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Food Scientist- Product Development
JR Short Milling Company - Kankakee, IL 60901

Food Scientist- R&D Product Development





The Food Scientist- R&D Product Development will work in a lab and manufacturing facility that produces extruded snack pellets. This role is both a strategic and a tactical in nature, and is for someone who enjoys the challenge of helping to formalize the R&D function at JR Short. Working closely with the Director of R&D, the Food Scientist will be managing and/or executing technical projects to meet business initiatives focused on New Product Development, including: new process and product developments, process and product improvements, conducting lab scale and bench top experiments, commercialization studies for new products, conducting product characterization studies, applications and performing analytical work. The Food Scientist will also support technical research and customer support on existing and new product lines.


  • Manages and leads research projects to design, develop and improve new and existing product portfolio.
  • Works closely with Operations, QA and functional business partners to develop and test product development solutions for top tier new product launches and to troubleshoot issues with existing products and processes.
  • Oversees and carries out hands-on internal bench top and pilot scale trials.
  • Leads scale-ups of pilot plant test run preparation.
  • Oversee R&D technical functions such as sensory, shelf life testing, legal label claims, product specifications, and nutritionals.
  • Establishes analytical methods to study the characteristics of snack pellet products.
  • Screens past and current production samples to establish a baseline for key physical, sensory and functional attributes of JRS products.
  • Maintains documentation of all aspects of project work.
  • Assists in the preparation of presentations and reports to communicate results.
  • Understands regulatory requirements and work to ensure compliance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • BS degree in Food Science or related field required. MS degree in Food Science or related field preferred
  • 0-3 years of experience in process or product development and commercialization; new grads should have an internship in Product Development. Knowledge of extrusion science a plus!
  • 1-2 years of bench top laboratory and pilot plant experience preferred.
  • Excellent communication, influencing, and problem solving skills
  • Highly self-motivated individual comfortable working individually and able to manage multiple tasks and projects efficiently within the context of a fast-paced, busy environment
  • Ability to apply prior learning or scientific principles to new situations
  • Ability to exhibit a collaborative mindset and apply innovative solutions are a must
  • Knowledge of Food Safety, HACCP preferred

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Bachelor's


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