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Sr. Food Scientist - R&D
George's Inc 19 reviews - Springdale, AR




JOB PURPOSE: This position is responsible for the research, development and commercialization of new products, as well as the improvement to existing products and/or manufacturing processes. This position reports to the Vice President – Culinary Innovation & Product Development.


George's, Inc. is a fully integrated poultry operation headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas. It is a fourth generation family owned operation that began in the late 1920's. Guided by the aggressiveness of youth and the foresight that comes with experience, George's has grown from a small business serving local and regional markets into a multi-division corporation serving national and international markets with innovative, high quality poultry products.


  • Manage the end to end process of product development.
  • Development of new product samples
  • Modification of existing products
  • Optimization of products and processes
  • New Product cost analysis
  • Optimization analysis across all areas related to R&D
  • Implementation of optimization procedures
  • Development of New Product Specifications
  • Collaborate with teams responsible for USDA Regulatory Requirements
  • Collaborate with teams responsible for Food Safety Requirements
  • Work independently to research and identify areas of opportunity for the betterment of George’s Inc. and our customers.
  • Deliver expertise and best in class knowledge of ingredients, formulations and food processing techniques
  • Demonstrate strong bench top development skills that realistically translate to plant floor capabilities.
  • Coordinate and calibrate with all cross-functional departments essential to the start-up of R&D driven production runs i.e., sales, purchasing, FSQA, plant facilities management, etc.
  • Develop, grow and maintain strong working relationships with plant facilities management.
  • Analyze and identify opportunities or issues related to R&D and effectively communicate those findings to Senior Leadership.
  • Translate new and traditional culinary techniques and identify opportunities to apply those through the use of large scale manufacturing processes, ingredients and food science technologies.



  • In depth knowledge of FSQA procedures, processes and requirements
  • Practiced and focused on food sensory technologies
  • Hands on culinary experience
  • In-depth knowledge and hands on experience with plant floor equipment, processes and procedures
  • Knowledge of agricultural technologies related to product specifications lifecycle management, nutritional analysis, labeling, and plant floor operations
  • Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines while accomplishing team objective
  • Skill in time management and organization with excellent attention to detail
  • Quick learner and able to make decisions/recommendations in a fast paced environment.

Freedom to Act:

  • Ability to handle a significant workload and effectively prioritize projects with a high degree of autonomy
  • Ability to identify systems and processes necessary to perform job more effectively and efficiently*

Size and Complexity:

  • Able to successfully manage multiple priorities in a fast paced work environment
  • Possess initiative and passion to drive successful and flawless implementation of new PLM system


  • Ability to handle confidential information with the utmost level of professionalism
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships within department & cross-functional teams
  • Ability to communicate both written and verbally across all levels of the organization*

External Relationships:

  • Perform all duties and responsibilities in a highly ethical manner and in accordance with Company policies and procedures.



  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Poultry Science preferred, Meat Science, Food Science, or other related field.
  • 5+ years of experience in the meat and/or poultry industry, with knowledge of HACCP, SSOP, labeling laws, etc.…
  • Experience in upholding a consistent standard for in-depth attention to detail in technical matters.

The duties of this position may change from time to time. George’s Inc. reserves the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of George’s, Inc. or its managers. This job description is intended to describe the general level of work being performed. It is not intended to be all-inclusive.

George’s Inc is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to promoting a culturally diverse workforce.

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

Required experience:

  • meat: 5 years


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