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Food Scientist

Location:

NJ-Neptune City

Job Code:

2439

# of openings:

1


Description

TFH Publications/Nylabone Products, a leading pet supply manufacturer is seeking a Food Scientist to work in our Neptune, NJ location. 

Nylabone® Products is a respected producer of premium dog products, and the Leader in Responsible Pet Care for Over 50 Years®. Nylabone is a division of T.F.H. Publications, Inc., the world’s most distinguished publisher of high-quality care and training books for pets, and a founding member of the American Pet Products Association (APPA). Nylabone is recognized for its excellence, quality, innovation and leadership in today’s pet industry. Its patented and patent-pending products are frequently industry award-winners. T.F.H./Nylabone is a subsidiary of Central Garden & Pet Company.  A majority of our products are innovated, designed, engineered, and manufactured in Neptune City, NJ. 

The Food Scientist at our TFH/Nylabone Products manufacturing facility is accountable for providing leadership in our pet product development efforts.  This role owns product development and quality and through hands-on action ensuring Nylabone branded products meet or exceed consumer requirements.

For more information, visit www.nylabone.com. The company culture can be characterized as entrepreneurial, profit oriented, highly customer responsive and team focused.

Please see our web site for additional company information – www.central.com

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

• Develops and orchestrates pet food product development processes and systems
• Leads the product innovation process for the TFH business unit
• Drives high integrity in product standards, formulas, product/ingredient specifications that meet operations, regulatory, consumer/customer needs, including final product economics of production
• Embraces existing and introduces new business processes, such as LEAN; incorporating the principles into every day work, and contributing to continuous improvement to increase their effectiveness and efficiency
• Champion development and introduction of new product innovation for Nylabone, translating experimental and consumer learning and technical expertise into effective offering news that delights our consumers and drives profitable growth.
• Work closely with the Marketing and Creative Development team in establishing innovative products and success criteria.
• Identify new areas for innovation, claims/nutritional potential, improved profitability and increased sustainability through 1) Maintaining a keen awareness of competitive products, and new developments in product, ingredient and processing technologies, grocery, pet specialty, mass retailer trends and other external consumer or customer trends that could influence industry and product direction. 2) Effectively incorporating these learning’s into business plans to drive new idea potential.
• As a leader, actively participate in and influence initiatives to enhance the TFH/Nylabone organization.

EXPERIENCE/SKILLS/EDUCATION

• BS required in Food Science, Food Chemistry, Cereal Technology, Food/Chemical Engineering or related field.  Advanced degrees MS or PH.D. in related scientific field strongly preferred
• Strong preference for pet food development experience and animal nutrition expertise
• A minimum of ten to fifteen years of successful product development experience in a fast-paced CPG environment.
• Extruding experience is vital to the success in this role.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively lead a product development function that drives quality and innovation, along with an entrepreneurial spirit and results orientation.
• Must possess strong regulatory as well as food safety knowledge.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Must be creative, highly skilled and innovative.  Prefer a candidate in-role today.
• Proven scientific skills, financial business acumen and mature judgment.

CENTRAL GARDEN & PET IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER OF FEMALES, MINORITIES, VETERANS, AND DISABLED

CENTRAL GARDEN & PET IS A VEVRAA FEDERAL CONTRACTOR

 

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