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Food Scientist

Location:

Salt Lake City

Department:

Research & Development

# of openings:

1

Pay Grade:

13


Description

Job Summary

Responsible for formulation of functional foods (drink mixes and bars) and chewable supplements.

Essential Functions

·         Develop chewable tablet formulas with excellent nutritional characteristics, flavor, and mouth-feel. Oversee scale-up such products to routine commercial production.

·         Manage and direct development of drink mix formulas with excellent nutritional characteristics, flavor and mouth-feel. Assist with scale-up of such products to routine commercial production.

·         Work with suppliers to develop formulas for nutrition bars and to maintain excellent product quality over time.

·         Assist USANA’s manufacturing group in maintaining the quality of functional foods and chewable supplements over time.

·         Manage the company’s Genesis database of food formulas.

·         Ensure that product formulas are accurately characterized on food and supplement labels.

·         Manage and oversee in-house and third-party testing of food products to guarantee label claims.

·         Assist with design and implementation of in-house taste-panels and sensory evaluation panels.

·         Assist with adapting existing nutritional products to new international markets.

·         Maintain current line of food products with formula upgrades and cost reducing measures.

·         Perform organoleptic stability testing of food products to ensure product quality throughout shelf-life.

·         Manage R&D Food lab

·         Manage documentation of new formulas and raw materials into Agile.

·         Work with the broader food development team in researching and developing new product concepts.

Additional Job Functions

·         Other duties as required or assigned.

·         Understand and adhere to GMP policies and procedures.

Qualifications/Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Requirements

·         Bachelor degree in food science or related discipline.

·         Masters degree preferred.

·         5-8 years commercial experience in product development.

·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

·         Computer skills required.

·         Sensory science skills.

·         Project management skills.

·         Ability to efficiently and effectively perform all essential position duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation.

Essential Physical Requirements

·         Frequently involves sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.

·         Involves a variety of physical activities including:

Fingering

Repetitive Motions

·         Visual acuity required is the minimum standard for use with those whose work deals largely with preparing and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminals, extensive reading, visual inspection involving small defects, handling small parts, operation of simple machines, using measurement devices, assembling or fabrication of parts at distances close to the eyes.

Additional Physical Requirements

·         Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.

·         Involves a variety of physical activities including:

Stooping Reaching Standing

Talking Hearing

Machines Typically Operated

·         Computer, Microsoft applications, analytical instruments, basic laboratory equipment (pH meters, viscometers, hotplates, etc), basic benchtop development equipment (dry mixers, tablet presses, sealers, wet blenders etc).

Typical Environmental Conditions

·         The worker is subject to inside environmental conditions.

·         The worker is subject to hazards including a variety of physical conditions such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals.

·         The work is subject to atmospheric conditions including one or more of the following conditions that affect the respiratory system or the skin such as fumes, odors, dust, mists, gases, or generally poor ventilation.

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