Food Technologist Itasca, IL

Job Number: nest-00013619
Confections & Snacks
Product Development
Itasca IL


Develop new and improved products using internal and external resources to meet corporate new products growth objectives.


Develop prototypes for consumer evaluation using food science skills weekly.

Optimize products based on consumer and/or management feedback weekly.

Coordinate and conduct plant trials at various locations monthly.

Ensure developed products meet the specified stability requirements to ensure adequate shelf life including formula and packaging assessments weekly.

Utilize existing pilot plant processes and procedures to produce product for market research and/or test market occasionally.

Scale-up pilot plant processes utilizing existing production assets for products selected for commercialization occasionally.

Establish and communicate manufacturing parameters, formulas and specifications for commercialized products to the manufacturing locations occasionally.

Communicate product quality standards for commercialized products to the manufacturing locations in a Q.A. manual. Monitor quality of commercialized product periodically to assure compliance to original standards and specifications occasionally.

Utilize personal computer-based spreadsheets for formula and process documentation weekly. Proficient in both Word and Excel programs.


College degree in food science, chemistry, chemical engineering, or equivalent.


3 years of confectionery product development experience.


Working knowledge of sugar confectionery ingredients and technology. Operate lab equipment such as balances, refractometer, pH meter, texture analyzer. Operate pilot plant equipment such as steam-jacketed cooker, benchtop cooker, mixers, coating pans, tablet presses. Operate confectionery factory equipment for industrialization and training purposes. Ability to read and write complex documentation. Ability to travel domestically and out of the USA. Ability to uphold Nestle procedures and standards at third-party locations.

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