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Product Specialist I (Food Technologist)

St. Louis, Missouri, United States


Company Description

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nestlé S.A. As a leader in the pet products industry, Nestlé Purina is dedicated to improving the lives of cats and dogs around the world through the quality nutrition and care that is offered in our portfolio of more than 40 brands. The company has approximately 7,000 employees in North America and about 14,500 employees worldwide. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, Nestlé Purina has a dynamic work environment that fosters teamwork, professional success, and the ability to make a difference through our pet and community service projects. Nestlé Purina sets the standard for excellence in the pet care industry with high-quality nutritious products, leading research and development capabilities, and worldwide product innovation. At Nestlé Purina, we believe that an investment in people is an investment in our shared future. Working here, you'll discover that training, learning and growth are central to how we do things. Our team members love what they do. We're a dedicated and determined bunch whose passion for pets is matched only by our passion for business. That's why we're a leader in the pet care industry. Nestlé Purina has been recognized as a Best Place to Work within the following categories: Work-Life Balance, Career Opportunities, Recent Grads and the St. Louis Region. The company has also been recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Job Description

Job Description - Product Specialist I (Food Technologist) (13004404)

Job Description

Product Specialist I (Food Technologist)-13004404



The Technical Services group is responsible for the development of short to intermediate-term products, engineering processes, and packaging solutions for the business. We also provide technical support for all of the manufacturing operations associated with the pet food business in the United States, Canada, and China. We are seeking a Product Development Specialist to join our team to develop new pet food products produced in China for the United States and Canadian markets and to provide factory support in China. The individual will also be responsible for qualifying new raw materials, suppliers, and provide technical support of new products after launch. He /she will also help with identifying and leading performance, waste reduction and quality improvement projects. Across all elements of the job, the individual will have the opportunity to work on fast-paced, multi-functional teams focused on getting new products on shelf and providing technical support to China factories. Specific details about the role follow:


Assists with development, scale up and implementation of new and existing technologies to improve the performance of existing products and develop new products.

Develop product formulas using the NPPC formulation system with the appropriate ingredient, nutritional, regulatory, and analytical requirements. Also includes issuing to manufacturing plant, and maintaining as needed.

Coordinates qualification of new raw materials and/or suppliers and act as ingredient lead for all assigned ingredients/raw materials which includes understanding raw material and manufacturing process and impact on NPPC finished products.

Act as technical resource for Marketing to develop a robust pipeline of product development opportunities, which includes developing technical project plans and timelines for all assigned projects.

Provides technical expertise within “discipline” to PTC, Legal, Regulatory, Consumer Marketing, Purchasing, Q.A., CDG, HR, Plants, US Management, and the China Team as it relates to business unit objectives.

Maintain effective communication with the China Team on Projects and Updates as we collaboratively and proactively keeps management and key team project members apprised of issues, risks, timing, and contingencies relevant to technical and business success.

Proactively monitors and provides product maintenance for assigned product responsibilities requiring standardized scientific procedures.

Uses standard guidelines and capability studies to develop products in conjunction with factory systems, Quality Assurance and Marketing to link product performance and specifications.

Works closely with the factories and QualityAssurance in US and China to establish new product, ingredient and process specifications.

Understands and effectively uses NPPC systems and tools required for scheduling activity and tests, collecting and analyzing data, and completing and disseminating accurate reports.

Explores innovative application of pet food product/process possibilities based on current state of art in the area of food technology.

Assist with identifying and implementing cost reduction ideas for assigned product lines and factories.

Perform all other duties as assigned.


Willing to travel approximately 40% - 50% of time






Bachelors Degree in a scientific discipline

Experience (Years/Type):

BS degree and 2+ years experience in a product development, scale-up or operational role or MS/PhD degree and 1 years of experience in a product development, scale up or operational role.

Ability to speak, read and write in both English and Mandarin is required.


Advanced Degree in Science, Meat/Food Science, Chemistry, Biology or related discipline preferred.

Additional Information

This position does not offer sponsorship (e.g., H 1-B visa).

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Please apply directly through our website at:


Have questions? Contact Brittany Dressler at

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