Food Technologist Solon, OH


Job Number: nest-00015396
Nestle Professional
Product Development
Solon OH

POSITION SUMMARY:
Provides technical product development knowledge and services to support the development of new or improved products and processes for Bases, Shelf Stable and Hand Held food categories with special emphasis on Base Technology (including ambient, refrigerated and frozen products). Manages multiple projects from bench top product development through pilot plant trials and factory scale up.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Responsible for managing Nestle Professional projects from concept development through commercialization. Major responsibilities include but are not limited to:

' Develop new products for Nestle Professional, with emphasis on ambient and refrigerated bases and concentrates but including other shelf stable technologies. Prioritize, design, and evaluate testwork for quality, feasibility, and cost effectiveness.
' Provide maintenance support for existing products; reformulation, ingredient and product evaluation; conduct and document shelf life tests, sensory difference panels and internal approval panels.
' Manage product development test kitchen activity to quickly meet customer requests and conduct bench top work as needed to evaluate recipes and processes or when required to meet timelines.
' Coordinate and execute test kitchen and pilot plant tests, shelf life tests and initial product scale-up activities.
' Work with L.J. Minor factory and co-packers to coordinate trials and production scale-ups and travel to co-packers and client facilities to provide technical support.
' Complete required documentation and paperwork including scale up packets, label information, new product and ingredient information and processing requirements.
' Participate in team panels and meetings as well as individual development activities.

Other projects and duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS AND MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:
Requires a B.S. degree in Food Science/Technology or related science.

EXPERIENCE:
2 years product development experience, or hands-on course work with focused internship in product development; factory exposure and related product experience highly desirable.

SKILLS:
' Strong project management and organizational skills are necessary, as well as good communication skills.
' Food science technical skills and creative culinary skills are required. Should be experienced in food product development.
' Candidates must be able to thrive in a fast-paced, multi-project/task environment and possess ability to move between product categories and adapt easily to customer's changing needs.
' Must be comfortable working in a production facility.
' The individual must have good creative, problem solving and organizational skills, as well as good communications skills and teamwork ability.
' Individual must be able to work independently while able to support the overall objectives of a team.

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