Food Quality Assurance

Food Scientist Burnsville, MN


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Company: Quality Ingredients

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         Major:Food Science



Job Types:

Applied Research, Food Technol/Scientists, Formulator

Job Description

Summary: The Research Scientist is responsible for developing new ideas/concepts into practical solutions and implementing them to realize the value of Research & Development (R&D) work for the business. The Development Scientist/Engineer provides mechanically based design of raw materials and new products, evaluates the designs, and provides recommendations for optimum manufacturing. The incumbent reports to a project leader or technical manager.

Scope of Position: The Research Scientist is responsible for understanding project objectives and their impact on the business; developing a project plan to accomplish the project at hand, making recommendations based on the data analyzed and implementing the results.

The scope of the Research Scientist position is broken down into five areas: Understanding project objectives and their impact on business, Developing plans to accomplish the objectives, Conducting theoretical and experimental investigations according the plan, Analyzing results and make recommendations, Writing reports.

Quantitative Dimensions Innovative decision making abilities are required to be successful in this individual contributor role. As a team member of the R&D team, the Research Scientist is required to make key decisions in regards to their respective research projects that will have both immediate and long-term impact to the business.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: As a Research Scientist, responsibilities will include but are not limited to: Clearly understanding project objectives and expected outcomes. Independently conducting experimental investigations for expected outcomes. Key data analysis and interpretation with sound understanding and logic. Making sound recommendations to management and the business based on solid data and business rationales. Writing reports and delivering presentations to different stake holders at various stages of a project. Coordinating and/or participating in pilot and factory trials. Sourcing raw materials for experiments and trials. Working with people from different groups and departments to implement technology, material or process developed. Helping and supporting other project teams or groups when needed.

Utilizes food science skills to generate new or improved products through developmental experiment designs, formulation, and testing by: (45%) Conducting literature survey/reviews through independent research in order to develop new concepts to develop improved, new, or differentiated products; Using Design of Experiment (DoE) to design and conduct experiments in the lab or pilot plant. Conducting research and testing to identify and isolate practical solutions to the known formulation associated with a process problem; Working with a team of peers, engineers and scientists, to develop new formulations that have evaluated the feasibility of using raw materials and assessed the durability of the potential raw materials or products; Effectively conducting data analysis, interpreting the experiments and tests performed on pilot trial results, and making recommendations based on the results; Independently planning, organizing, and performing experimental testing on the products Making sound recommendations to management and the business based on solid data and business rationale.

Coordinates and/or participates in pilot and factory trials on new technologies and improved technologies by: (35%)

Independently planning factory trials through coordinating resources (both personnel and equipment) and coordinating the availability of raw materials; Overseeing the organization and setting up of the DoE and on-the-floor analytical decisions based on the immediate outcomes of the trial and reporting the final trial outcomes; Partnering with all levels of the organization to implement new technology, material, or processes developed to improve current products and manufacture new products; and Sourcing raw materials for experiments and trials from outside vendors, developing raw material cost models, designing raw material scoping based on the shipping and vicinity of manufacturing locations, and documenting final raw material specification details for use by the manufacturing facilities as quality and formulation specifications.

Utilizes effective project management skills to deliver R&D projects on schedule and on target, as well as assisting and supporting other project teams or groups within the department when needed by: (20%)

Clearly understanding project objectives and expected outcomes through positive interaction with a variety of individuals within the organization so as to obtain all expected project deliverables in accordance with the needs of the business and within the guidelines of any established process involved in order to deliver the desired outcomes; Developing effective plans for the projects/tasks at hand through effective project planning and organizing and interaction within and outside the team; and Writing reports and delivering presentations to different stakeholders at various stages of a project.

The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing. Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required: Demonstrated material characterization ability in terms of physical, chemical, performance and mechanical properties. Demonstrated scientific yet practical approach to problem solving abilities. Demonstrated hands-on ability and capable of setting up an experimental apparatus and rigs in the laboratory. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple concurrent assignments while meeting deadlines and demanding quality execution. Demonstrated project management and planning skills. Excellent interpersonal and written/oral communication skills with the ability to relate well and cooperate with others to effectively coordinate activities and accomplish goals. Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment. Ability to travel up to 20%, as necessary.

Education/Experience: Bachelor's degree (B. A.) in Food Science or Food Engineering from four-year college or university and three to five years relevant industrial or Research & Development experience.


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