altoids® and Life Savers® – create simple pleasures for consumers every day. With operations in more than 40 countries and distribution in more than 180 countries, Wrigley’s brands bring smiles to faces around the globe. The company is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, employs approximately 17,000 associates globally, and operates as a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $30 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and approximately 70,000 Associates worldwide that are putting our Mars Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through our performance.

The incumbent will lead product development initiatives, including the design of new and modification of existing Wrigley gum products for a global brand. He/she will need to effectively translate consumer insights and design briefs into product options, scale-up, troubleshoot, and document critical specifications while identifying opportunities for competitive advantage and intellectual property.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

·         Conduct research and development of new and existing formulations; translating relevant consumer insights into design attributes. Communicate development plans, timing, experimental research results and recommendations to NPD Management, Product and Marketing

·         Investigate properties of ingredients, including their interaction and effects on final product performance

·         Coordinate and execute effective scale-up strategy with cross-functional partners within R&D, Quality and Operations

·         Provide technical assistance to factory personnel as needed for successful scale-up and launch, working with outside consultants, suppliers and testing laboratories as needed

·         Help coordinate and direct task activities of staff Technicians and/or more junior Developer(s) assigned to same project

·         Effectively document research protocols and conclusions for peer understanding, while proactively managing Regulatory and Intellectual Property guidelines

·         Develop and maintain relationships with suppliers and keep abreast of any relevant technology innovations

·         Build upon project management and technical development skills through project experience, training and mentoring. Responsible for review of progress and development strategies with manager and subject matter experts


·         An advanced degree in Chemistry, Food Science, Chemical Engineering or related field; OR a Bachelor's degree with extensive & relevant experience is required

·         Minimum 3 years experience developing and launching products (global food company experience preferred)

·         Demonstrated leadership and team collaboration competencies

·         Strong project management and complex problem solving skills

·         Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

·         Self-directed, forward thinking and ability to make recommendations with limited information/data

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

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