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Career Opportunities: Senior Food Scientist (Parsippany, NJ) (2803)

Req Id 2803 - Posted 09/29/2011

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REQ ID:  2803
LOCATION:  Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046

Millions of times a day in more than 85% of American households, consumers reach for Pinnacle Foods brands. We are a leading producer, marketer and distributor of high-quality branded food products, which have been trusted household names for decades. Headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, our business employs more than 4,500 people in North America. We are a leader in the shelf stable and frozen foods segments and our brands hold the #1 or #2 market position in 8 out of 12 major category segments in which they compete. Our Duncan Hines Grocery Division manages brands such as Duncan Hines® baking mixes and frostings, Vlasic® pickles, peppers, and relish, Mrs. Butterworth’s® and Log Cabin® syrups, Armour® canned meats, Nalley® and Brooks® chili and chili ingredients, and Open Pit® barbecue sauces.  Our Birds Eye Frozen Division manages brands such as Birds Eye®, Birds Eye Steam fresh®, C&W®, McKenzie’s®, and Fresh like® vegetables, Birds Eye Voila!® meals, Aunt Jemima® frozen breakfasts, Swanson® and Hungry-Man® dinners and entrees, Van de Kamp’s® and Mrs. Paul’s® seafood, Lender’s® bagels and Celeste® frozen pizza. Our Specialty Foods Division manages Tim’s Cascade Snacks®, Hawaiian™ Kettle Style Potato Chips, Snyder of Berlin® and Husman’s® in addition to our food service and private label businesses.



Independently plans and conducts multiple assigned project assignments relating to food product development in the Department of Research and Development.



1. Food product development from concept stage through commercialization for a wide range of product systems. Responsibilities include sensory and shelf life studies.
2. Apply knowledge of plant equipment, plant processes and facilities.
3. Independently design and execute experiments using recognized procedures.
4. Interpret test results and independently identify and execute next steps.
5. Apply knowledge of project management process and independently lead assigned projects.
6. Determine technical risks and recommend contingency plans.
7. Anticipate changing project needs and priorities.
8. R&D representative for assigned projects; responsible for interfacing with cross functional team members to accomplish project objectives on time including Quality, Packaging Development, Marketing, Market Research , Operations and Finance.
9. Handle multiple assignments simultaneously, including Innovation, Productivity and Quality initiatives.
10. Generate and maintain accurate and complete records including official lab notebook and utilization of on-line specification system.
11. Conduct and structure project presentations to department and brand management.
12. Responsible for technician assignments as it relates to project work.
13. Stay abreast of technical trends and their potential applications related to company needs
14. Utilize internal and external information to problem solve.
15. Perform other R&D duties as assigned.






• Proficiency in food product formulation and commercialization of new products and processes.
• Bakery technical experience, baking formulation knowledge, pancake syrup and /or canned meat processing technology highly desirable. Certified Baker a plus.
• Ability to perform responsibilities as outlined above.



• BS/MS Food Science or equivalent



• Minimum 4 years food product development experience from bench top to production start up is required.
• Project Experience:
Demonstrated success on multiple development projects in the food industry
Demonstrated success leading projects independently



Proficient in Microsoft office
Knowledge of experimental design techniques
Good written and verbal communication skills




Pinnacle Foods Group LLC, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All openings will be filled based on the qualifications without regard to race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, sponsor, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or as a veteran of the Vietnam Era. All applicants are invited to complete the Affirmative Action Supplement.

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