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Job Title

Sr. Food Scientist / Food Process Engineer

Date Posted



Idaho Falls, ID

Job Description

"Enhancing the Lives of Those We Touch by Helping People Reach Their Goals”


Melaleuca has firmly supported this mission statement since our humble beginning in 1985. Everything we accomplish is done with an eye toward promoting the physical, environmental, financial, and personal wellness of those around us. Our focus has always been on wellness. By manufacturing and selling effective, high quality, natural, health oriented products we help people live more vibrant, healthier, and happier lives.  When you walk through the doors at Melaleuca, you can feel it immediately. This is The Wellness Company.

We have achieved consistent and profitable growth with our annual revenue consistently hitting over $1 billion dollars. We now have over 3,400 employees and operate in 19 countries around the world.  Melaleuca is positioned to grow even more rapidly in upcoming years.


This position offers you the opportunity to make a difference at one of the world's top health and wellness companies as you assume a key leadership role as a Sr. Food Scientist / Food Process Engineer for the Product Development team. You will expand your skills and experience across our Sports Nutrition, Weight Management and Healthy Snacking product lines.  We foster an open, energizing and collaborative environment and our team is made up of passionate professionals who deliver to high standards but also have fun in the process. While R&D is a strategic driving force in our global organization our R&D team is relatively small, so your successes will be noticed.


Job Summary 

The Sr. Food Scientist / Food Process Engineer has responsibilities to develop new products  for the  Sports Nutrition, Weight Management and Healthy Snacking markets, to enact improvements on existing products and to ensure finished product quality.  This individual will closely work with other functions within Melaleuca and external partners to identify new technologies and deliver superior products that delight consumers while meeting safety and regulatory requirements.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads and supports Vitality for Life Foods and bench top/pilot line product development and commercialization of new products and line extensions. Responsible for leading development and commercialization of various food and beverage product forms and leading innovation development with particular emphasis on our Vitality for Life business
  • Formula development and optimization with good understanding of the nutritional composition
  • Work with manufacturing and engineering to define and optimize equipment and process conditions
  • Develop consumer meaningful product labeling that meets regulatory guidelines
  • Travel as required to support projects and business objectives.
  • Test and recommend alternative ingredients and/or processes that would improve product quality and/or process efficiency.
  • Assist in working with co-manufacturers on product development projects.
  • Keep up to date on new ingredient and process technologies and be able to write specifications for new ingredients
  • Evaluate data from and report outcome of testing to cross functional teams; identify and communicate issues/risks
  • Follow through on administrative tasks that support project objectives and departmental objectives.
  • Coordinate/communicate with Execution Team to ensure production start-up
  • Optimize existing product formulas for cost savings and quality.
  • Works closely with Marketing in setting product direction, establishing priorities, and recommending new development ideas.


Qualifications: A successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to formulate, develop and commercialize new and existing products; lead projects and coordinate the efforts of the various groups involved in the New Product Development process including marketing, suppliers, operations, and quality assurance and manufacturing.

  • Bachelors or Masters Degree in Food Science, Food Processing or similar field.
  • Minimum 5+ years product development experience– Sports Nutrition, Weight Management and Healthy Snacking is preferred.
  • Experience and understanding of sensory testing, shelf life testing and statistical analysis.
  • Experience with the processing of powders such as blending, agglomeration and tableting
  • Global regulatory and QA knowledge preferred
  • Excellent formulation skills, knowledge of ingredient functionality
  • 25% travel (US & Canada)


Just as important as your experience and skills will be the following characteristics and competencies:

  • A natural orientation for continuous improvement and problem solving.
  • A collaborative approach and willingness to engage in an environment of active idea sharing.
  • Sharp organizational skills and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • The ability to produce consistent quality under deadline pressure while paying careful attention to detail.
  • Self-motivation and a strong sense of ownership and accountability.


Company Description

Melaleuca is one of the leading Health and Wellness companies in the world with over 3,400 employees and revenues in excess of $1.2B. We manufacture and distribute nutritional, pharmaceutical, personal care, facial care, home hygiene, and other wellness products and distribute them directly to the consumer through a full-service catalog and Internet shopping system. We carefully craft products used every day with the highest standards of safety, health, and wellness in mind.

This revolutionary system is changing the way hundreds of thousands of people shop by eliminating middlemen and reducing marketing and distribution costs. This enables the company to spend more on research and high-quality, ecologically-sensible ingredients, while maintaining reasonable prices.


Great culture—the customer service team is fun and passionate about delighting our customers. Flexibility is a must in this position; you'll become a part of a fast-paced team dedicated to a feel-good lifestyle brand dedicated to changing lives. Like the rest of Melaleuca, we are proud to be part of a values-driven organization that treats employees with respect. Our employees and their families enjoy company parties and countless discounts around the community. We implement a very real open-door policy, and all employees are on a first name basis—it feels more like a family than a multi-national corporation.


Excellent compensation—in addition to a competitive wage and bonus incentive program, we offer comprehensive benefits for our full-time employees that include all you would expect plus some remarkable surprises, such as a longevity bonus. Right here on-site, we provide childcare, a fitness center, free concierge service, and an employee restaurant.


The next step is yours. To apply today, click on the "Apply online" button below.


(8am-5pm M-F)


Corporate Headquarters


United States



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