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R&D Samples - Corporate, Sandpoint ID

Litehouse Foods, Inc.





The R&D Samples position encompasses a critical support role by managing and executing 1) the R&D samples preparation and shipment activities (including pulling current production items, out-of-stock production items, and experimental products), along with 2) maintaining the R&D labs raw material inventories and testing supplies. These two areas of responsibility are required to successfully produce R&D product samples for both internal and external customers in addition to maintaining an efficient/productive R&D lab facility. The R&D Samples activities are critical for the execution of R&D projects and providing product support to both Sales and Marketing.


Guiding Principles – Culture – Service:


  • Responsible for driving the Litehouse culture through company guiding principles
  • Accountable for outstanding Customer service to all internal and external Customers
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships through collaboration and consistent timely communication
  • Help uphold a “Team Member” environment supporting others with positive behavior


Essential Job Functions – Duties and Responsibilities


  • Produce finished product samples, in varied amounts, as required to support various Litehouse business functions, i.e. Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service. Assemble food products in a laboratory setting utilizing strict scientific methodology and company development guidelines.
  • Manage the documentation process and resulting information flow generated by sample requests via written reports and updated R&D databases to create effective communication channels and historical records.
  • Execute protocols to replenish lab raw materials along with managing continuous replenishment schedules and organizational improvement to the raw material replenishment process.
  • Provide daily supervision, mentoring, and goal development for direct report employed in the R&D Samples Assistant position. The number and type of direct reports may increase as this business function evolves with this group.
  • Develop continued efforts to create a lab raw material replenishment methodology, which actively manages raw material inventory levels and provides timely replenishment of low stock levels.
  • Develop R&D samples process to reduce waste, create effective communications, and increase sample output.
  • Maintain a high level of competence and professionalism in a dynamic business environment (i.e., proficiency in driving team alignment on technical solutions and strategies).
  • Liaise, as directed by direct supervisor, with internal Litehouse departments such as Purchasing, Quality Assurance, Regulatory, and Marketing, to align and streamline execution of activities required to successful execute upon R&D projects.
  • Liaise with Human Resources to practice and enforce environmental, health, and safety standards.
  • Responsibility to adhere to Food Safety policies and report food safety and quality concerns to their supervisor.
  • Other activities and duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities:


  • R&D Samples Assistant

Minimum Qualifications Required to Perform Work:


  • Education: Associate of Science (A.S.) or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) preferred, in general or applied sciences or High School Diploma/GED equivalent required.
  • Experience: 2-3 years related experience in Research and Development or related field.
  • Experience effectively using mechanical processes to generate stable emulsions and a working knowledge with food emulsion systems and their component attributes; including flavor, texture/rheology, and visual components – color and particulate with respect to the mechanisms of emulsification is required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite with emphasis on advanced SharePoint, Excel and Word utilization.
  • Experience using ROSS computer systems or other mainframe-based computer systems preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to read and write correspondence and use basic technical/scientific terminology.
  • Must have strong verbal and written communications skills with ability to express ideas effectively and efficiently with the ability to present information in one-on-one and small group situations to other employees (both technical and non-technical) within the Litehouse organization.
  • Demonstrated understanding of basic mathematics and more advanced mathematical concepts, including computing rates, ratios and percentages, and constructing, analyzing and interpreting information graphically.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Ability to establish & maintain effective working relationships with all contacts inside the company.
  • Ability to meet attendance requirements.

Travel Requirements:


Travel up to __none__% of the time should be expected.


Physical Demands:


Sitting – 15% Walking – 25% Standing – 60%

Near Acuity Speaking – Ordinary Speech Hearing – Ordinary Conversation

Manual Dexterity – Computer Keyboard Fingering


Work Environment:


Normal Office Environment

Exposure to fluorescent lights

Food laboratory setting with analytical equipment and diagnostics chemicals

Food manufacturing environment with loud noises, minimal lighting, wet surfaces, and personal protection equipment (PPE)


The duties listed in this position description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


Litehouse, Inc. is a 100% Employee Owned Company-EEO-AA

We invite all interested parties with the qualifications for this position to complete our online application.

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