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R&D Nutritionist Blacksburg, VA

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A Spectrum Brands company, United Pet Group (UPG) is a leading global marketer and manufacturer of pet supplies with well established brand names such as Marineland, Tetra, Dingo and Nature's Miracle, to name a few. UPG's primary focus is passionate pet owners who seek the best for their pets.

The R&D Nutritionist is responsible for working with Marketing and the R&D Manager to develop, revise and review the chemical and nutritional value of new and existing products and to provide support and provide expertise in the area of animal health and well being.

     Develop, revise and review the composition and nutritional value of feeds, feed supplements, and treats for companion animals, small animals, reptiles, fish and birds

     Work with marketing, regulatory and QA in expanding existing treat and feed products and support the development of new products

     Direct and analyze stability studies for new and existing formulas

     Work with sourcing to qualify new raw materials and new suppliers

     Investigate Consumer Complaint samples and recommend and implement corrective actions if needed

     Gatekeeper for updating formula data and product specifications in UPG databases

     Interface with Marketing to understand their targets and objectives, and the specific needs of the market

     Monitoring feed formulations to meet quality, performance and animal health standards

     Assessing animal treat and feed manufacturing techniques and providing recommendations for best manufacturing practices

     Using computer software to formulate diets, conduct research and generate reports

     Assist in the development of product processing specifications

     Research the effectiveness of dietary regimes

Required Skills

     High level of prioritization and organization.

     Strong interpersonal skills.

     Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization.

     Problem Solving and analytical abilities.

     Strong PC and Microsoft Office knowledge.

     SAP knowledge preferred.

     Ability to travel domestically and internationally, typically less than 10% annually.

Required Experience

     Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture, Life Science, Animal Science, Food Science, Veterinary Science, Nutrition, or related field. Master's Degree preferred.

     Two (2)+ years of relevant experience.

     Experience working with nutritional products in a manufacturing setting preferred.

     Knowledge of various companion animals, e.g. cat, dog, bird, fish, reptile, ferret, hamster, and guinea pig, a plus.

     Knowledge of Aafco, NASC or FDA preferred.

     Experience working with Marketing on claim development and validation preferred.


Job Location

Blacksburg, Virginia, United States

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