Food Scientist Ė White Marsh,
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Applied Research, Food
Technol/Scientists, R&D Manager
SUMMARY: Accountable for driving sales through application
innovation level work and direct customer interactions. The applications
team is responsible for the verification, validation and commercialization
activities associated with internally manufactured patented gum products
and broad based blend solutions. These activities include preparation of
finished good samples, internal and external testing of product for quality
parameters, and attendance of customer validation trials. The application
food scientist is an integral member of the innovation team supplying key
insight into end use application for ingredient innovations. Additionally,
the application food scientist proactively creates broad based solutions
using existing products, terms and application innovations. ESSENTIAL
DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES include the following: 1. Providing and
maintaining a safe, accident-free laboratory environment.
2. Staying abreast of recent scientific findings that pertain
to the application of hydrocolloids in food, pharmaceutical, and industrial
3. Maintaining a working knowledge of all phases of
customer-based product development to include new ingredients/ raw
materials, processing parameters, equipment, and packaging details. 4.
Working independently on long term project assignments. Responsible for
completing assigned projects in a timely fashion using an appropriate
experimental design and reporting status of projects as they progress with
a final summary in the company designated data base system.
5. Supervising the assignment, execution, and completion of
projects assigned to Lab Technicians as assigned. Responsible for providing
guidance to Lab Technicians with respect to career advancement in the form
of Catalytic Coaching as assigned.
6. Preparing and/or completing specifications, nutritional
information, and MSDS documentation for new and modified gum systems.
7. Maintaining a legible and organized laboratory book of all assigned
8. Handling technical calls from customers and TIC
representatives providing written documentation of discussions.
9. Writing technical bulletins on specific end use
applications highlighting the use of gums and gum systems.
10. Preparing and presenting information at technical
meetings, trade shows, and customer visits.
11. Participating in the ISO documentation and internal audit.
12. Following all company safety rules in performing job
13. Performing other duties as assigned.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Directly supervises R&D lab
technicians when assigned. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in
accordance with the organizationís policies and applicable laws.
Supervisory responsibilities include, but are not limited to, interviewing,
hiring, training employees, planning, assigning and directing work,
appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing
complaints and resolving problems. Uses own initiative and exercises
independent judgment. Strong ability to lead a team in a successful manner.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully,
an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill,
and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: The position requires a minimum
of a Bachelorís of Science in Food Science or a related discipline.
Work-related experience in product development and supervisory experience
preferred. Current working knowledge of analytical and physical testing
methodologies as well as knowledge of Broad scoping product development.
Familiarity with current finished good processing techniques. Minimum 5
years of experience; 10 preferred.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to communicate effectively using
scientific nomenclature to individuals with all levels of education and experience.
Ability to present information effectively using oral presentation skills
to managers, supervisors, employees, and customers. Ability to critically
read, analyze, and interpret all relevant periodicals, professional
journals, technical procedures, and government regulations. Be able to
write reports, business correspondence, and procedures effectively.
Excellent written and oral communication skills are a must.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Create experimental designs based on
statistical requirements. Additional skills consistent with educational
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to identify and solve practical and
technical problems and deal with a variety of technical situations where
only limited standards exist. Ability to interpret a variety of
instructions furnished orally or in writing.
SPECIAL SKILLS and ABILITIES: Good time management and
multi-tasking ability required. Should be computer literate with knowledge
of Microsoft Office, Outlook, and all pertinent R&D software. This
position is in regular contact with Field and Inside Sales, Marketing,
Manufacturing, Quality Assurance as well as external customers.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are
representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform
the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made
to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is
regularly required to use hands and fingers, handle or feel objects or
controls, reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is
frequently required to stand, walk and sit, and is occasionally required to
taste or smell. This is a hands-on laboratory position.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close
vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception,
and the ability to adjust focus.
Travel required: 25% travel required.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics
described here are representative of those an employee encounters while
performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations
may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.