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Food Scientist
Mercer Foods - Modesto, CA

Job Title: Food Scientist

Department: Research and Development

Reports to: VP

Schedule: As needed (Mon Fri traditional days typical)

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Applies scientific and engineering principles in research, development, production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and utilization of food. Relies on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

Leads technical components of a 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 recommendations to meet project objectives.

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 required.

Provides troubleshooting support at the plant level as need arises.

Is responsible for customer interaction and project management from scale up to commercialization.

Is responsible for all other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibility: Yes

Education, prior work experience and specialized skills and knowledge : B.S. or M.S in Food Science or related field.
3+ years progressive product development experience. Previous work in a Consumer Products environment is required.

Physical environment/working conditions: The position is a manufacturing setting and could involve sitting, standing, walking and lifting for long periods of time throughout the day. Unrestricted visual and audio abilities are required for the safety of all employees. The ability to lift up to 40 lbs is required.

Equipment and Machinery used: Traditional office equipment as well all machines required for the production, packaging, and distribution of freeze dried product.

Other (e.g., customer contact or access to confidential information): Must be able to work as part of a team, in extreme temperatures, and various shifts.

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