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Food Scientist III-R&D - Fond du Lac, WI

Grande Cheese Sales and Marketing LLC






Grande Cheese Company is a family owned enterprise built on a tradition quality and outstanding performance. We are dedicated to our cultural pride professional excellence and to the dignity and respect of our Associates. We are searching for a Food Scientist in R&D. This person will lead planning organization and execution of scientific research projects in support of new products within the Custom Ingredients Group. The scope includes prototype development university research support technical service support to facilities and product testing and documentation.

1. Research Project Design and Development

  • Initiates leads and designs scientific research and development projects in collaboration with a larger research team.
  • Develop and/or refine research projects to accomplish strategic organizational product service and/or ideological goals and objectives.
  • Investigates the feasibility of applying a variety of scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions and products.
  • Participate and contribute to group “ideation” sessions with other researchers to solve technical issues or with other departments to generate new product and/or process ideas.
  • Collaborate to determine technical targets and develop assessment of potential success.
  • Contributes to scientific literature and conference by utilizing the company library university libraries or private literature search services to identify acquire study understand and report on published research articles books or other informational materials pertinent to strategic organizational company research objectives
  • Projects require extensive knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories in area of food science.
  • Contributes to the development of principles and concepts new to the organization.
  • Responsibility for assets and quality and related projects that are critical to corporate strategies and image.
  • Moderate responsibility for product quality customer relations and equipment
  • Internal contact with other departments on controversial technical and quality issues; some external contact on R&D support and routine quality issues requiring coordination across organizational lines.

2. Experiment or Trial Planning and Execution

  • Implements and executes scientific research and development projects in collaboration with a larger research team.
  • Utilize scientific methods to evaluate hypotheses execute experiments/trials and generate accurate data.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding pertinent to organizational research interests either independently or in collaboration with all levels of Associates and external customers or vendors as required.
  • Coordinate interdepartmental activities and research efforts.
  • Complete test/experiment preparations including experimental plan design raw material acquisition equipment and personnel scheduling data collection and analytical spreadsheet design contingency planning etc.
  • Conduct participate in and/or supervise the execution of experiments or trials including equipment set up/cleanup experimental plan execution and data gathering and compilation.
  • Collaborate with Pilot Plant Technicians to set-up run and evaluate pilot plant trials to accomplish established trial objectives.
  • Lead the commercial plant trial process by providing all participating plant associates with information on all trial details and direction on all trial procedures.

3. Research Evaluation Analysis and Application

  • Conduct a critical evaluation and analysis of all assigned new product and process research projects.
  • Conduct testing as required based on experimental goals e.g. molecular physical functional and sensory evaluation.
  • Utilize mathematical and statistical methods to gain new insights or achieve “breakthrough discoveries” that advance organizational research goals and interests.
  • Search for new commercial research applications and create opportunities to build sustainable competitive advantage
  • Analyze the potential for commercial application and financial benefit to the organization in collaboration with other departments.
  • Compile and communicate research data summaries reports and papers to accurately document research work and activity.

4. Scientific Leadership and Strategy Development

  • Supports key departmental initiatives for Custom Ingredients Group including technical service to production facilities.
  • Actively develops research ideas and recommendations.
  • Uses professional concepts and procedures to solve a wide range of difficult scientific problems.
  • Demonstrates acute technical proficiency scientific creativity and leadership with independent thought.

The above list reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle and essential functions of the position and shall not be construed as the only duties that maybe assigned.




  • Active participation in outside scientific industry organizations.
  • • Bachelor’s degree and five (5) or more years of experience in dairy products and/or food industry research and development; or • Master’s degree and three (3) or more years of experience in dairy products and/or food industry research and development; or • PhD with experience in dairy products and/or food industry research and development preferred.



  • Bachelors Degree or better in Food Science


  • PhD or better
  • Masters Degree or better


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