The Food Scientist
position is responsible for providing project leadership for new product
development and product improvement. Other responsibilities
include, managing the product and supplier approval processes and
managing the relations with and monitor the performance of contracted
third party quality partners. Position responsibilities include,
but are not limited to, the following:
Manage all New Product Development projects.
Develop critical paths for all projects clearly showing timelines
and responsibilities and liaise with all involved parties to ensure
all deadlines are met.
Develop, document, and implement protocols for store
testing of trial products prior to launch to ensure performance
characteristics are deliverable.
Ensure all research and development briefs are
translated into working supplier briefs and that all key product attributes are documented and measurable.
Develop and document procedures for sample submission, product
evaluation, and product sign off. Manage all product/packaging
trials and retain library/reference samples as required.
Manage regional launches of all new products and
develop detailed product specifications for all products.
Develop, document and implement systems for assessing
conformance of product to specification and implement ongoing
product assessment panels, with detailed records of findings.
Review and sign off supplier approval reports and
ensure facilities and capabilities are adequate for any new product
Ensure all products meet legislative requirements in
the Country of Origin and Country of Usage.
Use product non-conformance data to identify product
and packaging improvements/opportunities and implement with
suppliers. Streamline products and processes to minimize
Liaise with purchasing, suppliers, and headquarters
teams to identify opportunities for value chain analysis and
Ensure all packaging is fit for purpose and review and
approve all labels for Gold or Regional Standard products.
Develop, document and implement procedures for transit testing for
all new products.
B.S. Degree in Food Science or Technology and 5+ years
related experience in the food industry in a Food Scientist/Technologist
type role required. Food manufacturing experience strongly
preferred. Knowledge of food service industry equipment, processes,
and products also preferred. The ideal candidate will possess
strong project management skills, strong sensory evaluation knowledge and
experience, the ability to work well with deadlines and be a team
player. Must be proficient in MS Office. Must be bilingual -
English & Spanish. Trilingual - English, Spanish &
Portuguese a plus.