Senior Product Development Scientist – Functional Foods – St, Louis, MO

 

File Date:

08/18/2009

Job Code:

896

Specialty Area:

Food Production

Position Title:

Senior Product Development Scientist – Functional Foods – St, Louis, MO

Position Disciplines:

Professional Skills:

Degree Requirement:

Graduate Degree

City:

St. Louis

State:

Missouri

Experience in Years Required:

7+ Years

Salary Range:

$100000 - $120000

Bonus Range:

$0 - $25

Travel Requirement:

Up to 25%

Relocation Expenses Covered:

Yes

Benefits

Medical

Dental

Vision

Life Insurance

Disability

401K/403B

Tuition Reimbursement

 

Description:

The position will build and advance the company’s NEW food research and development program for their functional food products from concept through commercialization.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Develop both standard and innovative food (bakery, dairy, soups, sauces, frozen, Microwavable) and beverage (carbonated and non-carbonated, juices etc.) applications using existing and future products to demonstrate the Company’s product line in support of existing and new business growth opportunities at targeted customers.

Develop new products and line extensions and manage product development activity (Design test work, obtain resources, evaluate results with team and determine direction, maintain appropriate records of work) from concept through commercialization.

Develop creative solutions for a wide range of complex problems which require a significant amount of ingenuity and creativity.

Provide leadership in a team environment and actively contribute ideas and physical assistance while further developing an expertise in the use of the company’s ingredients and food items.

Design and conduct test trials at second party R&D facilities, customer sites and external toll manufacturers on pilot and commercial scales.

Conduct production scale-up and troubleshooting at startup of new products.

Build and assemble, maintain and improve sensory expertise panel by conducting focus group and trained panel sensory product testing.

Coordinate the tasks with other departments (Marketing, QA, Operations, and Purchasing) to meet project goals and to manage the project timetable.

Participate in team and departmental activities such as panels, meetings, committees, administrative obligations.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Ph.D. in Food Science, Food Engineering or related field. MS degree may be considered with work experience demonstrating equivalent technical skills.

Experience:

7+ years of food (bakery, dairy, soups, sauces) and beverage (juices, carbonated and non-carbonated) product formulation and development from concept to commercialization.

Technical and Managerial Skills:

Hands-on.

Strong formulation and understanding of food systems.

Strong knowledge of lipids, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins, omega-3 oils, antioxidants and ingredient functionality and knowledge of food processing.

Develop creative solutions for a wide range of complex problems requiring a significant amount of ingenuity and creativity.

Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and assignments.

Strong understanding of the relationship of processing equipment and formulation.

Strong understanding and development of product financial costing analysis.

External relationships with B2B clients and 3rd party vendors.

A strong team player with the ability to communicate with all levels of management, excellent organizational skills, strong problem solving skills, a high attention to detail, both in written documentation and verbal clarity.

Position requires 15-30% travel.

Salary $100-120k, 25% company performance bonus, Medical, Dental, Life Insurance Employee Assistance Program, Disability, Holidays, Vacation, Exceptional 401K Program, Tuition Reimbursement.

Recruiter Assigned to this Position: Joe Cresci

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