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Sr. Scientist - Nutritional Foods – Idaho Falls, ID







Position Type


# of Openings



Research & Development




Global Headquarters


Idaho Falls

Company Profile

"Enhancing the Lives of Those We Touch by Helping People Reach Their Goals"



For over 30 years, Melaleuca has taken this mission statement to heart. It is our guiding principle. Everything we accomplish is done with an eye toward promoting the physical, environmental, financial, and personal wellness of those around us.


We carefully craft products you use every day with the highest standards of safety, health, and wellness in mind. We are always on the lookout for exceptional talent that wants to be a part of something more than just a company but someone who shares in our mission of “Enhancing Lives”. If this is you, Melaleuca's got a place for you, right on the front lines of a world-class company where your training, your talents, your experience and your enthusiasm can make an impact—right from day one.


This position offers you the opportunity to make a difference at one of the world's top health and wellness companies as you assume a key leadership role as a Food Scientist for the Product Development team. You will expand your skills and experience across our Sports Nutrition, Weight Management and Healthy Snacking product lines. We foster an open, energizing and collaborative environment and our team is made up of passionate professionals who deliver to high standards but also have fun in the process. While R&D is a strategic driving force in our global organization our R&D team is relatively small, so your successes will be noticed.




The Food Scientist has responsibilities to develop new products for the Sports Nutrition, Weight Management and Healthy Snacking markets, to enact improvements on existing products and to ensure finished product quality. This individual will closely work with other functions within Melaleuca and external partners to identify new technologies and deliver superior products that delight consumers while meeting safety and regulatory requirements.


  • Leads and supports Vitality for Life nutritional foods brand and bench top/pilot line product development and commercialization for the launch of new products and line extensions. Responsible for leading development and commercialization of various bakery items and leading innovation development with particular emphasis on our Vitality for Life business.
  • Manages external contract manufacturers: supplier qualification, capability development and technical specification.
  • Manages formula development and optimization with good understanding of the nutritional composition.
  • Travels as required to support projects and business objectives.
  • Tests and recommends alternative ingredients and/or processes that would improve product quality and/or process efficiency.
  • Keeps up to date on new ingredient and process technologies and is able to write specifications for new ingredients.
  • Evaluates data from testing or literature and reports outcome to cross functional teams; identifies and communicates issues/risks.
  • Follows through on administrative tasks that support project objectives and departmental objectives.
  • Coordinates/communicates with execution team to ensure production start-up.
  • Optimizes existing product formulas for cost savings and quality.
  • Works closely with Marketing in setting product direction, establishing priorities, and recommending new development ideas.


A successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to formulate, develop and commercialize new and existing products; lead projects and coordinate the efforts of the various groups involved in the New Product Development process including marketing, suppliers, operations, and quality assurance and manufacturing.

  • Bachelors or Masters Degree in Food Science, Nutrition, Food Processing or similar field.
  • Minimum 3+ years product development experience– Sports Nutrition, Weight Management and Healthy Snacking is preferred.
  • Experience and understanding of sensory testing, shelf life testing and statistical analysis.
  • Experience with the processing of multiple product forms: powders, bars, hot and cold beverages, confectionary Global regulatory and QA knowledge preferred.
  • Excellent formulation skills, knowledge of ingredient functionality.
  • Able to travel (US & Canada).

Just as important as your experience and skills will be the following characteristics and competencies:

  • A natural orientation for continuous improvement and problem solving.
  • A collaborative approach and willingness to engage in an environment of active idea sharing.
  • Sharp project management, organizational skills and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • The ability to produce consistent quality under deadline pressure while paying careful attention to detail.
  • Self-motivation and a strong sense of ownership and accountability.



Why Melaleuca

Company Description

Melaleuca is one of the leading Health and Wellness companies in the world with over 4,200 employees and revenues in excess of $1.7B. We manufacture and distribute nutritional, pharmaceutical, personal care, facial care, home hygiene, and other wellness products and distribute them directly to the consumer through a full-service catalog and Internet shopping
system. We carefully craft products used every day with the highest standards of safety, health, and wellness in mind. This revolutionary system is changing the way hundreds of thousands of people shop by eliminating middlemen and reducing marketing and distribution costs. This enables the company to spend more on research and high-quality, ecologically-sensible ingredients, while maintaining reasonable prices.


Great  culture —the Supply Chain team is fun and passionate about delighting our customers. Flexibility is a must in this position; you'll become a part of a fast-paced team dedicated to a feel-good lifestyle brand dedicated to changing lives. Like the rest of Melaleuca, we are proud to be part of a values-driven organization that treats employees with respect. Our employees and their families enjoy company parties and countless discounts around the community. We implement a very real open-door policy, and all employees are on a first name basis—it feels
more like a family than a multi-national corporation.


Safe, uncrowded, affordable — nestled in the heart of beautiful Eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls is a prosperous and vibrant community, as well as the gateway to recreational paradise. This unique setting provides numerous opportunities for total wellness -- social, physical, financial, and emotional. If you love outdoor activities, this is the place for you, with the Snake River running right through town, the Rocky Mountains dominating the horizon, and Yellowstone less than a 2-hour drive away.


Excellent compensation —in addition to a competitive wage and bonus incentive program, we offer comprehensive benefits for our full-time employees that include all you would expect plus some remarkable surprises, such as a longevity bonus. Right here on-site, we provide childcare, a fitness center, free concierge service, and an employee restaurant.


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