This position is responsible for development and commercialization of new
products; reformulation of products to improve quality characteristics,
processing efficiencies or ingredient cost; for testing alternate
ingredient vendors; for deigning specifications and standards; and
maintaining accurate lab records. This position must handle multiple
projects demands and deadlines, organizing workload while maintaining
accurate, detailed documentation of tasks and results.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Develop, maintain and achieve
product development plans and timelines, including key tasks and
milestones to meet project deliverables.
- Develop bench top prototypes
that meet product concept parameters.
- Plan and execute experiments,
including analyzing and summarizing results.
- Plan and implement consumer
tests in conjunction with Consumer Research Manager and marketing.
- Plan, monitor and document
plant trials and initial plant runs for successful commercialization
of new products.
- Reformulate products or
processes for product improvement, cost reduction or manufacturing
- Qualify new supplies through
evaluation of raw materials to ensure compliance with ingredient
specification and finished product quality.
- Identify and implement
product optimization opportunities to reduce cost and conduct sensory
- Work with customers as needed
in new product development and reformulations.
- Conduct competitive product
evaluation and maintain competitive product databases as required.
- Maintain awareness of current
trends in consumer taste preferences and nutrition.
- Keep accurate records of lab
work, documentation of ingredients used, formulation
- Maintain knowledge,
understanding and adhere to safety policies, USDA, GMP’s, QA, HACCP,
Sanitation rules and regulations, and company policies.
- Regular and dependable
attendance and punctuality is an essential function of this position.
- Perform all other duties as
SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS:
- B.S. or M.S. degree in Food
Science and one to three years’ experience in the food industry or
equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Basic understanding of
ingredient functionality/interactions and sensory evaluation
- Ability to manage multiple
tasks and projects; manage to established deadlines.
- Strong organizational skills
and ability to perform with minimal supervision.
- Strong communication skills
with the ability to communicate clearly with all levels of personnel
trough verbal, written and electronic modes.
- Strong project management
skills with the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and
- Strong skills in Microsoft
Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.
- An adept critical thinker
with excellent problem solving skills.
- Ability to holistically
analyze opportunities and risk and formulate well-reasoned
recommendations for the business.
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Job Type: Full-time
- food industry or equivalent
combination of education and exper: 1 year