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Food Scientist

Research & Development, Science | West Chester, OH, United States




AdvancePierre Foods, a leader in the food industry, is a rapidly growing company that values a talented, diverse and dedicated workforce. We have an opening for Food Scientist. Our rapid growth allows us to provide a wide array of developmental opportunities, and we reward associates who are results-oriented, live up to their commitments, and who can align their work activities with the goals of the organization.



This position is responsible to carry out the investigations, experimental design, formulation testing, decision making and commercialization of new product, product renovation and product maintenance projects. In collaboration with cross functional team and under the direction of R&D Manager, the R&D Scientist is responsible to manage project deliverables to contribute to achieving short and long term departmental and company objectives. This position will work closely with cross-functional partners in Marketing, Consumer Insights and Sales to carry out product design and development work leading to products that deliver on consumer and customer needs.   The position works collaboratively with manufacturing, Quality and Supply chain functions to assure products consistently deliver on product design.


Product Development

  • Direct the coordinated development of new products and improvements of current products to deliver on objectives of the annual business plans. Apply sound culinary and scientific techniques to design products with consumer/customer valued attributes.
  • Lead multiple development projects using detailed investigations, well thought out experimental design, sound scientific techniques and data based decision making.
  • Investigate for product and process challenges; provide creative solutions to solve challenges in development and commercialization.
  • Work with other departments (Manufacturing, Engineering, Maintenance, Quality and Purchasing) to determine equipment, materials and processes necessary to produce products to maximize capacity and optimize product quality and differentiation.
  • Insure accurate product information input to Cost Accounting to maintain the integrity of data entered into manufacturing management systems.
  • Assure technically sound sensory panels are conducted for product development, shelf-life studies, improving/maintaining present products and competitive testing.
  • Identify and complete technical study of ingredients, suppliers, co-packers relevant to meeting project objectives and meeting AdvancePierre standards.

 Productivity and Cost Management

  • Develop an understanding of standard product cost models and raw material impact to cost of goods. Design products to achieve targeted costing; netting defined margins and sales prices.
  • Complete cost savings projects. Work with Team to calculate total savings.
  • Provide support to Senior Team members to carry out detailed investigations to advise the Operations in regard to product formulation and yields.
  • Support management of departmental expenses by processing expenses according to company policies. 

 Innovation and Idea Generation

  • Keep current on new ingredients, processes and equipment through trade journals, professional meetings, food shows and meetings with technical representative.
  • In collaboration with Insights and Innovation work, contribute new product concepts for consideration.

 Government Relations

  • Know current USDA, FDA, FNS regulations as they relate to the food processing industry.
  • Establish knowledgeable contacts with expertise in USDA, FDA and FNS regulations. Develop products and processes with a defined HACCP program.

 Customer Understanding

  • Understand the needs of the customer and their specific market segments.
  • Participate in key customer product presentations.
  • Participate in interactions with Sales Associates and Customers to provide appropriate product information; network with sales and broker representatives to understand issues and opportunities.

 Technical Leadership

  • Conduct technical areas of study to develop technical expertise.
  • Contributor to developing data for presentations to senior leadership, customers and/or partners.
  • Participate in the development or updating of departmental policies, procedures and tools the improve efficiency of departmental work.
  • Participate in an environment of exploration and investigation; practice fact based decision making.

 Establish and Maintain Critical Business Relationships

  • Build supportive relationships with cross functional peers within the AdvancePierre Foods labeling, marketing, sales, manufacturing, strategic sourcing, insights and innovation, packaging engineering, engineering, finance and business support functions.  
  • Build partnerships with co-packers and ingredient suppliers.
  • Communicate frequently with industry contacts to stay abreast of technical and market developments.


  • Bachelorís degree required, advanced degree preferred, in Food Science, Meat Science or an equivalent science program and with 2 years of experience in research and development or 3-5 years in other technical areas of food processing.
  • Proven success working in a technical department.
  • Technical knowledge with good reasoning and sound judgment abilities.
  • Mature, enthusiastic, motivated team member.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills. Must be PC literate; able to support development of effective processes and systems to manage departmental objectives.
  • Excellent work ethic with proven ability to effectively balance multiple priorities.
  • Creative problem solving skills and an orientation towards innovation.
  • Ability to establish credibility with others.
  • Ability to recognize and support the organizations preferences and priorities.
  • Able to work in office, laboratory, manufacturing environments. Must be able to work flexible hours as needed based on production scheduling needs. Occasional lifting up to 50 lbs.

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