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Sr. Food Scientist – St. Louis, MO

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  • JAN12-59
  • Regular full time
  • 15
  • Ralston Foods
  • St. Louis MO
  • Open
  • Yes

Job Description


The role of the Senior Food Scientist at Ralston Foods is to develop new products, improve existing products and support existing products in the marketplace. The product line is RTE cereals, Hot cereals, and Cereal based snacks. The researcher is responsible for the product design, managing technical responsibilities within projects, product maintenance work, and applying professional knowledge and technical skills. Additional roles are to provide technical expertise to the manufacturing facilities, develop an awareness of technologies used by other cereal and food manufacturers, and assist in establishing new policies and procedures that will assure overall customer satisfaction.


· Plan, execute, evaluate and report on research activities for assigned product development and improvement projects:

      • Plan, conduct and evaluate pilot plant and plant research.
      • Utilize project management tools to manage resources and critical paths.
      • Design products that meet customer’s expectations.
      • Specify raw materials and develop formulas.
      • Assist engineers in modifying or specifying equipment.
      • Accurately develop formulas, specifications and label declarations.
      • Maintain accurate records of work activities and communicate results.
      • Influence project direction based on technical discoveries.

· Act as the technical expert for assigned maintenance products:

      • Respond to customer inquiries or requests.
      • Maintain accurate specifications.
      • Ensure product design is in compliance to specifications and nutritional label.
      • Actively participate with technical investigations into issues involving ingredients/formulation/processing and investigations for cost savings.

Leadership role:

  • Drives results through applied research and develops new project concepts
  • Considered a technical “go to” for marketing, sales, and operations on new concepts and problems.
  • Assists in establishing new policies/procedures and leads by example.
  • Helps establish department’s goals and plans to achieve them.
  • Mentors junior researchers while also being mentored by principal scientists.


  • Attend classes/seminars to improve technical and interpersonal skills. Apply learning in project tasks.
  • Receive training on new software.
  • Develop personal and performance goals.
  • Stay appraised of the latest formulation/processing technologies through technical literature, suppliers and seminars.
  • Maintain a network of industrial contacts and develop a network of consultant contacts.
  • Develop understanding of new processes and evaluate whether portions of that process can be applied to other products/projects.
  • Review project costs against department budget when significant costs are expected. Manage plant costs (testing and implementation).

Job Qualifications

  • B.S. or M.S. Degree in Food Science (IFT Minimum Standards) or equivalent.
  • Minimum of 5 to 7 years experience in product development.
  • Able to walk / stand for up to 70% of the time while performing daily tasks (pilot and plant trials).
  • Able to support product testing / projects on production floors requiring travel up and down stairs and ladders to platforms. The mills are not climate controlled and experience temperature variation throughout the year. Some floors can reach excess of 100°F during the months of June – August.
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Occasional travel is required.
  • A flexible schedule is also required to support testing as necessary. Occasionally, plant tests must be conducted during off shifts or even on weekends.


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Ralcorp is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Ralcorp to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, physical or mental disability, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era.






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