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Product Development Scientist

Job Location: Saint Louis, MO

Join Nestlé Purina PetCare Product Technology Center's R&D Team in St. Louis, MO, as a Product Development Scientist-Ingredient Development-Meat Science.


Plan, organize and develop products, processes, experiments, and trials from idea inception through all stages of development under direct supervision.


1. Plan, organize and perform the necessary trials and experiments (bench-top, pilot plant, and factory scale) as required to deliver the process and product development projects that meet the requirements of the client companies and Global Strategic Business Unit (GSBU) and are delivered in a timely manner.

2. Provide ingredient product input and assistance within the Center and externally (e.g., with Marketing, Manufacturing, Divisional Engineering, Technical Applications, other R&D centers, vendors) as required on a wide variety of projects.

3. Participate and contribute as a member of cross-functional teams as assigned. Interface on project implementation teams by assisting with hand-off from development through start-up and providing operational training as required.

4. Function as a project team leader as assigned. Required activities include, but are not limited to:

· Providing effective project leadership for the projects assigned

· Fulfilling all requirements of the NPDI and StageGate/Product Development Process and Nestec regarding “absolute” deliverables for each phase

· Complete all required documentation and project reporting in a timely manner culminating in the Preliminary Manufacturing Dossier

· Adherence to Company policy on protection of patent rights and intellectual property

· Ensuring all appropriate documents and project records are filed in the Central Project Files, whether paper or electronic

5. Effectively communicate results through oral presentations and timely, written technical documentation and reports.

6. Conduct all activity in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and all required Company policies and procedures.

7. Travel as necessary (domestic and international).

8. Practice safety in the work area.


· Develop Nestlé Purina’s core competence specifically regarding meat chemistry in pet food product development, including physical functionality, impact of processing and impact in processed pet foods.

· Provide technical leadership to create original, differentiating technology with a high level of ability to apply relevant scientific knowledge to products/processes associated with meats and their by-products in pet foods.

· Propose projects utilizing technical innovations that may be applicable to Nestlé Purina business strategy in wet pet foods.

· Maintain and improve upon the communications between R&D and external contacts.

· Possess a recognized expertise and keep current in technical discipline of meat sciences.

· Continue development of project leadership skills.

· Understanding the needs of the markets and operations, aggressively self-generate new innovative product and process ideas.

· Establish and maintain good relationships with vendors and counterparts at other Nestlé operations by encouraging frequent informal communication.

· Additional duties as assigned.


JOB QUALIFICATIONS (Education, Experience, and Knowledge):

· Ph.D. in Meat Science, Food or Animal Science with a concentration in Meat Science

· A minimum of three years (3) experience

· Demonstrated technical leadership skills

· Excellent product development skills including strong meat science and their by-products knowledge and a fundamental understanding application and processes

· Good sense of business/technical interrelationships

· Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills

· Must be able to manage multiple projects/priorities in a cross-functional environment

· Good organizational skills

· Computer literacy

· Pro-active/Self-Starter



· Excellent knowledge of meat science and protein chemistry

· Advanced food processing experience

Job ID: 14001516


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