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Career Opportunities: R&D Formulation Scientist (3341)


Req Id 3341 - Posted 05/02/2013 - 025334 R and D - Salt lake City - Research & Development - Full-time


Title: R&D Formulations Scientist

Location: Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Department: R&D – VMS Category

Reports to: R&D Senior Scientist – Formulations Lead, VMS Category

Supervision of Others: Directly: None

Indirectly: None

Position Overview:

1) Formulate and provide technical support for nutritional products and dietary supplements.

2) Product lines include dry mix beverages, ready to drink beverages, fortified food bars, gummies, strips, chews, effervescent products, and traditional solid dosage products (tablets, capsules, softgels).

3) Within given time constraints and minimal supervision, execute all aspects of formulation from bench top to manufacture.

Duties and Responsibilities:


Independently develop and understand the design of experimental work to obtain results consistent with project objectives.

·         Initiate professional recommendation to improve accuracy and efficiency of development process.

·         Set up theoretical nutrient/ingredient calculations to fit product profile.

·         Set up theoretical quick quote cost that fits the product profile.

·         Know benefit and functionality of raw ingredients.

·         Design experiments to test hypothesis at bench top, pilot plant and plant level.

·         Provide appropriate information for stability protocol.

·         Create sensory protocols for evaluation of product sensory attributes. Understand statistical design for comparative studies.

·         Work with and provide direction to outside R&D/supplier resources.


Independently execute experimental work to obtain valid results in a timely manner.

·         Initiate and conduct experiments to validate product and process at bench top, pilot plant, and plant level.

·         Handle multiple projects and priorities as assigned through proper time management.

·         Conduct descriptive and comparative sensory panels to characterize product attributes and quantify differences. Analyze data and make recommendations based on statistical methods.

·         Respond effectively and efficiently to changes in project priorities and needs.

·         Safely operate laboratory and pilot plant equipment used in projects.

·         Audit and maintain existing products by trouble shooting raw materials and plan processes, and correcting label errors.

·         Finalize JDE bill of materials (BOM).

·         Troubleshoot production problems.


Independently analyze data to provide a relevant interpretation, draw valid conclusions and make appropriate recommendations for active projects.

·         Recommend next steps to move project over technical hurdles.

·         Utilize sensory/consumer data to refine product formulation.

·         Understand general analytical principles as they apply to instrumentation, methodology, product matrix interference relevant to understanding analytical results on raw materials and finished products.

·         Demonstrate working understanding of accuracy and precision as it applies to project results.

·         Make creative judgments based upon observation/interpretation of results.


Records and communicates methods, results and conclusions to provide a basis for next steps in a project.

·         Review nutrition/supplemental facts panels and ingredient, process and finished product specifications.

·         Effectively use internal/external resources to achieve project objectives.

·         Achieve project objectives through use of intra and inter departmental teams.

·         Communicate project findings to peers, management via e-mail, business memos, reports and oral presentations.

·         Maintain current data/information on projects in a project database.


Utilize available resources to determine relevant technology and processes to understand, explain and implement projects such as search engines in the internet, etc.

·         Technically promote by introducing new methods, raw materials and equipment.

·         Competitively insulate projects by developing patents and trade secrets.

·         Improve existing product and reduce costs with new formulations, ingredient modification or substitution.

·         Know ingredients and their functionality as it pertains to finished product.

·         Seek out and apply new technologies through university and suppliers to enhance competitive advantage.


Develop understanding of raw materials and specific lab methodology as applicable to project work to support groups. Be able to interact with multidisciplinary and diverse teams such as Sales, Marketing, Suppliers and Customers.

Knowledge and Skills:

Solid knowledge of food science and engineering. Strong understanding of statistics as applied to design of experiments and sensory. Ability to work with other disciplines. Attention to detail.

Education and Work Experience:

Minimum Requirements: Education in relevant major. Bachelor’s Degree with 3+ years (or M.S. and 2+ yrs.) relevant experience in appropriate discipline and/or measurable business, technical accomplishments.

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