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R&D Scientist - New Business Development Barrington, IL



Date: Aug 4, 2013

Location: Barrington, IL, USA

Quaker has created a new cross functional team to focus on New Business Development, the scope of which extends beyond Quaker's current core product areas (i.e. Hots, RTE, Snack Bars, Cookies, Lite Snacks, Aunt Jemima, Golden Grain) in order to bring the power of oats to new categories and grow the Quaker business with highly incremental innovation that is truly new to the Quaker portfolio and differentiated in the marketplace.

The team requires a hand-on food product development professional that is highly creative and entrepreneurial with the technical breadth and experience to develop product formulations across a wide range of food systems that are new-to-Quaker.

Key Accountabilities:



         Support new idea generation, prototype development, product optimization, and production start-up as part of the product development life cycle.


         Utilize scientific methods to develop knowledge that creates business opportunities that support the company strategic market objectives.


         Provide technical and business risk assessment/perspectives related to new product development.


         Design and execute experiments, and analyze and interpret data to make sound technical recommendations on product and process issues.


         Know in detail and follow the innovation process to ensure a robust product design.


         Leverage external and internal experts for key analytical and sensory research.


         Perform basic economic evaluations on ingredients, ingredient suppliers, and product formulations


         Develop product formulations that leverages expertise in food chemistry and food ingredient functionality


         Develop complete product attribute specifications for new products.


         Partner externally to source ingredients and leverage vendor expertise in ingredient functionality.






         Participate as an active member of cross-functional business development teams comprised of individuals from a variety of disciplines, including Marketing, Purchasing, Engineering, and other groups.


         Work together with the Technology Applications and New Platforms team to develop strategic and competitive solutions for the platform.


         Partnering with R&D disciplines as Quality Assurance, Food Safety, Nutrition, Regulatory, to ensure a robust, safe and legal product design.






         B.S. Food Science (or equivalent)


         2+ years professional experience


         Baked goods experience highly desired


         Culinary training a strong plus


         Background in development and commercialization of new products and/or support of operations is a plus


         The ability and interest to work in test kitchen, laboratory, pilot plant and manufacturing scale environments is required


         Strong communication skills (oral and written)


         Must be willing and able to travel 25% of the time



Demonstrated Personal Traits:





         Strategic thinker


         Results driven


         Team player (good interpersonal skills, able to inspire/lead others)


         Positive, "can do" attitude



Equal Opportunity Employment M/F/D/V

Ref: 27683BR

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