Responsible for the
development of new products and / or improvement of existing products to
meet strategic business objectives and provide customer support. Assumes
complete ownership for a range of products. Develops a sense of the
complete product line integration of the customer rather than just project
management. Work is conducted largely independent of the supervisor
although they are to be continually updated on project progress.
Champion. Fits new
customers into our existing array of products or develops line extensions
or product improvements for existing customers. Meet with customers
independently of supervisor, with sales account manager to define scope of
new projects. Assist in evaluation of target brand evaluation and
monitoring efforts. Demonstrate leadership qualities with respect to
product design capabilities with strong communication skills.
Product Development. The role spans the full length of
the product development cycle, which includes conceptual development,
formulation, implementation, validation and continuous management and
improvement. Products must be continuously improved to remain contemporary
in response to target brand changes or customer needs. Works closely with
the technical staff of customers or suppliers. Develop, bench test,
scale-up, and commercialize new products/technologies in accordance with
guidelines established in Project Initiation Request. Factors include
product attributes as well as development costs, finished product costs,
and timing. Demonstrate product and project ownership to ensure that all
parameters are optimized. Plant tests will be scheduled and supported
throughout commissioning phase, with the ability to develop a contingency
plan as needed.
Regulatory and Finished Product Compliance. Utilize existing product
formulation approach to assure finished product nutritional adequacy (label
and nutrition claim) applying statistical data from key raw materials (z
values). Develop a label deck from a master formula which considers all
potential processing locations. Submit product for analytical or animal
testing as required by supervisor and summarize results. Participate in
project teams to evaluate product non-conformance incidence with products
under their responsibility. Collect and analyze information as required to
analyze raw material/process interactions.
and Supply Chain Support.
Lead supply chain initiatives including formula transfer among plants,
evaluation of new suppliers of raw materials, increased or decreased use of
existing raw materials, and evaluation of processing parameters. Assist in
process evaluation testing as required by supervisor. Develop knowledge of
critical process points in conjunction with process engineering group.
Summarize results of previous tests and of sequential processing conditions
or runs for a particular formula to assist in
troubleshooting and data interpretation.
Minimum Education : Bachelor's Degree in Meat Science
or Animal Science, or Food Science, or 4 years related experience.
Preferred Education: Master's degree in related field.
Minimum 3 years'
experience in product development and/or technical services is required.Must have excellent
computer skills with respect to the Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with
Concept 5 is a plus. Will be expected to quickly learn company business
integration software suites. Strong data entry skills are required
(accurate and efficient). Intermediate to advanced level skills in Excel
and PowerPoint as well as experience preparing documents for presentation.
Experience in commercial product development and in the pet food or food
industry is desirable. Knowledge of nutrition and food formulation is a
plus. A working knowledge of applicable regulations in various countries is
Industry Experience: R&D knowledge/experience in
applicable food industry preferred.
Job Type: Full-time
- Product Development and/or
technical services: 3 years