The Research and Development Food Scientist is responsible for
developing New Food Products from concept to commercialization in support
of company growth objectives with a focus in
hot cereals. She / He serves as the technical expert for projects including
product improvements, quality improvements, customer requests, cost savings
initiatives, technology development, and in the efficient utilization of
the manufacturing network. The primary responsibility will be to apply food
science and human nutrition education and skills through innovation and project
leadership, in support of the various projects assigned. Research and
Development work is conducted in the pilot plant and in the production
facilities. The Food Scientist will have product maintenance
responsibilities. He / She will be mentored by more experienced Food
Science professionals who will provide guidance on projects and technical
issues and offer opportunities to develop advanced knowledge and skills.
The Food Scientist will further develop relationships with other R&D
team members, the production facilities, and the cross functional team
members assigned to the projects.
- Apply Food Science and Human
Nutrition education and skills to assigned work.
- Plan, execute, evaluate and
report on the technical aspects of the product development/improvement
projects as assigned.
- Act as the technical expert
for assigned maintenance products:
- Complete and maintain
emulation assessments for current products
- Assist more experienced Food
Scientists on portions of projects for training purposes, and to
ensure completion of the department’s high priority projects and
technical work assignments.
- Set up, operate, and clean
the pilot plant equipment including mixers, extruders, cookers, ovens,
rolls, coating, and dryers.
- Design, coordinate and
execute pilot plant and plant trials.
- Effectively document details
of experiments: objectives, formulas, processing conditions, required
equipment and equipment setup, results and next steps.
- Develop Specifications,
Formulas, and Nutrition labeling.
- Manage projects with some
- Question processes and
procedures. Suggest and test alternatives.
- Interact professionally and
effectively with the R&D team to ensure completion of department
- Develop a Food Industry
network of contacts in support of career development initiatives.
- Able to lift up to 50 lbs.,
walk / stand for up to 70% of the time while performing pilot plant
and plant trials, able to travel up and down stairs and ladders to
platforms in a production setting, and work in cold/hot plant
- Proficiently utilize Research
and Development software such as the Project Plans Database,
Formulation Software and Statistics Software.
- A flexible
schedule is required to support testing including travel. Occasionally
plant trials must be conducted during off shifts and weekends.