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R&D Food Scientist - Fairmont, MN

Downs Food Group





Fairmont Foods Inc. has an exciting opportunity available to join our Research and Development staff. As part of our R&D group you will work with our sales and production departments to develop solutions for our customers. Fairmont Foods is a part of the Downs Food Group.

Downs Foods Group, a family-owned company, has earned the trust of our business partners through integrity, quality and value. These principles date from our founding in 1947, and remain at the forefront of our business philosophy today.


Education: Bachelorís Degree, preferably in Meat or Food Science or Culinology

Years of Related Experience: 5+ years related experience


  • Technical knowledge in the manufacturing of various Prepared Meals and Batter/Breaded Proteins.
  • Formulation of new products.
  • Benchtop, pilot plant, and commercial scale new product development.
  • Continuous improvement experience.
  • Ability to define problems, collect and interpret data, draw valid conclusions, and propose solutions.
  • Must be able to translate product feedback into optimized solutions.

R &D Responsibilities

  • Document and reports on test runs and results. Identifies any potential issues or improvements to the process or formulations and discusses with management team.
  • Develops new products and line extensions from bench top to commercialization..
  • Coordinate with external vendors for ingredients and other material needs in order to fulfill organizational needs.?
  • Collects and enters formulation and yield information.
  • Maintains information regarding ingredient specifications, formulas, processes and analytical data such as quality attributes, yield information, and sensory results.
  • Reports on the Sample Status to team members and discusses any implications to the business
  • Assist management with project timelines and status updates.
  • Assist with providing product information for technical support to internal and external customers.
  • Helps identify Plant and Process Improvement Initiatives
  • Support cost-out initiatives on existing products and process; follows through with in-plant trials.
  • Will assist in customer data organization.
  • Organize internal product cuttings with customers or manufacturing team.

EEO/Veteran Friendly Employer



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