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R&D Scientist - Terminal Island, CA
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

The R&D Scientist is responsible for understanding consumers’ needs and translating them into technical requirements and consumer models to drive business impact. The incumbent will leverage technical thinking skills to bring together consumer needs and product possibilities into winning innovation. The Scientist has a defined area of technical expertise and a consistent track record of key innovations with important business impacts. He/she initiates and leads technology or capability advances, and may be assigned the most important business and technical challenges.

This role will initially be located at the Big Heart Pet Brands Research and Development Center in Terminal Island, CA. In early 2017, the role will relocate to a newly built, state of the art Research and Development Center located on the JM Smucker Corporate Campus in Orrville, OH. We will offer relocation benefits to support the dual locations of this role.


o   Requires in-depth knowledge and experience

o   Uses best practices and knowledge of internal or external business issues to improve products or services

o   Solves complex problems; takes a new perspective using existing solutions

o   Works independently, with guidance in only complex situations (e.g., when decisions have functional or organizational impact)

o   Generally acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience; may formally manage a small number of individuals in own area of expertise

o   Impacts a range of customer, operational, project or service activities within own team and other related teams; works generally independently within broad guidelines and processes

o   Requires conceptual and practical expertise in own discipline and basic knowledge of related disciplines

o   Partners with team members to develop key tasks and project plans for timely completion of goals

o   Proven ability to interpret and analyze data, and draw sound conclusions regarding next steps

o   Must be agile and able to effectively lead/manage multiple projects simultaneously

o   Requires strong attention to detail

o   Must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to influence others to accomplish goals

o   Must have an uncompromising commitment to safety in all environments (office, laboratory, manufacturing environments, etc)




This position requires a BS degree or higher in Science (e.g., Food Science, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Packaging, Nutrition), Technology (e.g., Engineering Technology), or Engineering (Chemical, Food, Biomedical, etc.)

Years of Experience:

Depending on degree type/level, required experience will range from zero (0) to twelve (12) years

Special Requirements:

o   Approximately 30% Travel required

o   Must be willing/able to drive a company or rental vehicle as needed

o   Expertise with MS Office software (Excel, Outlook, Word, and Power Point)

o   Passionate about food, product development and delighting the consumer

o   Can seamlessly adapt to changing business priorities

PHYSICAL FUNCTIONS: Lifting, Bending, Sitting, Carrying, Standing, Other

OTHER:  Incumbent may be required to:

o   Walk, stand or sit for extended periods

o   Work and move freely and safely around manufacturing processes and equipment

o   Climb on stairs or ladders

o   Must be able to lift 50 pounds on a regular basis

o   Exposure to manufacturing environments for periodic extended work days, including exposure to heat, cold, wet and slippery conditions and loud noise


·        The J.M. Smucker Company has a unique culture rooted in our Basic Beliefs, strengthened by Our Commitment to Each Other and perpetuated by the creation of an environment that leads to the continued growth of our employees.

o   A Culture of Growth – Smucker has a unique culture where every employee makes a difference. Since our founding in 1897, we have had – and will continue to embrace – a commitment to continuous improvement.

o   A Company with a Purpose – Helping to bring families together to share memorable meals and moments.

o   A Place to Thrive – For 120 years, Smuckers has been proud to call Northeast Ohio home. Much like Smucker, Ohio is a vibrant and exciting place, rooted in a strong history and innovative environment.

o   Our Home – Our 120-acre, state-of-the-art Corporate campus is designed to create a warm, welcoming environment that facilitates open communication and collaboration, providing a sense of community where people are proud to gather, work, and learn from one another.

o   Our Future – As we continue to grow, we look to the future where the best is yet to come. A future shaped by our heritage, our commitment, and our culture.


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