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Food Technologist


Job Number: nest-00024462
Nestle Professional
Product Development
Solon OH

POSITION SUMMARY:

This Food Technologist will develop new shelf stable, refrigerated and frozen products and improve existing products, ingredients and processes by applying technical, Food Science and culinary skills. Capable of working at a rapid pace to respond to external and internal demands while simultaneously handling multiple project requirements. Possesses the ability to interact effectively with Customers, Chefs, the technical community and co-manufacturers to develop relevant and timely products. Demonstrates exceptional organizational, communication, problem solving and project management skills in interactions with immediate team members, cross-functional groups and external customers. Demonstrates initiative, leadership and ability to work both independently and within a cohesive team environment. Able to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic, team environment that encompasses end-to-end development (concept and exploration through manufacturing scale up, start up and process optimization).

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
The responsibilities include but are not limited to:
* Plan, execute, evaluate and accurately document test work to optimize product design of assigned projects.
* Coordinate product development and commercialization activities within immediate work team and within cross-functional groups (planning bench test work, resource management, communication of key deliverables/outcomes)
* Maintain precise and appropriate documentation to support development and commercialization of assigned products.
* Utilize computer systems (formula, nutritional & labeling databases, departmental systems)
* Participate in team and departmental activities (taste panels, shelf life panels, meetings, timetable)
* Develop working relationships with key suppliers, Sales, Culinary and Business Development Manager, Commercialization and Manufacturing Services contacts
* Assist in training of new hires and mentoring of interns
* Maintain and improve technical, culinary and professional skills through completion of appropriate training and activities.
* Generate value analysis/process improvement ideas on an ongoing basis.
* Provide clear and concise direction to technicians regarding daily test work.
* Complete hands on bench work as needed to achieve project goals and meet timelines.

Job Accountabilities:
* Champion assigned products through the Nestle Professional systems.
* Manage projects to achieve sample accuracy and FTQ
* Maintain knowledge base of assigned key Custom accounts and maintenance products

REQUIREMENTS AND MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:
* Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science or related field.

EXPERIENCE:
* 2 years product development experience or hands-on course work with focused internship in product development
* Factory exposure and related product experience highly desirable
* Food Services and/or Culinary work experience is a plus.

SKILLS:
Applies technical, Food Science and culinary skills to the development of new products or improvement of existing ones. Handles multiple project requirements with short time lines. Demonstrates exceptional organizational, communication, problem solving and project management skills in interactions with immediate team members, cross-functional groups and external customers. Demonstrates excellent technical, communication and critical thinking skills. Demonstrates flexibility to move between product categories and adapt easily to customer's changing needs. Utilizes electronic systems effectively.

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