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Senior Food Development Scientist Ė Hershey, PA

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Full Time

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Under general direction, assumes primary responsibility for undertaking and executing Product development projects of major importance, complexity or scope pertaining to Americas and Asia regions. Projects include but are not limited to chocolate confectionery, spicy & sugar confectionery. Participates and leads project design and methodology, problem solving through application of knowledge and original thinking.  Expected to provide leadership working on product platforms. Works with Tech Center based Global Product Development and Research staff in project execution, technology transfer, and problem solving. Observes, records, and evaluates experimental data. Prepares project reports. Works with other technical and professional personnel within the Technical Community as well as manufacturing, operations, quality, procurement, and marketing.  Interacts with Corporate Quality and Regulatory Compliance and plant QA on quality issues. Supports development of technical capabilities of domestic vendors of ingredients. Supports evaluation of contract manufacturing opportunities as needed. Actively participates in the Innovation process. Expected to bring new ideas on products and process across the product range.  Provides leadership and instruction to technical support personnel. Reports to Director.


This role will require up to approximately 25% travel, much of which will be International travel.


Leadership of new product development projects.


Leadership of product and process improvement projects.


Supervise support staff.


Interact with Marketing and commercial area to develop new ideas.


Provides support to QA and Production functions.


Interact with vendors, suppliers, and contract manufacturers.


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:   

Bachelor's required.  Master's / PhD in Food Science very strongly preferred.  Ideal candidate will have confection experience.  CPG experience highly valued. 


This role can be filled at one of two levels and minimum experience for each level is described below.


Associate Staff Scientist - Bachelorís Degree plus and 6-7 years of applicable work experience, or a Masterís Degree plus 4-5 years applicable experience or a Ph.D. plus 3 years applicable experience.


Staff Scientist - Bachelorís Degree plus and 8-9 years of applicable work experience, or a Masterís Degree plus 6-7 years applicable experience or a Ph.D. plus 4-5 years applicable experience.

  • Fundamental knowledge of at least one branch of the sciences and ability to apply that knowledge to confectionery technology
  • Comfortable operating laboratory, pilot plant and plant  equipment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (bilingual if possible: Spanish or Mandarin preferred)
  • Attention to detail
  • Good mathematical skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment and independently in a flexible work environment with frequently changing priorities.

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Hershey is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V




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