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Food Development Scientist Chester, NJ

Company: Reckitt Benckiser

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         Job ID:NEW000JV


State:New Jersey

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Job Description

The Food R&D group is looking for a sharp, articulate Food Development Scientist to join their team. Working out of the North American Food HQ in Chester, NJ, the incumbent will be a key member of a high performing, creative team driving innovation and promoting unique thinking.


  • Develop new and existing food products for Commercial and Retail businesses
  • Contribute to corporate outsourcing strategy and coordinate R&D effort to identify viable external contractors capable of developing or manufacturing new products
  • Proactively manage assigned projects, work cooperatively with multifunctional project teams, establish R&D project timelines and provide status reports to senior management on a regular basis
  • Provide formulation and technical service support to Commercial Sales team, visit customers on as needed basis
  • Conduct experimental processing trials at RB manufacturing facilities or copackers for scale-up purposes.
  • Assist food engineers with process improvement projects and specification of new process equipment
  • Assist manufacturing facilities during start-up of new process equipment and new products
  • Seek out and implement cost saving projects to improve gross margin
  • Support raw material procurement strategies by assessing and approving new sources of ingredients
  • Work with Package Engineering personnel to help select and evaluate pack stability and performance
  • Provide support to Manufacturing to troubleshoot quality and production problems
  • Maintain R&D laboratory and pilot facilities in an acceptable state of operation
  • Develop and properly maintain specifications, Bills of Material, and methods of manufacture in technical documentation system
  • Assure appropriate and thorough communication to Regulatory Compliance function


  • BS and/or MS in Food Science or Engineering
  • 5 years related experience, preferably in food products
  • Understanding of FDA Good Manufacturing Practices GMP) is desirable
  • Well developed organoleptic ability and skilled in sensory evaluation
  • Experience in formulation and manufacturing of food products
  • Must be willing to travel domestically/internationally
  • Strong project management capability
  • Analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong presentation abilities
  • Computer literate and experienced in fundamentals

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