Research & Development,
Science | Enid, OK, United States
JOIN ONE OF THE MOST MILITARY FRIENDLY COMPANIES IN THE
YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THE MILITARY COUNTS
APF, a rapidly growing company that values a talented,
diverse, and dedicated workforce has an opening for a FOOD SCIENTIST.
We're proud to have a diverse team, value individual contributions, talent,
and provide a wide array of developmental opportunities, rewarding those who
are results-oriented, live up to their commitments, and can align their work
activities with our goals.
GENERAL JOB SUMMARY
position is responsible manage the investigations, experimental design,
formulation testing, decision making, and commercialization of multiple new
products and current product optimization projects. The incumbent will work
under the leadership of a Group Manager. Able to gather input from internal
and external sources to solve issues.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Direct the coordinated
development of new products and improvements of current products to
deliver on objectives of the annual business plans. Apply sound culinary
techniques to design products with consumer/customer valued attributes.
- Lead multiple complex
development projects using detailed investigations, well thought out
experimental design, sound scientific techniques and data based decision
- Investigate for product and
- Work with other departments
(Manufacturing, Engineering, Maintenance, Quality and Purchasing) to
determine equipment, materials and processes necessary to produce
products to maximize capacity and optimize product quality and
- Insure accurate product
information input to Cost Accounting to maintain the integrity of data
entered into manufacturing management systems.
- Assure technically sound
sensory panels are conducted for product development, shelf-life
studies, improving/maintaining present products and competitive testing.
- Identify and complete technical
study of ingredients, suppliers, co-packers relevant to meeting project
objectives and meeting AdvancePierre
Productivity and Cost Savings
- Understand standard product
cost models and raw material markets.
- Stimulate and coordinate cost
savings projects. Calculate total savings.
- Carry out detailed
investigations to advise the Productivity teams in areas of product
formulation and yields. Identify and use different methods of creative
idea generation by staff for new product concepts or product
Target Market and Customer Understanding
- Understand the needs of the
customer in the target market segments. Coordinate and participate in
- Be knowledgeable on current
market trends through participation in food shows, sales meeting,
technical presentations, reviewing periodicals, and partnerships with
- Support sales and marketing
organization in idea generation, product usage opportunities.
Technical Expertise and Idea Generation
- Maintain current technical
knowledge in regulations, new ingredients, processes, and equipment
through trade journals professional meetings, food shows and technical
- Know the competitive products
in the marketplace.
- Recommend and advocate new
product concepts which should be taken to next level of development.
- Evaluate relevant competitive
products to determine market opportunities for new products and
application recommendations for current products.
- Maintain a working knowledge of
current USDA, FDA, FNS, and Canadian and Mexican regulations (as
applicable to assignments) as they relate to the food processing
industry. Establish knowledgeable contacts with expertise in
- Develop and obtain approved
labels for products developed.
- Know how TQC and HACCP programs
affect new products.
- Provide raw material
information and formula to AdvancePierre
regulatory leaders to create the nutritional analysis, product analysis,
and nutritional facts panels.
- Know commodity reprocessing
regulations and how to enter information for End Product Data Schedules
as required for school feeding programs.
- Coordinate and implement the
training of the product development staff. Act as a mentor for staff members
with less experience.
- Participate in the
prioritization of the product development projects across the business
- Coordinate and lead the staff
in the completion of support functions of the department such as
facilities management, equipment maintenance, coordinating meetings,
Relationships with Internal and External Resources
- Understand the capabilities of
co-packers and plants within the company. Help select co-packers with
new capabilities meeting AdvancePierre
Supplier requirements. Build relationships with resources within the
co-packer organization and keep current with needs and capabilities.
Oversee the negotiation of time schedules, product components, and costs
- Participate in sales meetings
to educate sales personnel on technical issues and the New Product
- Coordinate with Manufacturing
and Accounting the implementation of products in the process development
program. Participate in the setting of standards of new yields and
- Communicate frequently with
resource people related to the industry.
Contribute to Department and Company Strategies,
Objectives and Systems
- Contribute to the development
of departmental objectives, standard operating procedures and policies.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Technical knowledge and good
- Mature, enthusiastic, motivated
- Effective written and oral
- Excellent PC skills with high
level functional understanding of Word, Excel, Project, Prism, BPCS and
- Good organization skills with
the ability to plan projects/activities with a high energy level.
- Creative problem solving
skills, sound judgment, and an orientation towards innovation.
- Profit oriented.
- Ability to establish
credibility with others, as well as be decisive.
- Ability to recognize and
support the organizations preferences and priorities.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- B.S. or M.S. degree in Food
Science/Food Technology/Animal Science or related area with at least 3
to 5 years experience in the meat or food
- Proven success as Development
Technologist with experience in multiple product categories.
- Any equivalent combination of
experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills,
If you are interested in this great opportunity with a
competitive salary, please APPLY now!