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Senior Scientist, Product Development - St. Louis, MO

Nature's Variety






Company Description: Nature’s Variety is a rapidly growing natural pet food company located in the Midwest. Our products are sold in over 10,000 pet specialty locations across North America, including Petco and PetSmart, and over twenty countries internationally. Our primary brand is Instinct®- The Raw Brand® and we have set out to redefine better. We see things differently. We do things differently. We are never finished. We believe it’s up to us to change the way people think, the way people feed, and the way their pets feel. As a brand, we’re driven to connect with and awaken pet parents to better nutrition through raw. At Nature’s Variety, our purpose – the reason behind everything we do – is to empower people to transform the lives of pets. We are committed to hiring talent who share our passion and hunger to raise the bar in everything we do.

Position Summary: As a Senior Scientist for Product Development, you will provide expertise in the area of formulation development to successfully guide and implement product improvements and new product development.

Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for dry product development projects from formulation through new product start-ups
  • Responsible for company efforts on all testing protocols including digestibility, palatability and chemical testing
  • Establish routine stability studies
  • Develop ingredient and finished product specifications for all product forms
  • Coordinate ingredient testing to gather supporting data for formula optimization
  • Own test run process.
  • Manage formulation database
  • Manage document management system, including writing R&D Standard Operating Procedures
  • Partner with Procurement to search for alternate ingredients for formula cost optimization projects
  • Promote and sustain effective working relationships with outside key partners

Personal Attributes

  • Strong organizational skills (ability to manage multiple projects)
  • Practical learning (assimilating and applying new information)
  • Comfortable working at a rapid pace in which decisions often have to make with limited data on hand
  • Able to work independently and take the lead when required
  • Detailed oriented
  • Strong execution orientation
  • Inquisitive, solution-oriented and creative
  • High integrity and ability to exercise good judgment
  • Sets high standards
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills. Ability to work with multiple functions
  • Quality minded

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS degree in food science
  • 7+ years of relevant work experience in product development in the food industry; experience in pet food is desirable
  • Working knowledge of packaging functionality is a plus
  • Product formulation and formulation chemistry with food products, knowledge of functional ingredients desirable
  • Working knowledge of product development protocols, including formula development, testing, specifications setting
  • Basic knowledge of canine/feline nutrition is helpful
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel)
  • Basic knowledge of project management

Travel Requirements: Requires travel up to 35% of time

Compensation and Benefits: Competitive compensation package includes health and dental insurance, life and AD&D insurance, flexible spending accounts, health savings account, short and long-term disability, paid time off, Purpose Days off for company partner volunteer opportunities, and 401k with company match.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Product Formulation: 5 years (Preferred)
  • Product Development: 7 years (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • St. Louis, MO (Preferred)

Required travel:

  • 25% (Preferred)


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