Ė Grand Rapids, MI
is a leading Supercenter located in five states throughout the Midwest,
with nearly 200 stores and almost 60,000 employees. As a multi-billion
dollar retailer, Meijer is ranked as the 13th largest privately held
company in the country. We have become a respected leader in the
competitive retail market by sticking to our core values of customers,
competition, family, freshness, and safety & health. Meijer's Midwest
geography includes corporate offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and stores,
distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities throughout Michigan,
Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky.
Currently, Meijer is
looking for a Food Scientist. Food Scientist responsible for ensuring the
quality of Meijerís Own Brand products meets the targeted food profile and
is aligned with the business need and the customerís expectation and
Acts as a technical resource for ingredient
functionality, product quality and food safety issues for Meijer Own Brand
Facilitates product evaluations between Quality
Assurance, Regulatory Compliance, Product Development and Food
Evaluates new/existing Meijer Own Brand items in a
systematic manner (subjective and objective characteristics) and defines
Conducts consumer sensory testing; identifies testing
objectives, selects appropriate statistical design and testing approach,
analyzes data, and communicates results and recommendations to the business
Maintains information on current food health issues
(microbiologic, allergic, etc.) and works with the Food Safety team on
developing information that may need to be communicated to Meijer team
members and customers.
Assists with customer concerns, reviewing trends and
complaints that may require in-market action.
Monitors press releases and news items impacting
products sold at Meijer.
Assists recall team with product withdrawals and
Actively promotes the benefits and safety of the
products sold at Meijer.
In coordination with Regulatory Specialists,
maintains good working relationships with government regulatory agencies
(USDA, FDA, as well as, state and local agencies).
Maintains strong working relationships with internal
and external customers including suppliers and other third parties.
4-year Food Science
Degree; Master Degree preferred
3-5 years Quality Assurance experience preferred.
Strong working knowledge of food science and the
associated quality principles.
Knowledge of food safety and food regulations.
Knowledge of sensory testing.
Positive, high energy individual, who thrives in a
fast-paced, ever-changing environment.
A self-starter with a strong work ethic.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Proactive thinker and problem solver.
Proven ability to research and apply market/trend
Strong project management, organizational and
Enjoys working in a fast-paced environment and works
well under pressure.
Positive, high energy individual, who thrives on
building new processes and influencing others.
Computer proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel,
Must be able to work autonomously on key