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Product Specialist II (Food Technologist)

Job Location: Saint Louis, MO



Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is a leader in the pet products industry, dedicated to enriching the lives of pets and the people who love them. Our passion for pets is matched only by our passion for the business. Innovation and inspiration fill the halls of every Nestlé Purina office. We are pioneers. Our processes are revolutionary. Our pursuit of excellence is persistent. We believe that our people are the source of our competitive advantage, and as we invest in our people, we invest in our shared future. That’s why we’re a global leader in the pet care category and recently named a 2014 Best Place to Work by one of the world’s largest online career communities – Glassdoor.



The Technical Services group is responsible for the development of short to intermediate-term products, engineering processes, and packaging solutions for the business. We also provide technical support for all of the manufacturing operations associated with the pet food business in the United States and Canada. We are seeking a Product Development Specialist to join our team to develop new pet food products for the United States and Canadian markets and to provide factory support. The individual will also be responsible for qualifying new raw materials, suppliers, and provide technical support of new products after launch. He /she will also help with identifying and leading performance, waste reduction and quality improvement projects. Across all elements of the job, the individual will have the opportunity to work on fast-paced, multi-functional teams focused on getting new products on shelf and providing technical support to NPPC factories. Specific details about the role follow.



Manage development, scale up and implementation of new and existing technologies to improve the performance of existing products and develop new products.


Manage product formulas using the NPPC formulation system with the appropriate ingredient, nutritional, regulatory, and analytical requirements. Also includes issuing to manufacturing plant, and maintaining as needed.


Coordinates qualification of new raw materials and/or suppliers and act as ingredient lead for all assigned ingredients/raw materials which includes understanding raw material and manufacturing process and impact on NPPC finished products


Act as technical resource for Marketing to develop a robust pipeline of product development opportunities, which includes developing technical project plans and timelines for all assigned projects


Provides technical expertise within “discipline” to PTC, Legal, Regulatory, Consumer Marketing, Purchasing, Q.A., CDG, HR, Plants, US Management, and other groups as it relates to business unit objectives.


Collaboratively and proactively keeps management and key team project members apprised of issues, risks, timing, and contingencies relevant to technical and business success.


Proactively monitors and provides product maintenance for assigned product responsibilities requiring standardized scientific procedures.


Uses standard guidelines and capability studies to develop products in conjunction with factory systems, Quality Assurance and Marketing to link product performance and specifications.


Works closely with the factory and quality to establish new product, ingredient and process specifications


Understands and effectively uses NPPC systems and tools required for scheduling activity and tests, collecting and analyzing data, and completing and disseminating accurate reports.


Explores innovative application of pet food product/process possibilities based on current state of art in the area of food technology.


Initiates and implements cost reduction ideas for assigned product lines and factories.


Perform all other duties as assigned.


Must be able to travel 40-50%





BS Degree in Food Science or related discipline


BS Degree with 4+ years of experience OR

MS Degree with 3+ years of experience OR

PhD with 2 years of experience in a product development and scale up role.

Job ID: 14001751

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