Research Quality Scientist (Chemical Food Safety)
Department: Research & Development
Location: St. Louis MO
Job Number: nest-00027256
The PTC Chemical Food Safety specialist will develop and interpret food
safety assessments and control strategies for chemical pet food safety
hazards in ingredients and products. This Specialist role will work to
develop control strategies and harmonize HACCP hazard assessments, safety
guidance and control limits for use in our HACCP plans and product and
ingredient monitoring schemes at both research and operational levels. This
position will be responsible for communicating with and leveraging external
resources (Nestle experts, external experts) and establish external contracts
with universities and organizations.
' Food chemical safety assessment on food additives, flavors, vitamins and
trace elements, pesticide and veterinary drug residues, natural contaminants
(e.g. mycotoxins), inherent toxicants (e.g. solanines from potatoes), environmental contaminants
(heavy metals, pollutants), packaging migrants, process related chemicals
(acrylamide, 3-MCPD) and food intakes.
' Identify and evaluate chemical contaminant hazards
associated with raw and processed ingredients from suppliers and carry out a
hazard assessment in absence of adequate toxicological information for pets.
' Safety evaluation of new ingredients, products and
processes. Application of substantial equivalence principle, history of use
and post launch monitoring.
' Safety evaluation of functional bioactive
ingredients (e.g. bioactive phytochemicals, bioactive peptides, probiotics,
' Information management. Information searches and
' Regulatory toxicology. Study design and
interpretation, GRAS affirmation studies.
' Establish limits regarding specifications of raw
materials and finished product for chemical hazards.
' Assist Project Managers in developing safer products and processes by early
involvement in Product Development.
' Assist in the development of preliminary HACCP studies by verifying
presence/level and severity of contaminants in ingredients and advising on
proposed process changes that might cause reactions that would evolve
' Assist the factories in defining any gaps and prepare action plans to
address those gaps.
' Monitor chemical safety related emerging issues and implement controls
against those issues.
' Provide technical training and market assistance as required.
' Serve as entry point for marketplace queries on chemical safety of
ingredients and chemical additives.
' Review new formulas for food safety concerns.
' Travel as necessary.
' Support Product development projects in PTC and TAG's using new ingredients
' Support proposed process changes in factories and pilot plants where
time/temperature are affected.
' Provide Training as needed.
' Practice Safety in the work area.
' General knowledge of food chemistry reactions.
' Specific knowledge of pet food processes and how those processes impact (positively,
negative or neutral) the evolution of chemical compounds of concern.
' General knowledge of companion animal toxicology.
' Basic knowledge of pet nutrition.
' General knowledge on the safety evaluation of packaging materials.
JOB QUALIFICATIONS (Education, Experience, and Knowledge):
' PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Food Science or related discipline
' A minimum of ten years related experience
' Understanding of quality systems with a good knowledge of food safety, food
science and food processing
' Excellent negotiation and communication skills
' Demonstrated technical writing skills
' Excellent project management capabilities and organization capacity
' Dynamic and proactive attitude with a willingness to accept new ideas
' Able to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary environment within a
' Demonstrated technical leadership skills
' Must be able to manage multiple projects/priorities
' Good sense of business/technical interrelationships
' Computer literacy