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R&D Scientist - Terminal Island, CA

For more than 120 years, The J. M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that bring families together to share memorable meals and moments. Today, Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of consumer food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America with annual net sales of approximately $8 billion. In consumer foods and beverages, its brands include Smucker's®, Folgers®, Jif®, Dunkin’ Donuts®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, Café Bustelo®, Martha White®, truRoots®, Sahale Snacks®, Robin Hood®, and Bick’s®. In pet food and pet snacks, its brands include Meow Mix®, Milk- Bone®, Kibbles 'n Bits®, Natural Balance®, and 9Lives®. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. For more information about the Company, visit


o   Requires in-depth knowledge and experience

o   Uses best practices and knowledge of internal or external business issues to improve products or services

o   Solves complex problems; takes a new perspective using existing solutions

o   Works independently, with guidance in only complex situations (e.g., when decisions have functional or organizational impact)

o   Generally acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience; mentor a small number of individuals in own area of expertise

o   Impacts a range of customer, operational, project or service activities within own team and other related teams; works generally independently within broad guidelines and processes

o   Requires conceptual and practical expertise in own discipline and basic knowledge of related disciplines

o   Partners with cross functional team members to develop key tasks and project plans for timely completion of goals

o   Establish and maintain relationships with external partners for product development opportunities

o   Provide leadership and take ownership of technical timelines for active projects

o   Accountable for the Technical Readiness portion for projects reviewed through a Stage Gate process



This position requires a BS degree or higher in Science (e.g., Food Science, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Packaging, Nutrition), Technology (e.g., Engineering Technology), or Engineering (Chemical, Food, Biomedical, etc.)

Years of Experience:

Depending on degree type/level, required experience will range from zero (0) to twelve (12) years

Special Requirements:

o   Approximately 30% Travel required

o   Must be willing/able to drive a company or rental vehicle as needed

o   Expertise with MS Office software (Excel, Outlook, Word, and Power Point)

PHYSICAL FUNCTIONS: Lifting, Bending, Sitting, Carrying, Standing, Other

OTHER:  Incumbent may be required to:

o   Walk, stand or sit for extended periods

o   Work and move freely and safely around manufacturing processes and equipment

o   Climb on stairs or ladders




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