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Food Scientist II - Downers Grove, IL


Tyson Foods, Inc.



Position Summary:

This position is responsible for developing emerging technologies and commercializing new and improved products and/or processes through guidance from their manager. This covers all stages of product development from concept through launch of a stage gate process. This includes product claims and nutrition, label development, process development, and writing new product specifications and ensuring food safety requirements are met. Understanding the cost benefits of different ingredients and/or having culinary experience is an added addition.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop culinary samples/prototypes of new products, modifying existing products, optimizing existing products, developing specifications
  • Develop product production labels and compiling cost analysis information
  • Strong working knowledge of the scientific methods and is expected to leverage knowledge related to ingredients, product formulation and food processing to support best in class development of new, innovative food products
  • Work with and influence cross functional team members (marketing, insights, sales, culinary, FSQA, operations and purchasing departments, coordinating with suppliers of ingredients) while ensuring smooth start-up for new product production processes
  • Work with process development to develop process flow charts for engineering
  • Ability and Initiative to grow within the organization and develop a personal development plan with your manager

Requirements for Food Scientist II:


  • BS, MS or PhD in Meat Science, Food science, or Food Engineering or related field.


  • Relative experience with new product innovation with consumer-packaged goods experience
  • To be considered with no experience, must have a PhD in Food Science, Meat Science, Food Engineering or related field, with M.S. minimum 3 years in Food Science, Meat Science, Food Engineering or related field, with B.S minimum 4 years in Food Science, Meat Science, Food Engineering or related field, with no degree you must have a minimum of 10 years relevant work experience.

Computer Skills:

  • Requires excellent computer skills with ability to fully utilize MS Office products and Tyson systems (or like systems)
  • Zoom or Teams experience preferred

Communication Skills:

  • Presentation skills required
  • Solid writing and verbal skills
  • Must have the ability to effectively communicate with cross functional business partners & train fellow team members on new processes

Special Skills:

  • Strong critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong project management skills and ability to drive timelines
  • Culinary prototyping and presentation skills are nice to have
  • Understanding of Stage gate Research and Development process a bonus
  • Understanding of regulatory labeling and food safety requirements

Supervisory: None currently


  • 25% - 12+ domestic trips per year
  • Travel will be required to accomplish our internal and external customer needs
  • This includes customer meetings, plant production facilities for testing and commercialization of new products, process trouble shooting and any other regular business needs.

Long term growth opportunities: Individual contributors or management in the future

Work Shift:

1ST SHIFT (United States of America)

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Tyson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, national origin, color, religion, age, genetics, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.

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