Senior Scientist Job - Food Science - Land O'Lakes – St. Paul, MN





Land O'Lakes, Inc.


St. Paul, Minnesota, United States of America (USA)

Application deadline:

Nov 15, 2010

Start of work:

Dec 1, 2010


Job description

Simply send you CVs to and please mention this requisition number (LL-101008-RG) in the subject line of your mail.

Land O'Lakes, Inc. would be nothing without our amazing employees. All 9,000 of them. Today, we are a company with more than $10 billion in annual revenue in 2009 and the second-largest cooperative in America. This success reflects the efforts, commitment and pride of our employees. As we continue to build on this success, we'll always be looking for talented people to help us grow.

Since 1921, we have been member owned and operated. We are a market- and customer-driven cooperative committed to optimizing the value of our members' dairy, crop and livestock production. We do business in all fifty states and have a presence in more than sixty countries, with our headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Here at Land O'Lakes, Inc., we value and recognize the unique talents and potential of all employees, and we are dedicated to being a high-performing organization built on the foundation of a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you are interested in becoming a part of this amazing team, please visit our website at

Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods division is a leading marketer of a full line of dairy-based consumer, foodservice and food ingredient products across the United States. The LAND O LAKES® brand is recognized and valued by consumers and customers nationwide and internationally.

The Sr Scientist will be part of the Land O’ Lakes’ Dairy R&D team of professionals who have broad skill sets and expertise. Motivated and innovative Scientists will have the opportunity to contribute to overall company performance resulting in career growth. This position will support the Foodservice B2B team and lead new product development projects from bench to commercialization. Projects are driven by innovation within the R&D team, market research and strategic enterprise food customers. The Senior Scientist will contribute to continued Foodservice growth through expanding current products as well as new technology, markets and product lines. Will have the opportunity to utilize analytical and problem solving skills with regard to technical product issues and interact with internal and external customers, as well as at the manufacturing facilities.

Projects are focused on dairy products such as process cheese, sauces and butter spreads as well as frozen, refrigerated and shelf-stable products along with health & wellness initiatives such as sodium reduction and reduced fat. Managing multiple projects is required using the stage gate process, which increases the overall success through prioritization and cross-functional collaboration. This position will translate customer/consumer needs into product attributes, therefore requires a passion for food science and a philosophy of quality and integrity. Dynamic and driven food science professionals will be part of Land O’ Lakes Dairy R&D succession plan, with opportunities for personal and professional growth.


MS in Food Science, Dairy Science or Engineering from an accredited university. Solid understanding of Food Science principles, in-depth technical knowledge of food formulations and processes, ingredient functionality and project management. Knowledge of product/process/package interactions, manufacturing processes, finished product applications in food service channel, food processing, QA/HACCP/DHSE requirements, and experience using experimental design. Proven track record in working with external customers to achieve final product.

Proactive leadership skills used to achieve results through cross functional teamwork with internal and external resources. Proficient in project management using stage gate process. Strong planning and organization skills; ability to manage multiple, rapidly changing priorities; focused to achieve customer expectations. Excellent communication/interpersonal skills with technical/business partners/customers and the ability to achieve accelerated time tables while maintaining cooperative working relationships. Proven technical problem solving ability. Experience using statistical design. Culinary or culinology experience desirable. Preferred experience with emulsions; refrigerated, frozen and shelf stable dairy systems is a plus. Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

An advanced degree such as a PhD with 7-10 years of experience in food service or business to business food product development, dairy experience is a plus.
Minimum of 7 yrs of experience in business to business customer technical development.

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