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Food Scientist - Vineland, NJ


Archer Daniels Midland Company



At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at

Are you a hardworking food scientist looking to join an outstanding team and be able to make an immediate impact on the business?

Food Scientist- Vineland, NJ

This is an exempt position.
The purpose of this role is to independently provide and present innovative formulas meeting customer requirements as well as lead selected development and customer programs.

Job Description

  • Supports customers in the development of efficient, stable food base, utilizing flavors, flavor systems and/or specialty ingredient products. Completes relevant stability testing, costing estimates, documentation and commercialization.
  • May accompany account managers on sales calls as technical support food bases; will have direct customer interaction, through email, phone calls &/or face-to-face meetings.
  • May reduce formula costs on existing food bases, completing vital stability and commercialization efforts, to optimize efficiencies and margins.
  • May utilize internal team functions to support development of food bases – sensory, marketing, analytical, etc.
  • May participate in conceptualization, descriptive panels, design thinking / rapid prototyping, etc as a means of food base development.
  • May provide technical representation to cross-function / strategic focus teams
  • Evaluates and recommends new sources of raw materials and laboratory tools.
  • Updates and maintains related documentation pertaining to food bases, processes and customers (i.e. demos/tasting sheets, etc).
  • May support production runs for select customers and/or projects; issues summary reports for each run.
  • With the assistance of Technical Services, trouble-shoots any issues regarding formulations/manufacturing procedures, etc; makes recommendations and implements them based on trouble-shooting research.
  • May advise lab technicians in execution of work.
  • Understands and continues to acquire product processing and ingredient/ingredient interaction knowledge.
  • Performs multiple tasks daily, with the flexibility of re-arranging daily workload to accommodate higher priority needs.
  • Must remain aware of industry trends, and have the ability to relate those trends into commercializable products.
  • Follows basic GMP, ISO Procedures, GLP, Safety, Lab Notebooks and/or other electronic record keeping tools.
  • Ensures screened flavors have all Application Data stored in Genesis, and LEAD systems for each application.

Job Requirements

  • BS or higher with 6-8 years’ experience (Food Science or related) or High School Diploma or Associate Degree, with 9+ years’ experience.
  • Confident with basic calculations, ratio scaling, fraction proportioning, percentage calculations, along with graphing techniques, predictive modeling, etc.
  • Understands common scientific terminology, basic chemistry terms and concepts, basic human physiology, along with intermediate Chemistry and Biology knowledge including chemical elements, compounds, reactions and terminology.
  • Familiar with basic food science principles, including knowledge of food chemistry, lipids, carbohydrates, proteins and the principles of food processing.
  • Efficient usage of computer systems, internet access, Microsoft WORD, EXCEL and Email (or similar program), along with ability to build, edit, manipulate WORD and EXCEL files as well as basic presentation development using PowerPoint or other.
  • Ability to work closely within a team with productive results. Able to share workload with others. Able to communicate in a friendly yet business appropriate manner.
  • Proven ability to plan, prioritize and lead the efforts to accomplish a successful project; a project is a one-time activity that produces a specific output.
  • Has basic knowledge of target industry including key companies, technologies, cost and geographical factors. Appropriate understanding of consumer drivers.
  • Able to successfully utilize basic instrument calibration, usage and reporting skills.
  • Identification of p problem/root cause identification, alternative solution consideration and ultimate recommendation and selection of workable solution.
  • Excellent Communication skills, both written and verbal; able to prepare basic business and Email correspondence with appropriate word selection and usage as well as clearly provide verbal communication to supervisors, managers, team members and business contacts. Able to express ideas and needs clearly.

Additional information:

Relocation assistance may be available with this position.
This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life and dental insurance.
ADM requires the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and a background check.



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