Food Scientist – Burnsville, MN


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Company: Quality Ingredients

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·         Job ID:Food Scientist

·         Date:10/14/2009

·         Location:Burnsville

·         State:Minnesota

·         Degree:B.S./B.A.

·         Major:Food Science


DOE-highly competitive


Job Types:

Food Technol/Scientists, Research & Development

Job Description

Below you will find the job description. Let me tell you about Quality Ingredients now. QIC is a 100% employee-owned company. We pride ourselves on our customer service, safety/quality records, and promoting open and honest communications. We expect all employee-owners to be technically proficient in their positions, but also to foster great relatiionships with all external customers and internal employee-owners. In return, you can be part of a company that has great expectations for the near future, and you can help us exceed our goals!

Are you the one?

Job Title: Food Scientist

Summary: Coordinates the procurement and distribution of materials, parts, equipment, and supplies for the organization by performing the following duties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: •Develop product formulations for new products and matching competitive products to meet customer requirements. •Provide and document formula modifications as required and requested for production. •Identify, approve and write specifications for new and existing ingredients. Write complete and accurate product specification sheets as required. •Maintain current and accurate product formulations utilizing the computer program. •Assist in maintaining a current and accurate ingredient database for all ingredients utilizing QIC computer software program. •Collaborate with associated production plants to establish manufacturing procedures, being present as necessary. •Conduct plant trials for the purpose of producing samples for customer evaluation and/or approving manufacturing plant, procedures or new product start-ups. •Prepare product samples to fill customer sample requests. •Support the Sales staff through direct discussions with customers regarding product characteristics and performance as required. •Tests new products in test kitchen and develops specific processing methods in laboratory pilot plant. •Responsible for following Good Lab Practices, Good Manufacturing Practices. •Communicates findings to supervisor or the organization verbally and in writing. •Investigates, troubleshoots complaints and makes resolution while working with the Quality Department. •Other duties may be assigned.

Competency: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures. Design - Generates creative solutions; Translates concepts and information into images; Demonstrates attention to detail. Problem Solving - Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions. Project Management - Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget. Customer Service - Responds promptly to customer needs; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments. Interpersonal - Maintains confidentiality. Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills. Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Able to read and interpret written information. Change Management - Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance. Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well. Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness. Visionary Leadership - Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust. Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition. Cost Consciousness - Develops and implements cost saving measures.Ethics - Works with integrity and ethically. Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition. Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation. Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention. Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Experience: Bachelor's degree (B. A.) in Food Science or Dairy Science from four-year college or university; and five to seven years related experience and/or training in product development and ingredient functionality.

Masters degree(M.S.) in Food Science or Dairy Science, and one to three years related experience and/or training in product development and ingredient functionality.

Language Ability: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.

Math Ability: Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.,) in its most difficult phases. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software; Spreadsheet software and Database software.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision, Distance vision, Depth perception and Ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is frequently required to walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel.




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