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Food Scientist / Application Technologist - Aurora, IL 60506






Food Scientist / Application Technologist


Nutrivo, LLC seeks a skilled food scientist / application technologist to join its internal product development and innovations team. This individual will work out of the Aurora, IL NPD laboratory to create a wide variety of functional food and dietary supplement mixes including protein powders, weight gainers, meal replacement shakes, performance snack foods, and pre-, intra-, and post-exercise products, intended to support healthy athletic lifestyles. Qualified candidates a) possess the education, experience, and skills needed to develop finished products from conceptual briefs; b) consistently deliver high-quality, accurate work within agreed timelines; c) are able to concurrently manage a number of different projects; d) work efficiently and proactively even in situations when direction may be vague or limited; e) are flexible and willingly accept constructive feedback; f) are reliable and punctual.

About Nutrivo, LLC:

Nutrivo is an FDA-inspected, NSF GMP-certified manufacturer of premium powdered protein beverage and nutritional supplement mixes. Nutrivo wholly owns, manufactures, and markets the RIVALUS sports nutrition brand. Sold exclusively through specialty retailers in the USA and abroad, RIVALUS products are synonymous with clean performance for athletes.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Developing product concepts that meet desired nutritional, organoleptic, and cost targets.
  • Works with other internal team members including purchasing, quality, production, and marketing to gather materials and information needed for successful project completion
  • Creates or refines theoretical formulation to ensure that all required parameters are met and that the project is within budget
  • Develops “bench top” samples
  • Prepares samples for internal or external evaluation; adjusts formula as needed until customer is satisfied
  • Oversees product scale-up runs to confirm that nutritional values, flavor, color, texture, foaming, and other aspects are maintained as each project moves from the lab to the production facility.
  • Monitors and adjusts final formulations as needed
  • Evaluate ingredients for suitability in new product applications, or as potential substitutes for existing products
  • Reviews vendor-provided documents
  • Contacts buyer or supplier to request more information or additional samples, as needed
  • Works with material to determine feasibility in intended applications
  • Provides feedback to buyer and general manager
  • Related duties including, but not limited to:
  • Prepares rough cost estimates for product concepts
  • Liaises with suppliers to identify new ingredients, technologies, and applications as well as for technical support with difficult ingredient combinations
  • Evaluates ongoing production batches to ensure compliance with established standards
  • Conducts experiments including accelerated stability, ingredient substitutions, and batching variations (as needed)
  • Interacts with external customers for project clarity (as requested or needed)
  • Enters / checks final formulations in ERP software
  • Proofreads nutritional and allergen information on product packaging for accuracy
  • Maintains detailed project logs and prepares weekly status summaries for the senior management team
  • Other duties as assigned by management

Ideal Candidates:

  • Have a proven track record of developing successful (commercialized) product concepts
  • 2+ years directly-related product development experience
  • Possess a BS or higher in food science, chemistry, or other related field
  • Are proficient with MS Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint); experience working with Genesis RD and/or MS Great Plains a plus
  • Communicate clearly and concisely through verbal and written means
  • Work well independently and in cross functional teams
  • Are proactive, meticulous, and efficient.
  • Plan and prioritize to completes tasks efficiently and effectively
  • Arrive to work punctually and deliver projects on-time
  • Have an affinity for nutrition and an active, healthy lifestyle

Nutrivo Offers:

  • A fun, fast-paced, and challenging work environment within the rapidly growing sports nutrition and functional nutrition industry
  • Extensive opportunity for personal development and career advancement
  • Competitive salary and benefits

Position Type: Lab, full time, salary

Location: Aurora, IL

Reports To: Nutrivo General Manager

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience

Job Type: Full-time


  • Outlook: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Briefs: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Excel: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Microsoft Powerpoint: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Microsoft Office: 1 year (Preferred)


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