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Sr Food Scientist Ė Lisle, IL


McCain Foods Limited

Job Description

Experienced professional who provides technical leadership, competence and experience to lead and/or support multiple global and regional projects with an emphasis on new product development, product line extensions, product/process improvements, cost reduction, margin improvement, or other work as assigned.
Position contributes to delivering the business objectives through the application of advance, specialized technical knowledge. Serves as a technical mentor and resource to colleagues and management. Capable of leading cross functional teams. Work in partnership with the other disciplines involved in the project team following the general principles of project management.



  • Partnering with Marketing, Marketing Research, Quality Assurance, Sensory, Manufacturing, and other Scientists to identify opportunities to drive business growth
  • Provide technical expertise to effectively lead new product development, margin enhancement, quality improvement and ingredient technology projects from protocepts to completion by leveraging current and new enabling technologies.
  • Apply advanced scientific knowledge to solve technical hurdles and issues relative to products and processes.
  • Leverage vendor technical core competencies as resource network for product development.
  • Ensure, procedures and documentation ensuring all necessary information is documented and available for seamless transition to production and QA.
  • Act as a technical mentor to teach junior scientists on technical procedures and processes.
  • Keeping current with advancements in ingredient technology and food science by taking advantage of technical journals, attending technical presentations by suppliers, and networking with colleagues and experts in the field
  • Conceive, plan, design and conduct independent and/or collaborate activities on ingredients, formulations and processes related to the development of new and improved products, analyzing experiments and the results to broaden scientific understanding.
  • Generate timelines taking into consideration all aspects of the project such as cost, conditions of satisfaction from gate 0 to gate 2. Partner with Commercial Lead and Project manager to deliver business objectives
  • Play an active role in leading the project teams for your projects with relevant internal or external partners throughout the process to provide novel solutions to a wide range of projects.
  • Complete all relevant documentation to allow the business to claim any grants or tax relief available to them
  • Oversee junior Scientistís/technicianís project activities
  • Maintain good relationships and communicate internally and externally with project team functions and any other associated departments.
  • Provide scientific direction and feedback to others sharing knowledge throughout the organization and with major suppliers, updating at quarterly meetings on project progress.
  • Present findings and solutions on a regular basis professionally and confidently at a level which is easily understood.
  • Regularly update Senior Leadership Team as to status of projects and any change to key milestones.
  • Collaborate with the innovation chefs, providing technical feedback to allow them to apply the learning to adapt the creation of recipe.



  • Keep abreast of trends, ingredients and new product introductions, sharing relevant information with the rest of the PD team
  • Interface with customers, suppliers and co-packers, as required to meet department and Company objectives:


    • Realizes customer needs by collaborating with the innovation chef to develop new concepts, prototypes and products.


  • Leads raw material sourcing, evaluation, improvement and approval activities with Purchasing functions and/or suppliers.
  • Support Sales and Marketing in developing and delivering effective customer presentations.
  • Provides technical support to Operations, QA, Procurement, Engineering and other departments, as assigned, in identifying and solving product design and manufacturing issues.


Research and Development

Travel Required









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