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R&D Scientist, Nutrition & Animal Science - Orrville, OH
The J. M. Smucker Company




·        For more than 120 years, The J. M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that bring families together to share memorable meals and moments. Today, Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of consumer food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America with annual net sales of approximately $8 billion. In consumer foods and beverages, its brands include Smucker's®, Folgers®, Jif®, Dunkin’ Donuts®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, Café Bustelo®, Martha White®, truRoots®, Sahale Snacks®, Robin Hood®, and Bick’s®. In pet food and pet snacks, its brands include Meow Mix®, Milk- Bone®, Kibbles 'n Bits®, Natural Balance®, and 9Lives®. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. For more information about the Company, visit


R&D Scientist, Nutrition & Animal Science


Orrville, OH

~A comprehensive relocation package may be available


R&D Research Fellow, Nutrition & Animal Science


The Scientist, Nutrition & Animal Science, works to ensure the nutritional compliance of all our Pet Food and Snacks products.  The incumbent will review product formulations and claims and provide guidance related to nutrition and animal health. Additionally, he/she will utilize their technical mastery to understand, synthesize, and share latest industry/academy thinking on nutrition and animal health.  The incumbent will partner closely with Product Developers in R&D as well as with cross-functional partners in Legal, Regulatory, Consumer Affairs, Quality Assurance, and Marketing on nutrition and animal health related topics. 


    • Provide overall nutritional guidance within R&D 
    • Provide timely review of all product formulations for nutritional compliance
    • Formulate pre-mixes and blends
    • Guidance on new and existing ingredients and ingredient specifications
    • Collaborate with partners to ensure nutrient database accuracy
    • Guidance on nutrition claims feasibility and substantiation requirements
    • Support development of internal ‘guidance documents’ on nutrition
    • Support development of nutrition training materials  
    • Consultant to Regulatory for Federal/State Regulatory Issues/Inquires related to nutrition
    • Attendance to agreed Industry meetings



    • A Master’s Degree in Animal Nutrition or Animal Science is required; a PhD in Companion Animal Nutrition is preferred


    • Previous industry experience is preferred
    • Mastery of companion animal nutrition
    • Familiarity with Federal, State and Local Pet Food Regulations
    • Fundamental knowledge in food processing and food science


    • Proficiency in commercial Pet Food formulation software
    • Understanding of ingredient nutrient delivery (bioavailability, nutrient-nutrient, ingredient-nutrient and process-nutrient interactions)
    • Knowledge of common forms of ingredients used in pet foods, nuances of pet food formulation and ingredients
    • Skilled understanding of Windows based application system to maintain ingredient nutrient, cost, and formulation target and constraint data
    • Strong collaboration skills and experience
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
    • Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects



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