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Research & Development Lead Scientist

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Bethlehem, PA


Just Born, Inc. is recruiting for a Research and Development Lead Scientist to drive the design, development and delivery of novel confectionery products. The incumbent will provide strong technical leadership through collaborative relationships to identify innovative brand building initiatives and productivity/cost reduction opportunities. This includes the application of strong project management skills to plan and manage plant trial, commercialization, sales samples and start up activities, ensuring effective technology transfer. This role will develop and oversee stability protocols and testing, analyze data and make recommendations. The Lead Scientist will utilize nutritional software to develop mandatory labeling information for products; ensuring formulations and ingredients meet all regulatory requirements.

  • .Functions as key technical leader for research and development of new product initiatives from ideation through commercialization and start up. Creates strong networks and alliances with internal customers to design, develop and deliver inventive, consumer preferred products that support brand and companyís strategic objectives.
  • Fosters close functional relationships with internal stakeholders including Marketing, Quality Assurance, Packaging Development and Innovation, Engineering, Maintenance, Procurement, and Manufacturing. Leads cross functional efforts and project timelines for problem solving, cost savings, and quality improvement.
  • Actively participates in defining consumer testing and sensory guidance needs for applicable new product opportunities. Reviews proposals and provides insight and recommendations.
  • Develops plans and manages all plant trial, commercialization, and start up activities. Demonstrates independent thinking and creative flair to solve problems that arise during trials and scale up. Utilizes excellent written and verbal communication and can provide decisive decision making during the life course of a project.
  • Provides technical leadership and insight throughout product lifecycle to ensure effective technology transfer. Develops and deploys documentation to support successful production and commercialization of new product endeavors. Actively identifies opportunities to solve product quality problems, to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
  • Actively engages Procurement, Finance, and Manufacturing to develop robust, well defined product cost models during product development lifecycle. Leverages business knowledge to identify and initiate margin enhancement opportunities as they relate to product, package, process and/or efficiency.
  • Develops thorough stability protocols and oversees testing. Applies advanced interpretation of results and data. Issues reports and recommendations.
  • Leads Research and Development and/or manufacturing resources to prepare sales samples. Clearly communicates information pertaining to objectives, formulation, ingredients, process techniques, timing, and packaging.


  • Bachelorís degree in Food Science or related discipline
  • Minimum four years of increasing leadership experience in consumer product development role, confectionery industry experiences a plus
  • A demonstrated history of successful product launches
  • Strong working knowledge of food science, health and nutrition, food manufacturing processes, GFSI principles, and ingredient supplier networks
  • Ability to employ advanced interpretation of data and make recommendations
  • A detail oriented, self-starter who is adaptable and shows flexibility in approach to changing situations
  • Excellent analytical, teamwork, verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office products and ESHA/Genesis nutritional software system. SAP experience a plus


Qualified interested parties should submit a cover letter with salary requirements and resume in Microsoft Word format.  No phone calls please.

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