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R&D Senior Technologist , Product Development - Akron, OH

The J. M. Smucker Company






Desired:Time Management

For more than 120 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has brought families together to share memorable meals and moments. Guided by a vision to engage, delight, and inspire consumers through trusted food and beverage brands that bring joy throughout their lives, Smucker has grown to be a well-respected North American marketer and manufacturer with a balanced portfolio of leading and emerging, on-trend brands. In consumer foods and beverages, its brands include Smucker's ®, Folgers ®, Jif ®, Dunkin’ Donuts ®, Crisco ®, Café Bustelo ®, R.W. Knudsen Family ®, Sahale Snacks®, Smucker's ® Uncrustables ®, Robin Hood ®, and Bick’s ®. In pet food and pet snacks, its brands include Rachael Ray ® Nutrish®, Meow Mix®, Milk-Bone®, Kibbles 'n Bits®, Natural Balance®, and Nature’s Recipe® . 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 our Company, visit .


R&D Senior Technologist, Product Development



Orrville, OH

~A comprehensive relocation package may be available



Senior Manager, Pet R&D



The R&D Senior Technologist is the career level for employees who use their technical leadership skills of science or engineering to lead the innovation process. They have broad project responsibilities to set and influence the strategic direction of the research work to be done. He/she initiates and leads technology/capability/methodology development to deliver key business initiatives. R&D Senior Technologist often directs the technical work of others and lead cross-functional teams. R&D Senior Technologists apply and make advances in science, technology, engineering, or capability that result in the development of novel pet food products, packages, technologies, and processes.



  • Requires knowledge and expertise in own discipline/area of expertise; still acquiring higher-level knowledge and skills
  • Analyzes possible solutions using technical experience and judgment
  • Looks beyond obvious solutions and considers multiple options before making decisions
  • Solves problems in straightforward situations
  • Proficient in establishing procedures
  • Impacts quality of own work and the work of others on the team; works under moderate supervision within guidelines and processes
  • No supervisory responsibilities but provides informal guidance to new team members
  • Demonstrates creativity




  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Technology, or Engineering is required


  • At least 3 years of product development experience is required
  • Previous experience with food and/or pet food product development is a plus
  • Formulation experience is preferred


  • Strong organizational, critical thinking and creativity skills
  • Strong time management skills
  • Effective presentation, verbal and written communication skills
  • Up to 25% travel is required
  • This position is not currently eligible for company work visa sponsorships





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