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
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- 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
- 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
- In collaboration with
Insights and Innovation work, contribute new product concepts for
- Support philosophy of
encouraging all members of the organization to participate in generating
new product ideas, continuous product and process improvement.
- 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.
- 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.
- Act as coach, mentor and
technical resource to Research & Development and cross-functional
- 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
- 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
Other duties as assigned.
- Minimum 5 years
- 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
- Food processing and
development: 5 years