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Food Scientist, Senior

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Research and Development

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This position is responsible for hands-on, day-to-day new product development, product optimization and cost optimization activities across all JBSS business channels and all JBSS product categories.  This position will play a key role in the product development activities associated with delivering against our short-term and longer-term Innovation plans as well as fulfilling the numerous sample requests that R&D receives.  The individual in this role will also be assigned key customer relationships and will serve as the JBSS technical liaison to these customers. 

Duties and Responsibilities:


Understanding and mastery of the JBSS product development process from concept through first production

  • Collaboration with internal (Marketing, Sales) and external customers to ensure objectives are being addressed clearly, efficiently, and on-time.
  • Identification of new technologies, processes, and new raw materials to support the JBSS Innovation pipeline.
  • Leveraging of external suppliers for necessary new raw materials, and development support.
  • Working with internal resources (R&D team, Production, Accounting, Procurement, etc.) to develop innovative and on-trend formulas
  • Documentation of raw material and finished good specifications and integration into JBSS systems.
  • Development of draft ingredient statements and NLEA panels
  • Collaboration with Technical Services on allergen, Kosher, labeling, specification and claims issues
  • Integration into JBSS production working with schedulers, supervisors, operators, packaging, QA, etc. to scale-up and commercialize products

  Timely and efficient response to Sample Requests

  • Collaboration with requestor on details, timing, and quantities required
  • Efficient and creative utilization of outside suppliers
  • Management of multiple simultaneous requests and priorities

  Utilization and mastery of Product Vision R&D software

  • Play active role in data entry and database upkeep
  • Act as liaison between R&D and Technical Services

  Documentation of JBSS processes and procedures and updating and maintenance of R&D records

  Collaborations with Procurement and Production on cost optimization projects

  Participation in JBSS SVA initiatives

  Responsible for manufacturing, distributing and consistently maintaining safe and quality food by following good manufacturing practices, allergen controls, food defense, HACCP and SQF requirements.

  Responsible for immediately reporting all food safety and quality issues to your manager.

  Responsible for partnering with others; Sharing knowledge, skills and information within your team and across functional areas.

  Responsible for enhancing technical and functional competencies, as well as professional and leadership development.

  Other duties / tasks / special projects as assigned by the Director of R&D.


BS Degree in Food Science / Technology.  5-10 years experience in the food industry working in product development/innovation.  Proven track record of culinary and technical innovation with food or beverage products is required (experience with nut and/or snack products is a plus).  Ability to lead and manage cross-functional teams.  Comfortable expressing opinions and selling his/her point of view.   Experience in regulatory is essential, and experience with Product Vision software is highly desirable. Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications required.  Excellent communication and cross-functional teamwork skills are a must.


Reporting to this position:  This position has no direct reporting relationships.


Job Specific Requirements:


In the event that the Sr. Food Scientist is absent, the Department Manager is responsible for providing an equally qualified person to cover this position.



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