Food Scientist – Owings Mills,
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Technol/Scientists, Research & Development
JOB TITLE: Food Scientist
DEPARTMENT: Product Development
Status Level: Exempt
ACCOUNTABILITY: Vice-President of Technical Services
JOB SUMMARY: Provide technical service and support to our customers and
internally to Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing, Purchasing and Quality
Control as required to generate and maintain sales to Industrial and Food
Service accounts; and train and occasionally provide guidance to Associate
Food Scientists under the direct supervision of the Supervisor – Product
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Specific duties include:
. Maintain close contact with the research and technical groups of
potential and existing customers.
. Monitor the food industry for new developments and trends.
. Develop or modify seasoning blends to meet the parameters of our
Marketing Department or our customer.
. Optimize seasoning blends for quality and profitability.
. Plan, organize, and complete research and properly document the
ingredients or processes for seasoning projects.
. Provide technical assistance in resolution of customer complaints.
. Evaluate alternate ingredient suppliers.
. Investigate and recommend use of excess, aged, or discrepant ingredients,
spices and seasoning blends.
. Provide technical information for use in marketing handouts.
. Maintain contacts with food ingredient suppliers.
. Monitor the seasoning blends, as mixed, for manufacturability i.e.
dustiness, stratification, clarity of mixing instructions.
. Supervise first-time and other production seasoning batches.
. Write ingredient statements and specifications for seasoning blends.
. Travel, as required, with sales managers and directors to meet customers,
perform product demonstrations or attend conventions.
. Provide sales training as required.
. Maintain office, lab, inventory areas and equipment in a safe, clean,
neat and orderly manner.
. Maintain properly labeled, current inventory of ingredients and spices.
. Order from inventory or vendors the ingredients, spices and other
supplies necessary to do research.
. Follow Good Manufacturing Practices and Standard Operating Procedures
when generating samples.
. Verify with QC the suitability for use of ingredients, spices and blends.
. Answer questions regarding the status of projects submitted.
SKILLS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: A Bachelor of Science Degree in Food
Science or a related field with a minimum of 2 years technical experience
required. Proficient in use of personal computers; must be able to learn
MicroSoft Word, Outlook and Access and the ADAGE technical and inventory
system under the direct supervision of the Vice President of Technical
Services. MUST HAVE SEASONING EXPERIENCE
INTER-RELATIONS Contact with customers, other Food Scientist, Sales,
Customer Service, Manufacturing, Quality Control, Purchasing and Marketing
personnel plus outside vendors.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Overtime required occasionally. The employee is
regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles; and is frequently exposed
to moving mechanical parts.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Noise level – Minimal
AUTHORITY: May guide the activities of the Associate Food Scientist, as
NEEDED ATTRIBUTES: Aptitudes: Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism
(formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.) in its most difficult
phases; speak effectively so as to present information and respond to
questions in one-on-one and small group situations to other employees of
the organization; ability to apply principals of logical or scientific
thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems; ability to
read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional
journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations; ability to
write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals; apply
concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to
practical situations; add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of
measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; Temperament:
Ability to remain organized and to work under stressful circumstances and
deadlines; perform a variety of tasks, often changing assignments on short
notice; must have a degree of latitude along with judgment and poise; and
to work with others individually or in a group; Physical: Sitting in a
normal seated position for extended period of time, reaching by extending
hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction, finger dexterity required to manipulate
objects with fingers rather than the whole hand(s) or arm(s), for
ex:.(using a keyboard); regularly required to visually inspect, taste and
smell; stand, walk and lift or carry packages up to 30 pounds; speak and
hear clearly; vision abilities require close vision, distance vision, color
vision, and ability to adjust focus.
THIS DESCRIPTION IS A GENERAL STATEMENT OF REQUIRED MAJOR DUTIES AND
RESPONSIBILITIES PERFORMED ON A REQUIRED AND CONTINUOUS BASIS. IT DOES NOT
EXCLUDE OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED.
FUCHS NORTH AMERICA, INC. IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER