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Food Scientist - Product Developer - Englewood Cliffs, NJ


Background & Purpose of the Job

Unilever R&D is looking for a talented Product Developer based in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. As a member of the R&D team you will be developing innovative plant-based meat alternative products for the exciting and ever evolving food market. Whether that’s meeting the need for sustainable, healthy, delicious, guilt free experiences, localizing a global offering, or bringing the world’s most exciting plant-based technologies to our North America market. In this journey at an exponential pace we are looking for a Senior Product Developer who has the passion to change the world.

  • Lead/support technical development (recipe, specifications) for plant-based products.
  • Support R&D initiatives of innovation, quality, nutrition, cost savings, complexity reduction and sustainability by design.
  • Works as a leader as well as a member of a cross functional project team to deliver projects on time and in full.
  • Works and interacts with culinary and supply chain teams supporting business need.

Who You Are & What You’ll Do

  • Lead/support technical delivery of projects through design and execution of test protocols and implementation of the various technical aspects of projects as required e.g. formulation development, prototypes, conducting shelf life testing, and analytical testing. Ability to independently design products against technical briefs, safety requirements, design/execute pilot tests/trials.
  • Lead the process of specification/label creation in SAP PLM from the request to the approved status; Be the material expert and lead creation of new specifications for new ingredients.
  • Organize and participate in plant trials while providing formulation adjustment recommendations as needed to support innovation, quality, cost savings and complexity reduction initiatives.
  • Support quality investigations using root cause analysis and problem-solving techniques as required for existing and new products.
  • Support cost savings (VIP) initiatives and supply chain efficiency projects including assessment of feasibility of new ideas and troubleshooting activities where product formulation knowledge is essential.
  • Present information to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Carry out work for support of product claims (KBS, Demos), risk management, ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory
  • Perform product and ingredient physical-chemical analyses according to needs & use of available digital tools & predictive models
  • Mentor junior developers
  • To support with technical information in case of need to protect technology/formulation IP.
  • Analyze and interpret data with guidance on final conclusions.
  • Demonstrate flexibility to manage multiple priorities.
  • Develop strong relationships and communicate effectively with cross functional teams.
  • Adapt to daily challenges and priority changes within a face paced business environment.

You’re a born leader: Pro-active self-direction with a high level of initiative and persistence and a very much hands-on approach to results delivery

You’re a dot connector: Ability to manage complex relationships and solve complex problems

You love to win, and have fun doing it: Passion for product development and extremely customer/consumer focus

You’re a changemaker: Ability to identify and address emerging issues as well as set and manage priorities and continuously improve processes and practices

You’re a culture & change champion: Comfort with multi-tasking and operating in a fast paced, multi-faceted, and multi-cultural environment

What You’ll Need To Succeed

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Food Science or equivalent degree required
  • 3-5 years of experience in product development. Solid experience with plant-based ingredients leading formulation workstream, specification systems, knowledge/experience in texturized vegetable proteins and/or meat processing and good understanding of Supply Chain.
  • Processing Engineering knowledge preferred.
  • No dietary or food allergy restrictions.
  • 20-40% travel required.

By applying for this vacancy, you are confirming that you have made your Line Manager aware of your application and that you are at a point in your career with Unilever where it is appropriate for you to be applying for other positions,


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