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Food Scientist Lisle, IL

McCain Foods USA Inc.




Provides leadership and/or supports multiple global and regional projects with an emphasis on new product development, product line extensions, product/process improvements, cost reduction, margin improvement, or other work as assigned for US Potato business.  Work in partnership with the other disciplines involved in the project team following the general principles of project management. 

Oversees projects and experiment execution:

  • Manages multiple product development projects from conception to commercialization
  • Develops new product concepts and prototypes
  • Translates project objectives into experimental design
  • Provides experimental/project conclusions, summaries, recommendations and changes to plan
  • Identifies, selects and approves new raw materials
  • Specifies and approves product packaging material, size, labelling and regulatory requirements
  • Selects and applies appropriate manufacturing processes and equipment
  • Develops and implements all product documents, specifications and related technical costing information
  • Assists in the development and completion of project timelines with business team

Coordinates plant scale tests:

  • Prepares written outline of test objectives or line test request document
  • Prepares necessary ingredients for plant scale test
  • Sets up and conducts meeting with plant representatives
  • Communicates objectives, special needs, accept/reject criteria to plant representatives
  • Oversees plant scale tests
  • Responsible for assuring that the tests objectives are met
  • Prepares written assessment of plant scale test proceedings and results
  • Assists in process optimization projects and problem resolution with Technical Services, Operations, Engineering, QA and other departments as assigned
  • Evaluates and adjusts product and manufacturing cost parameters to meet operational and sales objectives

Technical Support:

  • Provides technical support in identifying and solving product design and manufacturing issues
  • Coordinates product presentations for both internal and external customers

Project Management:

  • May supervise the activities of one or more individuals
  • Provides effective project leadership
  • Generates timelines taking into consideration all aspects of the project such as cost, conditions of satisfaction from gate 0 to gate 2. 
  • Demonstrates scientific/technical writing ability
  • Contains understanding of Stage/Gate process
  • Maintains all project documents for R&D and Stage/Gate purposes.

Suppliers and Customers:

  • Interface with customers, suppliers and co-packers, as required, to meet Department and Company objectives:
  • Leads or supports assigned projects at co-packers
  • Realizes customer needs by developing new concepts or product improvement opportunities, prototypes and products
  • Coordinates raw material sourcing, evaluation and improvement activities with suppliers
  • Assists Sales and Marketing in developing and delivering effective customer presentations and training


  • Ability to travel up to 25%, or as project load and training may require.


Required Education & Experience:

  • Minimum: Bachelor's or Master's in Food Science or related Science or discipline
  • 3 years demonstrated successful experience in food product development or food science area. Basic ingredient knowledge of batters and functional ingredients preferred. Ability to troubleshoot is preferred.

Research and Development       

United States of America




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