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R&D Technologist - Blue Buffalo (Wet Pet Food Innovation & Renovation) - Golden Valley, MN 55427

Blue Buffalo

Job Description:

Blue Buffalo (BLUE), is one of the strongest and most recognized pet food brands in America, and the undisputed leader in Wholesome Natural pet food, the fastest growing segment of the market. At over four times the size of the next largest brand in this segment, BLUE has become the new mainstream brand that’s delivering products that pet parents are looking for, and connecting with them in a true, authentic way.

BLUE thinks of dogs and cats as family members, and believes their food should be natural and healthy. In fact, this was the motivation for the Bishop Family’s decision to create the Blue Buffalo Company. When the beloved Bishop family dog, Blue, faced a variety of health issues, Bill and his two sons, Billy and Chris, set out to create a pet food that was made with only the highest quality natural ingredients—the kind of things a family member deserves. Fifteen years later BLUE has, in many ways, accomplished what the Bishops set out to do—help our dogs and cats live happy, healthy lives.

BLUE has a broad portfolio of natural pet foods, enabling pet parents to satisfy their pet’s specific dietary, lifestyle and life-stage needs, offering them no-compromise product solutions.

The Blue Buffalo Wet Applications team has an opening for an R&D Technologist role supporting innovation, renovation and projects across wet pet food products. The role will encompass bench, pilot plant and occasional scale-up plant support to enable the development and commercialisation of product launches. An ideal candidate for this role should have a strong curiosity to learn and refine pet processing technologies, be comfortable in a fast-paced dynamic environment, bring organization and oversight to project details, and enjoy working with cross-functional teams.


  • Design, coordinate and execute experiments of Blue Buffalo wet pet food products from bench top to pilot scale manufacturing in concert with R&D scientists
  • Build “go-to” technical expertise in wet product pilot plant equipment and processing
  • Lead and hold accountability for trial management including scheduling, ingredient/material procurement, setup, product manufacture, thermal processing, data collection, and finished product testing
  • Collect data both manually and electronically; organise and document for future interpretation
  • Manage some projects independently while collaboratively supporting others
  • Build and leverage cross-functional and external networks to support and execute work
  • Participate in cross-functional meetings and represent ITQ points of view and next steps


  • 2-year degree preferred; high school diploma with 5 years of relatable experience
  • Comfortable in processing environment (pilot or plant scale) and operating equipment
  • Prior experience with food product development and associated laboratory work
  • Experience working in collaborative teams to deliver results
  • Basic computer and technology skills (MS Office, other computing programs)
  • Basic understanding of food safety and human safety
  • Critical thinking and strong problem-solving skills
  • Desire to learn new concepts quickly and apply in productive ways
  • Results-oriented with strong bias for action and high regard for quality of work
  • Ability to complete work without frequent daily direction
  • Ability to communicate effectively and collaborate in a cross-functional team environment
  • Effectively manage and prioritise multiple competing priorities
  • Agile with sound ability to flex across responsibilities as work needs shift


  • Prior work experience in meat or pet processing preferred; knowledge with thermal process/retort operation preferred
  • Demonstrated passion and creativity around equipment set-up and modification, food processing and product evaluation
  • Interpersonal ability to build relationships at all levels within the organization to advance work
  • A successful candidate may be asked to work overtime or weekends, before or after shift, to meet flexing project demands.


Company Overview:

We exist to make food the world loves. But we do more than that. Our company is a place that prioritizes being a force for good, a place to expand learning, explore new perspectives and reimagine new possibilities, every day. We look for people who want to bring their best — bold thinkers with big hearts who challenge one other and grow together. Because becoming the undisputed leader in food means surrounding ourselves with people who are hungry for what’s next.



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