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Product Development, Meat Specialization - Humboldt, IA

CTI Foods/Liguria Foods

Full-time, Temporary





CTI Foods mission is to be the best custom food and culinary solutions team, focused on driving results for our customers. Fostering a culture of collaboration, integrity and continuous improvement, we seek only the best talent to join our organization.

Job Summary: The Senior Meat Scientist independently leads the development of dried sausage products for CTI customers and its Liguria Brand. The candidate will be technically competent with a passion for innovation and developing high quality culinary inspired products. He/She will be responsible for the development and full commercialization of dried sausage products, including pepperoni and salami. Additionally, he/she will ultimately aid in expanding our dry sausage capabilities at our Humboldt, IA facility.

Duties and Essential Job Functions:

  • Works under the supervision of the Senior Director to develop assigned products.
  • Develops new products, improves existing products, optimizes processes, and reduces cost.
  • Designs products to meet customer expectations.
  • Responsible for the commercialization of products and ensure the smooth transition from bench to plant.
  • Master the commercialization process at CTI Foods. He/She will work collaboratively with cross-functional team members to successfully launch new products.
  • Accurately document formulations and methods for making bench top samples, as well as make samples when needed, during development process.
  • Assist in the development of process capable specifications (internal and external) with input from Production and Quality Assurance for new products and modified products.
  • Source ingredients, as needed for the development process. Coordinate with purchasing and ensure purchasing strategy is employed. Develop relationships with suppliers and leverage their resources when possible.
  • Perform nutritional analysis of prototypes using the nutritional program Genesis R&D.
  • Create draft ingredient statements and assess the presence of allergens and sensitive ingredients in formulations.
  • Work in a production environment where he/she will provide assistance in trouble-shooting plant related issues and provide technical insights to the Production Team.
  • Work closely with QA and Production to determine root cause of customer complaints, as well as, suggest corrective actions.
  • Works closely with CTI customers; presenting products and providing technical support.
  • Provide technical support to CTI Sales Team.
  • Responsible to ensure that all designated R&D areas are clean and organized.
  • Observe and comply with all food safety (GMP) and general safety guidelines.
  • Complete assigned work in a timely manner to meet project timelines.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science or related field of study with 5 to 7 years of experience OR
  • Advanced Degree in Food Science or related field of study with 2 to 5 years of experience
  • Expert level knowledge of meat systems – beef, pork, and poultry.
  • Competent knowledge of ingredient functionality especially as it pertains to meat curing and meat fermentation.
  • Keen understanding of processes and their impact on product performance - grinding, fat balancing, blending, stuffing, fermenting, drying, slicing, and packaging (MAP and non-MAP).
  • Knowledge of oven cook cycle development with an understanding of key points – fermentation, relative humidity, and end-point requirements for time and temp.
  • Familiarity with drying rooms and the factors that affect drying time and behavior, such as, dry and wet bulb temperatures, relative humidity, and balancing air flow.

CTI Foods provides equality of opportunity for all persons with respect to hiring without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Bachelor's (Required)


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