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Food Technologist - DiGiorno


Job Number: nest-00020388
Pizza
Product Development
Northbrook IL

Position responsible for planning and implementing assigned projects and tasks within the Pizza Division Product Applications Group. Individual will play a technical leadership role on various innovation and renovation product development projects. Position works closely with other members of the product and packaging development group and develops strong cross-functional relationships throughout the division. Assignment will provide exposure to the business categories, suppliers and manufacturing network of the Nestle Pizza Division.

1. Manage product development activity (bench top and pilot plant development, experimental design test work, evaluate results with team and determine direction, maintain appropriate records of work) to meet project deadlines.

2. Work closely with marketing, manufacturing, quality, suppliers, and packaging in a team environment to commercialization new product initiatives, line extensions, quality improvements, and productivity initiatives.

3. Plan, organize, and conduct plant trials.

4. Execute consumer product guidance tests and sensory analysis, report results, and recommend next steps.

5. Understand, create, implement and modify product and process specifications and procedures.

6. Develop technical solutions to a wide range of formula and processing challenges.

7. Maintain technical skills and personal improvement through completion of appropriate training.

REQUIREMENTS AND MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:

' Minimum of BS degree in Food Science, Engineering or related field is required.
' Position requires approximately 25% travel.

EXPERIENCE:

' Minimum of 3 years experience in food science or related field required.
' Minimum of 3 years experience in product development required.

SKILLS:

' Firm understanding of the product development process including pilot plant development, consumer testing, factory scale-up, and commercialization.
' Strong analytical and problem solving skills, technical competence, and initiative
' Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
' Highly motivated and goal oriented
' Good oral and written communication skills in order to communicate effectively with cross functional team members and management
' Must be a team player and possess good interpersonal skills
' Basic understanding of chemistry of food products, analytical testing, formulations, and processing used in food manufacturing
' Basic understanding of interrelationship of product, process and package
' Ability to work with suppliers to deliver technical components
' Understanding of manufacturing plant capabilities during start-up and production
' Is knowledgeable of and follows applicable safety procedures and GMPs.

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