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R&D Specialist I or II - Bloomingdale, IL
NOW Foods

 

 

 

 

Location:

Plant (Bloomingdale, IL)

Department:

Quality R&D


Description

Founded 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.

 

NOW 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!

 

To learn more about NOW Foods, visit nowfoods.com or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nowfoodsofficial .

 

SUMMARY

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 packaging.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES 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 instructions.
  • 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 existing products. 
  • 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 warehouse.
  • Complies with safety and GMP requirements. 

 

SAFETY RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT

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.

 

QUALIFICATIONS 

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 functions.

 

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

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.

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

 

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

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 practical situations.

 

REASONING ABILITY

Excellent problem solving skills required. 

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

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.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT 

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.

 

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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 law.

 

 

 

 

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