is a mid-level level position that will assist in the development of new
products supporting the Director of Product Development. This position
will work with a team to develop new formulas, oversee the implementation of
R&D test runs, collect and manage data, update Product Development
documents, and drive cross-functional teams to launch new products.
Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Utilize formulation software to
create and optimize dry pet food and treat formulations.
Apply knowledge of ingredient
composition and processing capability to develop innovative product
solutions that meet customer and regulatory requirements.
Assist in the execution and
supervision of R&D test runs. Follow-up with other departments and
personnel to ensure preparation work has been completed for R&D test
runs. Collect data and record observations during R&D test
runs. Organize and summarize all data following the runs.
Follow new product through to
Update ingredient database.
Create and update Product
Information Sheets for sales presentation and label/artwork generation.
Work with team to manage
palatability testing schedule and shelf life analysis with limited
Update and maintain customer
Assist in qualifying new
ingredients and new vendors.
Assist in the activation of new
Assist with identifying and
implementing cost reduction ideas for product lines and factories.
Participate in cross-functional
teams to execute product development plans and on-going projects.
Set expectations, track/communicate
results, and create an environment of accountability for results and
Participate in a high quality team environment through effective
teamwork and self-management with a positive attitude.
Maintain a professional appearance
and demeanor that reflects the Company’s commitment to quality,
continuous improvement, and respect for individuals.
Promote a positive proactive
environment where input from team members is valued and encouraged.
Work with limited direction and
take initiative for tasks.
Oversee ongoing projects, studies,
and databases, as necessary.
Provide back-up support for other
roles, as necessary.
May require overnight travel.
Requires occasional night shift
and/or weekend shift for special projects.
Other duties as assigned by the
Bachelor’s degree in food science,
animal science, or other closely related field, or an equivalent
combination of education and experience.
Three (3) years in a feed or food
production environment preferred.