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Food Scientist - Product Development (Snacks) (10724)

Hershey, PA

 

Requisition Number 10724 - Posted 09/04/2012

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United States - Pennsylvania - Hershey - Research and Development

Staff Scientist Product Development, Snacks

With general direction, assume primary responsibility for undertaking and executing product development projects of major importance, complexity, and scope with emphasis on solution of theoretical problems, or for supervising and coordinating the development efforts of projects having a major impact on the Company’s current and/or future business interests. Undertake research or development projects as assigned, initiating own projects or recommending termination of projects as is necessary. Independently determine technical approaches to be explored as they apply to assigned project or self-initiated projects. Establish objectives and approaches to execute projects. Secure appropriate information as necessary. Solve problems through application of knowledge, experience, and original thinking, and testing solutions. Responsible for the operation of complex equipment for experimentation as required. Evaluate results and draw conclusions from data. Prepare project reports and presentations. Act as consultant throughout the company on problems within area of expertise and make authoritative technical recommendations regarding projects to be undertaken and implementation of results. Interact closely with technical, professional and managerial staff of R&D as well as Production, Marketing, and Legal departments regarding technical or practical problem solutions. Interact with other industries and institutions as required to exchange information and ideas in area of expertise. Provide leadership and instruction to technicians and professionals assigned to assist on a project and provide coordination of efforts of other members of the project team as is necessary.

Responsibilities:

Project Leadership

Under general direction, assume primary responsibility for undertaking and executing fundamental projects of major importance, complexity and scope with emphasis on snack product development. Undertake research or development projects as assigned, initiating own projects or recommending termination of projects as is necessary. Independently determine technical approaches to be explored as they apply to assigned project or self-initiated projects. Establish objectives and approaches to execute projects. Secure appropriate information as necessary. Solve problems through application of knowledge, experience, and original thinking, and testing solutions. Provide leadership and instruction to technicians and professionals assigned to assist on a project and provide coordination of efforts of other members of the project as a team as is necessary


Method development /equipment set-up.

Responsible for the development of complex methods or the operation of complex equipment for experimentation as required
Research design/ data analysis/ report writing.

Evaluate results and draw conclusions from data. Prepare project reports and presentations.

Qualifications:

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science or a related field and 6-7 years of applicable work experience, or a Master’s Degree plus 4-5 years applicable experience or a Ph.D. plus 3 years applicable experience.

Experience: Knowledgeable of food product design and commercialization with experience in confections and snack products strongly preferred.

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform major duties/responsibilities:

Background in snack foods strongly desired

• Demonstrated ability to use technical knowledge
• Be comfortable with operating plant and/or lab equipment
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Attention to detail
• Good mathematical skills
• Possess good computer skills (basic knowledge of Word, Outlook, Excel, Exchange)
• Ability to work in a team environment and independently in a flexible work environment with changing priorities

The Hershey Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The policy of The Hershey Company is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, Veteran Status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected category recognized by state and federal laws.

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