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Scientist

Norwalk, CT, USA
Req #: 02365

 

Imagine...working for a company that knows that its people are the key to its success in the marketplace. A company in which achieving extraordinary results and having a stimulating work experience are part of the same process.

We cultivate and embrace a diverse employee population. We recognize that people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives fuel our growth and enrich our global culture.

We are looking for an individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, team oriented environment, likes to be challenged, and values the opportunity to make a difference.

General Summary: 

        The Scientist- Snacks Innovation Product Development is responsible for:
The coordination of complex and multi disciplined product development projects with minimal supervision. This includes ensuring that objectives, budget, and timelines are met. Leads more than 1 complex project at a time.

        Conduct bench, pilot plant, and plant trials to create prototypes for consumer testing.

        The identification and/or innovative creation of new & unique concepts/ingredients/formulas/prototypes to achieve business goals of commercializing new products and product forms.

        Innovative and practical application/modification of existing technologies to achieve business goals of commercializing new products or line extensions.

        Works in a team environment ensuring alignment with cross functional partners including Marketing, QC, Process Development, Packaging Development, Finance, Operations, and Purchasing.

        Provides technical leadership to assure smooth rollouts of new products or line extensions into operations

        Comprehensive product documentation to enable smooth commercialization and training of plant personnel.

        Demonstrates seasoned judgment and acts as a role model/mentor for more junior product developers.

        Actively engages members of the Campbell Soup Veg COE and IPT to further technical thinking and problem solving on projects

Primary Responsibilities:

        Identification, assessment, and validation of formulations from bench top to commercialization.

        Ensures all proper documentation is done correctly and on schedule.

        Manages the financial aspects of Product Development including ingredient costs and plant trials.

        Acts as a leader in the R&D Community by creating and rolling out new best practices. Role model for junior scientists.

        Fosters an innovation culture in Pepperidge Farm by continually introducing new ideas and product concepts.

        Creates, designs, supervises the development of new experimental protocols/best practices required to validate product concepts and prototypes.

        Independently directs the activities of outside vendors including ingredients and services.

Job Complexity:

        This position requires the ability to interact and communicate effectively with Sr. Management as well as Plant Management.

        The Scientist must be a good problem solver, able to identify, interpret and analyze the correct data, and independently provide detailed directions to development projects.

        Maintains active knowledge and understanding in areas beyond Product Development including Process and Package Development, Culinary, QA, Project Engineering, and thorough understanding of Marketing needs and financial hurdles

        Sustain a high level of competence and professionalism in a dynamic business environment

        Easily adapts to changing priorities

        Ensures the use of statistics as it relates to product design (use experimental designs) and extended runs/line qualifications (relates to process capability and consumer acceptable specifications)

        Drives engagement by identifying & leading improvement programs for the Snacks R&D Innovation Team

Minimum Requirements:

        B.S Food Science, Food Process Engineering, or Chemical Engineering with Product Development emphasis

        5-8 years of related experience with a consumer packaged goods background - Desired experience with snacks and bakery unit operations: eg: cookie, cracker, chips, bars, bread, doughs, etc...

        Excellent analytical skills, strong attention to details, good communications and interpersonal skills

        Leads multiple projects at any given time in a team environment.

        Passion for food science and product development relating to Innovation.

        Familiar with consumer testing methodology including Concept Testing, Difference/Discrimination Testing, CLTs, and IHUTs

        Motivated by change and skilled in navigating ambiguity

        Excellent functional/technical skills, in particular knowledge of Food Technology/Baking Technology/Culinary Science, Food Safety and Quality Systems, and Project Management

        Leads conflict resolution and gains alignment of cross function team

Working Conditions:

        Normal R&D - office/lab/pilot plant/plant environment with up to 40-50% travel

The Company is committed to providing equal opportunity for employees and applicants in all aspects of the employment relationship, without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.

In that regard, U.S. applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. Click here for additional information.

 

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