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Innovation Scientist/Process Manager - Alma, KS 66401

Grandma Hoerner's Foods, Inc.




Join our Grandma Hoerner’s team….A team that dreams big and strives to never settle for anything less than great!

GH Foods, Inc. is a hot-fill food manufacturing facility with a team that creates and produces delicious natural and organic delicious foods. We have been providing our products for our nation’s top grocery retailers for 30+ years.

We are currently looking for an outstanding candidate to fill our Innovation Scientist & Process Manager position. We offer an opportunity to work with an established, stable company with tremendous growth potential in the coming year. This position will support the brand and vision by developing the visual presentation of the Grandma Hoerner’s and Big Slice brands.


Job Description:

  • The Innovation Scientist & Process Manager plays a pivotal role as a cross-functional team member, connecting Sales/Marketing, Operations, and Technical Services/Quality Assurance. With limited supervision, this position must prioritize timelines for new product development, evaluation and improvement of existing products, maintaining of product/plant certifications, researching industry trends and new technology, supporting food safety standards, and continued education and training of production cook staff. This position will participate in and lead cross-functional product development activities to achieve company goals for cost savings, quality improvements and new product innovations.

Job Activities/Duties:

  • Development of new products and improvements of existing Grandma Hoerner’s products.
  • Assuring that new or improved products meet all company and/or customer quality, sensory, pricing/marketing, or other expectations.
  • Maintain knowledge of new developments in ingredient technology, formulation and process improvements, and research for our product categories.
  • Test new ingredient concepts; work with purchasing to make ingredient modifications where appropriate.
  • Improve and develop extensions to existing brands using laboratory bench top, and full scale manufacturing systems.
  • Develop and support maintenance of specifications.
  • Provide technical support to operations to continuously improve quality.
  • Monitor product performance and quality through sensory, customer/consumer feedback, and other sources.
  • Work with appropriate resources to develop documentation necessary for meeting production and product goals.


  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills.
  • Proven innovation and creativity.
  • Ability to work effectively in team-based environment with multiple functional groups.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, in a fast paced environment, meeting deadlines, and communicating status.

Qualifications include:

  • B.S. in Food Science or similar degree required
  • HACCP Certification
  • Better Process Controls School Certification
  • Working knowledge of shelf life determination methods
  • Knowledge of natural and organic ingredient usage in consumer packaged goods
  • Working knowledge of Shelf life determination methods
  • Ability for some travel is expected (< 20%)
  • Ability to lift 25 kg
  • Must have no known food allergies.

Preferred Skills:

  • Master's degree in Food Science
  • PCQI Certification (or ability to obtain PCQI certification within 3 months of employment)
  • Experience with Nutrition Labeling (Genesis R & D by ESHA)
  • Organic markets and organic certification knowledge

Grandma Hoerner’s is located off of I-70 just a few miles from Manhattan, in the middle of the beautiful Flint Hills area of Kansas.

We are family owned and operated, and we care about you. Grandma Hoerner’s is always closed on Sundays for Family and Faith.

You can expect that we are the type of environment that is safe and fair, and because of that, we are a drug free workplace and an equal opportunity employer.

Join our team because we are a rock-solid brand in a culture of teamwork and fun!

Job Type: Full-time

Job Type: Full-time


  • Bachelor's (Required)

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