by Elwood Richard in 1968, NOW Foods has grown from a small, family
operation to a highly-respected manufacturer of natural health products.
Today, NOW Foods manufactures and distributes over 1,400 dietary
supplements, natural foods, sports nutrition, and personal care products.
NOW’s state of the art manufacturing facilities are
GMP-certified, and our quality testing labs are among the best in the
industry. The company has over 1,500 employees and its products are
sold in more than 60 countries. The company remains family-owned and
committed to its original mission: to provide value in products and services
that empower people to lead healthier lives.
offers a competitive compensation structure and a comprehensive benefit
package which includes medical, dental and vision plans from tier one companies,
Paid Time Off, 401k match up to $6,500 per year, educational assistance and
company-paid disability and life insurance. NOW employees also enjoy
a wide array of unique benefits such as company-paid profit sharing,
quarterly bonuses, employee discount, wellness program, company-paid
Teladoc and Rx’nGo, and much more! Many of
our benefits are 100% paid by NOW – this is why
NOW Foods has been awarded as one of the “101 Best & Brightest
Companies to Work for” in Chicago TEN years in a row, and on the
National Level FOUR years in a row!
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Participates in all
functions of research and development including, but not limited to,
formulation development, raw material evaluation, technical
troubleshooting, packaging testing, and employee training to meet company
standards for product quality, production efficiency, and profitability by
performing these duties in a timely manner. This position works in all
areas of NOW’s manufacturing facilities with direct exposure to ingredients
(powders and liquids), mixes (powders and liquids), equipment, and
AND RESPONSIBILITIES include
the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Researches and develops working
product formulations for all forms sold by NOW Health Group including
tablets, capsules, liquids, personal care, powders, and foods
according to NOW manufacturing capabilities. Product formulation
requirements include new, existing, and products needing improvement
with work being performed in Pilot Plant, Food Lab, Personal Care Lab,
Culinary Innovation Center, Processing, and Packaging areas.
- Supports manufacturing by
providing technical troubleshooting in all situations where corrective
action is required to increase efficiencies, rectifies production
deviations, resolves quality problems, and works out production difficulties.
Supporting manufacturing includes working hands on in processing
rooms, packaging lines and direct contact with raw materials,
equipment, and packaging.
- Works directly with Purchasing,
Quality Assurance, and Quality Control by evaluating new ingredients,
ingredients out of specification, and alternate vendor ingredients to
ensure materials will run on manufacturing equipment.
- Evaluates, tests, and approves
new and/or alternate vendor packaging components to minimize or
eliminate potential problems with manufacturing, distribution, product
integrity, product quality, and assigned shelf life. E valuation of
new and/or alternate vendor packaging components is limited to
relation of packaging components and physical properties of material
which is going to be packed.
- Organizes resources in
completing projects based on the priorities of meeting profitability
objectives, company deadlines, operating budget responsibilities, and
research and development departmental goals.
- Obtains information related to
research and development including raw material characteristics,
processing techniques, environmental conditions, packaging
requirements and production efficiencies to be used for Bill of
Material entries and specifications.
- Inputs information into Oracle
in the form of bill of materials, specifications, and manufacturing
- Participates in New Product
Development and Products Needing Improvement committees as needed to
communicate project updates and discuss technical information.
- Identifies and documents
critical parameters pertaining to approved formulas in order reproduce
results on a full-scale production basis.
- Completes and evaluates product
documentation packages for final review by appropriate managers.
- Communicates formula
requirements and offers assistance to other
departments including manufacturing, purchasing, receiving, order
fulfillment, quality assurance, quality control, marketing, sales,
engineering and accounting.
- Helps evaluate equipment and
processes used in the development, evaluation, and production of
products at NOW. Implements changes as needed to maximize
efficiency, efficacy and accuracy of new product introductions and
- Reviews manufacturing
processes, determining where improvements could be implemented in
terms of product quality to contribute towards the success of the
company. This includes work performed in all manufacturing areas
within the plant including blending, processing, packaging, and
- Complies with safety and GMP
Supports a culture of safe
production and operations; follows all safety rules and procedures.
Actively participates in the safety program by: engaging in training
activities to learn what constitutes a safety hazard; reporting safety
concerns to the supervisor, submitting safety suggestions; and correcting
or reporting to the appropriate people when an employee
sees a workplace health or safety hazard, until it is
resolved. Assists with communicating safety information to new
employees. Fulfills responsibilities as outlined in the company
safety management plan. Follows personal protection equipment requirements,
but understands exposure to allergens will occur.
To perform this job
successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty
satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the
knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will
be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
Master's of Science degree in Food Science
or related field; or Bachelor of Science in Food Science or related field
and three to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent
combination of education and experience.
Ability to read and
interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance
instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports
Ability to work with
mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and
fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to
apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to
Excellent problem solving skills required.
The physical demands
described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee
to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to
perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties
of this job, the employee is regularly required to handle testing
equipment, raw materials and finished product, tools, or controls and
communicate in person and on the telephone. The employee frequently is
required to taste or smell and ascend and/or descend stairs. The employee
is occasionally required to move from place to place within the facility,
to reach, ascend and/or descend, balance, or stoop. Specific vision
abilities required by this job include close vision, ability to adjust
focus and color vision.
The employee must regularly
lift, move (in some cases drag items), slide, raise and/or place:
- Lift 25 lbs. at 33 inches,
place 10 inches away and then return to original position.Example of this would be changing
the tamping block.
- Lift 35 lbs. at 70 inches,
place at 33 inches and return to 70 inches.Example of this would be lifting
changeover tooling boxes.
- Lift 40 lbs. at 33 inches, turn
90 degrees and place at 33 inches.Example
of this would be changing machine parts.
- Lift 50 lb. boxes from 5 inches
to 33 inches and return to 5 inches.Example
of this would be moving product from pallet to cart.
- Lift 60 lbs. at 17 inches and
place at 40 inches.Example
of this would be lifting tablet tooling changeover box.
- Lift 12 lbs. at 22 inches, turn
90 degrees and place at 33 inches.Example
of this would be cleaning parts at the sink.
- Push and pull with force of up
to 65 lbs. at 36 inch height. Example of this
would be moving pallet jacks/carts.
The work environment
characteristics described here are representative of those an employee
encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
- The employee is frequently be exposed to vapors, powders and/or herbal aromas.
- This position works in all
areas of NOW’s manufacturing facilities with direct exposure to
ingredients (powders and liquids), mixes (powders and liquids),
equipment, and packaging.
It is the policy of
NOW Foods to prohibit discrimination of any type, and to afford equal
employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and prospective employees,
without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age,
disability, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by