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Product Development Specialist - Bedford Park, IL

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Product Development Specialist

Vegetable Juices, Inc.

A Naturex Company

Bedford Park, IL

Vegetable Juices, Inc. (VJI) has over 80 years of experience and dedication to processing premium natural vegetable juices, purees and flavorings. VJI is an innovator, fast growing, and leading manufacturer, within the Food Ingredient Industry and is currently seeking a motivated Product Development Specialist.

The Product Development Specialist applies scientific principles in research, development, and utilization of foods.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Conducts basic research, new product research, and development of foods/ingredient structures.
  • Tests new products in test kitchen and develop specific processing methods in laboratory and or Pilot Plant.
  • Confers with Sales team and internal resources to meet customerís needs.
  • Develops new products based on internal resources to meet customer demands
  • Utilizes scientific methods to develop knowledge that creates business opportunities that support the company strategic objectives.
  • Work closely with engineers to develop prototypes for products.
  • Oversee production trial runs at co-packerís facilities.
  • Responsible for oversight of new products through the commercialization process.
  • Sources new ingredients to meet demands of new product formulation.
  • Work with suppliers to deliver quality products.
  • Accountable for overall documentation and communication of new product formulations.
  • Perform basic economic evaluations on ingredients, ingredient suppliers and product formulations.
  • Other responsibilities as required.

Education and Qualifications

  • BS in Food Science or related field (Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, etc.)
  • Masterís is a plus
  • 3-5 Years in product development experience
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusion.
  • Ability to travel Up to 20% of time within the United States.

Skills & Specification:

  • Must have good organizational skills and ability to develop and manage multiple priorities.
  • Results -oriented with strong attention to detail and meet deadlines.
  • Good problem solving skills with the emphasis on presenting solutions.
  • A team player with good interpersonal skills with demonstrated good judgement, initiative and works with a sense of urgency.
  • Good computer skills including database systems.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Intermediate computer competence/skills (including MS Office).

We offer a COMPETITIVE SALARY and EXCELLENT BENEFITS, including life insurance, health, dental, vision, profit sharing, company-matched 401(k), and more. For a chance to be part of a great team environment in a fast-growing company, email your resume.

We are an equal opportunity employer and provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, we comply with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Product Development: 3 years (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)

Onboarding time:

  • 1-3 months


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