R&D Principal Scientist, Food Safety & Regulatory Affairs Job
Date: Apr 23, 2012
Location: Valhalla, NY, USA
· Establish systems and processes to evaluate the safety of food ingredients and contaminants
· Write position statements and/or responses to inquiries about the science behind comments from non-governmental organizations, national authorities, or other entities (such as state or local regulatory authorities) on various subjects (i.e., risk assessment, safety concerns, etc. for substances used by the business).
· Provide clear scientific assessments and recommendations for emerging issues in the food industry.
· Critically review, summarize, and validate scientific publications to assess health claim totality and weight of evidence and provide input into the design of corroborating studies.
· Develop course work for the Global R&D University.
· Have an understanding of predictive toxicology to provide support to LTR by applying or overseeing the use of software programs such as OECD Toolbox, Multicase and/or DEREK to screen and prioritize chemical substances for further toxicological evaluation.
· Apply knowledge of biological receptors and constructs to support to LTR.
· Develop and coordinate processes that will create a global scientific affairs network that secures inputs not only from internal teams across the regions but also from external sources.
· Enhance open and effective cross-functional relationships with Regulatory Affairs, Food Safety, Nutrition, and other relevant functions and stakeholders.
· Establish systems and processes to provide authoritative responses to time-sensitive issues.
· Provide insight and foresight to navigate scientific hurdles facing technology developments of Innovation & Growth projects.
· Provide insightful, timely strategic input on the safety evaluation and/or scientific substantiation of health statements and claims throughout the stage gates from ideation to product development.
· Drive the scientific analysis for the "passport to product" dossiers to assure smooth transition and execution for a product launch.
· Establish relationships with scientific and regulatory affairs and food safety teams in business units and sectors, with R&D project leaders, and with other key contacts as required across functions.
· Drive results on labeling and claims initiatives by working with Nutrition and R&D on common areas, and also to influence public perception.
· No budget or management responsibilities.
· Act as the interface between Scientific Affairs and global R&D project leaders in LTR, PD, the Law Dept., business units, external consultants, FSRA leadership, and scientific and regulatory affairs teams from the sectors.
· Provide FSRA support for Global Scientific Affairs initiatives
Knowledge and Experience:
· Doctorate in toxicology, pharmacology, or related life science, or chemistry if having sufficient experience in QSAR, risk assessment, exposure assessment, or other relevant area.
· Demonstrated ability to interpret wide-ranging types of scientific data and to communicate clearly and concisely with detailed knowledge as required for different business customers.
· Knowledge of QSAR, exposure assessment, risk assessment, or metabolism.
· Ability to establish a good rapport and influence with colleagues across functions and divisions, including an ability to collaborate with international operations.
· Teaching experience highly preferred
· Project management skills.
Equal Opportunity Employment M/F/D/V
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