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R & D Food Scientist - Garner, NC


Lead product development and process improvement efforts in Renovation R&D by organizing, managing and coordinating key projects from conception to commercialization. Provide technical support to the operations, sales and marketing teams.


  • Organize and manage the R&D activities of assigned projects to ensure work is properly prioritized and completed in timely manner to deliver results.
  • Execute new products from conception to commercialization by working with sales, marketing, operation, purchasing and quality assurance.
  • Maintain external and marketplace awareness related to new concepts, products, ingredients and technologies.
  • Proactively engage team members to communicate and lead technical support for development of new products and technologies.
  • Identify and recommend new raw materials, ingredients, materials and processes that improve products and reduce cost.
  • Identify, test and implement new processes and product formulas that lead to new products, cost savings and quality improvements.
  • Provide technical support to operations to ensure product excellence and cost efficiency.
  • Provide technical support to the Marketing and Sales teams to service existing customers and help gain new ones.
  • Support continuous improvement opportunities and solutions directed at improving profitability, product quality, food safety and capital avoidance.
  • Actively seek to enhance technical skills through project experience, seminars, professional conference and training programs.


  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in food Science or related Field.
  • Poultry science / poultry processing experience preferred.
  • Minimum 1-3 years industry experience managing research and development projects.
  • Position requires excellent oral and written communication, analytical, time management and human relation skills.
    Demonstrated knowledge and experience in food technology, ingredient technology and food processing.
  • Experience with new product launches, problem solving and creative thinking.
  • Demonstrated ability to use new technology to significantly improve profitability, product quality, food safety and manufacturing complexity issues.
  • Success in this role requires technical/functional depth and an action- oriented work ethic to drive results.
  • Proficient in MS office suite
  • Travel – this position will be required to travel to plant facilities as needed for conduction pilot plant testing, commercialization scale up support and capturing data. At times travel could be up to 50%. Expectation would be at least 2 days / week in Mount Olive potentially more pending project needs.



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