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Research Scientist I
Welch's - Boston, MA

 

POSITION OVERVIEW: Our Research & Development department is seeking an exceptional individual to work in our world class facility in Concord, MA. The Product Development Research Scientist I will develop and execute action plans to deliver key project objectives in support of Strategic plans and initiatives. The Scientist regularly interfaces with Marketing, Operations and Sales to achieve project objectives.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plans and implements specific phases of product development projects, focusing on innovation, renovation and technology projects.
  • Act as a business partner with cross-functional colleagues on project team (Supply Chain, Marketing, Sales, Consumer Insights, Finance) to ensure project success
  • Create science based specifications that deliver quality and cost
  • Connects consumer needs and opportunities to products and concepts. Develop prototypes to prompt ideation, consumer conversations, and internal discussions
  • Develops specific action plans to accomplish project goals. Includes experimental design and execution of bench top, pilot plant, and plant trials, where appropriate.
  • Conducts product and process development of new products, line extensions, and cost improvements from research through commercialization.
  • Develops and validates formula, ingredient, label, and sensory specifications.
  • Surveys industry for trends and partners with suppliers to identify and obtain new ingredients
  • Applies sound scientific techniques in analysis of project goals and action plans (i.e., experimental design, statistics, etc.).
  • Gains understanding of food product development, consumer test design/implementation/analysis, and fundamental underlying science/technology.
  • Broadens knowledge of applicable manufacturing processes, packages, and food science principles as they apply to product development.
  • Leads Technical project team, including process, packaging, regulatory, food safety and quality, to design and develop products.
  • Lead and manage technical timeline to ensure quality product is brought to market according to the project timeline.
  • Demonstrates awareness and practice of safety procedures, GMPs, HACCP, food regulations, and the implications for product/science development.
  • Identifies opportunities based on technical knowledge to enable delivering business goals in ways not thought of before.
  • Identifies and shares technical research and business insight (within R&D/CQA and non-R&D/CQA disciplines) that creates the foundation for innovative solutions in support of the new product pipeline and new products.
  • Gains a strong understanding of grape ingredients and cost structure to drive usage in current and new products.
  • Demonstrates project team leadership by actively involving appropriate individuals in delivery of objectives.
  • Manages external partnerships including turn-key flavor suppliers and contract laboratories.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Skills to work in a lab, pilot plant, and manufacturing scale environments
  • Demonstrated balance between business acumen and scientific curiosity/critical thinking in order to analyze and solve problems.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a proven track record of independently communicating and influencing effectively across R&D/CQA and cross-functional partners; demonstrated ability to achieve project team alignment in delivery of product development projects
  • Enjoy working in a cross-functional environment
  • Project management skills and be able to work under tight timelines
  • Strong presentation skills with a broad variety of audiences
  • Strong desire for results and ability to bring projects to completion
  • Be a champion of the product development and stage gate process
  • Highly organized and able to prioritize tasks in order to meet deadlines
  • Flexibility and adaptability to change

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum BS required in Food Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, or other related scientific discipline
  • Minimum of 4+ years of related industry experience
  • Must have experience in food science and the product development process
  • Willingness to travel 5-10%

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