- Chicago, IL
POSITION TITLE: R&D Food Scientist
LOCATION: Chicago IL
REPORTS TO: R&D Lead
This position will be part
of the R&D organization and will support projects within the Low
Calorie Sweetener category. This position will support activities
throughout the development cycle, concept through commercialization, and
projects will include NPD, cost optimization, quality improvements and
brand maintenance. This position will be responsible for formula
development, product validation (small and large scale) and project
management. This position has a strong linkage with its cross-functional
team members, including operations, quality and marketing.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND
- Responsible for development,
management and execution of programs to scale up new products to
market, modification of existing products and product improvements.
- Develop and execute research
plans at bench top, pilot plant and plant scale.
- Execute qualifications
protocols and validation plans in conjunction with manufacturing and
- Responsible for Validation
Protocols, Product Specifications and BOMís in line with internal Merisant standards.
- As project lead, ensure that
projects milestones and critical path are identified, scheduled and
tracked or met.
- Present status of projects upon
request with appropriate level of detail according to the audience.
- Responsible for interface with
R&D, Manufacturing, Marketing, and Quality Assurance to facilitate
transitions between new product development and full-scale
- Identify ingredient vendors and
support feasibility evaluation.
- Support packaging and process
R&D with development and validation, as needed.
- Work with R&D innovation
lead to help scope concepts, develop prototypes and scale up new
- Identify cost savings
opportunities to existing processes.
- Travel is project related but
could be 15% to 20%. QUALIFICATIONS
- Minimal of 1 to 3 years of
experience in product development.
- Technical knowledge of
ingredient functionality, sweeteners and dry blending.
- Understand the Marketing and
- Excellent written, oral and interpersonal
- Skilled in Microsoft office
- Ability to manage multiple
projects simultaneously and prioritize, initiate and drive to
- Ability to interact with
internal and external customers in a professional manner.
- Self-motivated and excellent
problem solving skills as well as a team-oriented attitude.
- Able to analyze data, make
decisions/ modifications to processes and communicate benefits of
decisions/ modifications to all levels of project teams/ management.
- Bachelorís of Science in Food
Science/Chemical Engineering/Technical Field or equivalent combination
of both education and experience.Equal
Opportunity Employer: disability/veteran
Job Type: Full-time
- product development: 1 year