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Food Scientist - Caldwell, ID 83607


The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


This role works under the direction of the Director Food Science and collaborates with Agronomists, Regulatory and other Food Scientists to test new potato varieties for use in fresh, refrigerated, frozen, chips, French fries, formed, and dehydrated products. They will assist in designing new foods from conception through introduction in the market place. This includes developing early prototypes, developing processes, pilot plant scale-up and implementation at the plant level. Collaborates with the other divisions including food processing, food safety, quality assurance, regulatory, sensory, potato variety development, engineering, and culinary sciences. Performs work assigned by others and assigns work to others. Technical leadership of assigned projects. Provides time / resource estimates for assigned projects. May develop solutions to complex market development problems.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist in developing new potato products, optimize processes, and work with Senior Food Scientists, Director Food Science, the Director Strategy Business Development and the New Markets Director to obtain capability for processing through Simplot facilities, outsourcing, or developing new capacity as needed.
  • Manage projects assigned by the Director Food Scientist in product development efforts from concept initiation through product launch. Takes leadership in establishing quality specifications, nutritional labeling, plant start-ups, and defining tests needed to assure product quality and safety.
  • Supervise control and disposal of regulated raw plant materials to ensure that all USDA regulatory requirements are adhered to including product containment, obtaining permits, completing tracking records, training personnel in procedures, and any noncompliance reporting.
  • Along with the Agronomists and Food Scientists, organize and complete testing of new Plant Sciences varieties as needed for the fresh, refrigerated, french fry, formed, chip, dehydrated or other markets.
  • Design experiments, complete statistical analysis, summarize and interpret data, develop product specifications and communicate results.
  • Manage personnel, equipment and resources needed to support Plant Sciences in the development of food products.
  • Work with other divisions within Simplot as needed to accomplish overall company objectives.
  • Assist in other areas as needed.

Typical Education

  • Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from 4 year college or university


Relevant Experience

  • 3-5 years related experience and/or training
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Food chemistry, potato growing practices, ingredient functionality, project management, food processing, good manufacturing practices, quality systems, sensory analysis, statistics, experimental design, basic computer skills, food science and food engineering.

Job Requisition ID: 4651

Travel Required: Less than 10%

Location(s): Tech Center - Caldwell

Country: United States

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**

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