designing, developing and evaluating prototypes and new product lines.
Run sensory product
panels and coordinate product cuttings. Responsible for project
management from product development to
commercialization. Assist the sample order department on an as needed
Develop and prepare new/revised formulations in the Product Development
Lab and pilot plant. Be able to identify potential cost reductions,
alternate ingredients or overall formula optimization.
Must be familiar with manufacturing procedures relative to the bakery and
topping plant and be knowledgeable about product produced there. This
will entail project work at these facilities and ability to identify
potential processing optimization.
Participate in group brainstorming of new or revised products;
investigate opportunities and ideas for new products. Stay current on new
technologies in ingredients/processing via trade magazine and other
Coordinate sensory panels on storage study items or products that
represent changes in operating procedures. Work with technicians in
compiling data and results.
Design storage studies on new products or alternate ingredients.
Coordinate these studies with Sample Processing Specialist or Product
Lead scale up of product from bench to production. Issue specifications
for raw materials, formulations, packaging, etc. that are in compliance
with FDA and USDA regulations and CN program as applicable.
Ensure all personal Product Development projects are up-to-date, complete
and files are available in a centralized location or are easily
attainable. Keep an accurate and organized notebook.
Maintain supplies and equipment in Product Development, pilot plant and
dry storage area. This will include ordering rotation of ingredients to
ensure top quality of all samples.
Establish and maintain contacts with various supplier representatives and
their technical service departments.
Assist in the evaluation of quality problems with Quality Assurance and
manufacturing that requires technical expertise, and outline further
testing steps and procedures as needed.
Responsible for setting any testing procedures or parameters for
measuring product quality, especially for new items.
Work in conjunction with Sample Processing Specialists in preparing
initial sample orders of new or revised products.
Keep Product Development lab, pilot plant and storage areas in a neat,
orderly and sanitary fashion
Perform special duties and projects as directed by the Product
Responsible for researching and staying current on the latest information
in regard to sensory.
Responsible for establishing and optimizing sensory methodology used by
the company. Once established, train and document new procedures.
Assist Sales & Marketing in designing specific programs for their
requirements (i.e. surveys, focus groups, trained panels).
Act as a resource for group in setting up sensory panels and data
Establish and/or research computerized system for sensory evaluation.
Education: Prefer a B.S. in Food Science/Technology, Nutrition or any related
science field. Will accept an Associates Degree in Food Science and
Nutrition field with a minimum of 5 years experience in product
Experience: With B.S., one to three years experience in food product
development, quality assurance or related scientific field. Bakery and/or
frozen food industry preferred.