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Senior Food Scientist Lisle, IL

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John Morrell Food Group located in Lisle, IL is looking for a Senior Food Scientist. The Senior Food Scientist plays a key role in the development and optimization of formulas and processes that lead to products that meet or exceed customer and consumer requirements. He/she is expected to:

     Develop new products and line extensions from benchtop to commercialization.

     Independently plan and execute tests, analyze tests results and effectively translate these into effective next steps that lead to project success.

     Identify technological capabilities of external parties and effectively leverage them internally.

     Work with on-line formulation data base systems to create or adjust product formulations.

     Conduct shelf-life studies on both meat and non-meat products.

     Maintain accurate project files, formulations, specifications and project data.

     Organize product reviews, and provide oral and written progress updates.

     Work with, and provide technical leadership to, cross-functional teams (Marketing, Sales, Business Development, Operations, Finance, Engineering, Quality, Process Control, etc.) in projects requiring R&D support.

     Continuously improve and update food/meat science and product development skills through appropriate training and other learning activities.

     Assist and mentor other R&D team members as necessary.

Required Skills

     Strong scientific knowledge of meat science principles as they relate to meat processing, including non-meat ingredients and their functionality.

     Strong understanding and practical knowledge of meat product formulation principles and tools.

     Ability to translate consumer and customer feedback and expectations into successful, cost-effective products.

     Strong professional and academic networks in the fields of meat science and food science.

     Ability to work with pilot plant equipment with minimal supervision.

     Ability to multi-task.

     Strong interpersonal, communication, organizational and time management skills.

     Knowledge of USDA and FDA regulations as they relate to standards of identity, ingredients, nutrition labeling and label claims.

     Ability to learn quickly and adapt to changing situations.

     Proficient in on-line work systems and product development software tools.

     Willingness to travel 25-30%; may occasionally need to travel more, depending on project needs.

Required Experience

     M.S./Ph.D. in Food Science, Meat Science or related field with at least 2-5 years of experience, preferably in the meat industry, or B.S. in Food Science or related field with 8+ years of meat industry experience.

     Demonstrated competency in skills listed above.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis

Job Location

Lisle, Illinois, United States

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