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Director of Food Science Midwest USA

Job location:

Midwest

Relocation:

Yes

Position level:

Director

Pos. reports to:

CEO

Position
Responsibilities:

The Food Science Director leads the Research & Development team to achieve the goals and objectives as set out by Company senior leadership. The Director will be responsible for all aspects of the product development cycle, turning ideas into prototypes and eventually, marketable products. This role will contribute to an expansion of our product development capabilities to create fast, flexible, innovative solutions in the beverage and sweeteners categories as well as new product lines for future growth. Key Responsibilities

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  • As part of the senior leadership team, provide input into the strategic direction of new product development for the Company.
  • Manage the process of product development, overseeing all aspects.
    • Selection of ingredients and formulations
    • Assessment of technical and manufacturing feasibility
    • Food safety review
    • Prototype development
    • Consumer testing
    • Product scale-up
  • Collaborate with Operations and Quality to recommend quality control and manufacturing processes for new products.
  • Work with Operations and Quality to manage the process of sourcing existing and potential ingredients, qualify new ingredients or ingredient adjustments.
  • Oversee the development of accurate ingredient panel and nutritional information for all products.
  • Oversee a process of constant monitoring of existing items in the marketplace to ensure all products meet or exceed consumer expectations.
  • Work with marketing to ensure cost parameters on new products are met within agreed guidelines.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Must be able to physically perform the functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions
  • Must be able to work in a Laboratory/kitchen setting using lab instruments such as scales, temperature probes and other basic and advanced lab equipment
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and interact with computers, telephone and other electronic media
  • Must possess visual acuity to document company records
  • Must be able to lift 20 pounds
  • Must be able to work extended hours, such as daily overtime and an occasional weekends

Percent Travel:

0%

Direct Reports:

Yes

Experience Required:

QUALIFICATIONS

A Masters Degree in Food Science or related technical field is required. PhD is preferred.

A minimum of 10-12 years experience in food product development, preferably in beverage and sweeteners, with a record of increasing responsibility and success.

Strong analytical skills and communication skills are essential.

Collaborative problem solving skills are essential.

Demonstrate a very high sense of urgency. Speed to market is critical.

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