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Research & Development Scientist - Intermediate (Salem, OR)-17351




Job Summary

Product Developers apply scientific and engineering principles to develop new products and to modify existing ones, then ensure that these new products or changes are scaled up smoothly into routine production.  They create the formulas, test them with consumers, run the production trials to ensure that they are sufficiently profitable and robust, and then create all documentation, specifications, gold standards needed.  They train and work with Production and QA personnel on the product, and follow through until a smooth roll-out has been achieved.  R&D Scientists manage projects within their area of expertise, largely independently, but with some oversight.


Essential Job Duties

·         Develops new products from concept to successful scale up and production, meeting all agreed upon standards, and keeping the projects on schedule and under budget, so far as this is possible. 

·         Modifies existing products.  Evaluates formulas for ingredient substitutions, production efficiencies, cost improvement and cost containment. 

·         Uses expertise to help troubleshoot problems with existing products or ingredients.

·         Creates QA documentation for new products, including formulations, bills of materiel, ingredient statements, raw material specifications, finished product specifications, quality indexes, etc.  Helps QA to update and maintain documentation for existing products.

·         Communicates regularly with Snyder’s Lance management, Marketing, Production, QA, Packaging, outside vendors and the like.  Keeps the various parties well informed and keeps things running smoothly without unnecessary conflict.

·         May conduct weekly Benchmarking review.

·         May conduct quarterly Bill of Materials (BOM) audits.

·         May have the responsibility of doing consumer testing

·         May have the responsibility of maintaining records for the organization of samples tested (The Sample Test Reports)

·         Performs other duties as required.

·         Expectation to work on multiple projects at one time.

·         Maintain GMP regulations and safe work conditions within all facilities being worked in.


Scope of Responsibility

Somewhat independent; work frequently done independently by following practices and procedures while occasionally having work checked.  A good deal of initiative and ownership is expected at this level.


Supervisory Responsibility  

This job has no direct supervisory responsibilities.  Supervises hourly staff and temporary workers on specific assignments.  Leverages informal networks for getting things done.  Sets up and conducts training programs for production staff.  Trains less experienced product developers.  May be called upon to assemble and lead cross functional teams.


Knowledge and Skill Requirements

Language Ability: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.   Uses intuition and experience to complement data. 

Computer Skills: Knowledge of Word Processing software, Spreadsheet software, and Internet software.


Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university (preferred but not required in Food Science, Nutrition, Home Economics, Food Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or related discipline.)  3 years working in a food lab, food manufacturing, or culinary environment; or equivalent combination of education, experience, and certifications.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - < 30% of time.


 - R & D/Quality

Primary Location

 - United States-Oregon-Salem


 - Mktg, Innovation, R&D_Innovation Center(D1960)


 - Full-time

EEO Disclosure - Snyder’s-Lance is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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