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Food Scientist
Golden Valley Natural - Shelley, ID



About the Job
Golden Valley Natural is a family owned business located in Idaho Falls, Idaho and has been hand crafting quality meat snacks since 1968. A leader in the All-Natural and Organic industry, GVN produces beef, buffalo and turkey jerky selling to store groups both foreign and domestic.

We are looking for a Food Scientist
Reporting to the CEO; 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, the Food Scientist is responsible to manage project deliverables of multiple complex projects to contribute to achieving short and long term departmental and company objectives. This position will work closely with cross-functional partners in Marketing, 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

  • Working with a high level of independence, the incumbent will manage multiple complex product and process development projects and programs.
  • Take ownership in problem identification and resolution to facilitate new or improved product, product upgrades, new or improved processes and cost savings.
  • Responsible to assure all projects are completed according to established departmental processes and priorities.
  • Assure that product design fully incorporates consumer insights and customer needs.
  • Support department management to prioritize work to maximize results.
  • Assure new and renovated products are integrated into production systems to assure long term, commercially successful products are launched into the marketplace.
  • Coordinate development of product features and benefits, preparation instructions, nutritional values, product claims, storage, shipping and handling information with marketing organization to assure full regulatory compliance and successful communication with sales team and customers.

Productivity and Cost Management

  • Working closely with Operations, define capital equipment needs to commercialize new products and justify expenditures against product potential.
  • Investigate and recommend cost savings opportunities in factories and management processes.
  • Understand and relate how product cost variances affect key financial indicators.
  • Manage requisition and payment process for departmental expenses.

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.
  • Support philosophy of encouraging all members of the organization to participate in generating new product ideas, continuous product and process improvement.

Government Relations

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

Customer Understanding

  • Understand the needs of the customer and their specific market segments.
  • Coordinate and 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

  • Act as coach, mentor and technical resource to Research & Development and cross-functional staff members.
  • High-level contributor to developing data and making presentations to senior leadership, customers and/or owners.
  • Take leadership role in development or updating of departmental policies, procedures and tools the improve efficiency of departmental work.
  • Participate in an environment of exploration and investigation

Establish and Maintain Critical Business Relationships

  • Build supportive relationships with cross functional peers within the Golden Valley Natural 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.

Other duties as assigned.

  • Minimum 5 years experience.
  • Bachelorís degree required, advanced degree preferred, in Food Science, Meat Science, or an equivalent science program and at least seven years of progressive responsibility in technical areas of food processing.
  • Proven success in development and commercialization of meat products.
  • 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.
  • Profit oriented.
  • 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.

Job Type: Full-time

Required experience:

  • Food processing and development: 5 years

Required education:

  • Bachelor's


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