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Product Specialist II (Food Technologist) – St. Louis, MO

Job Number: nest-00025972
Nestle Purina PetCare Company
Technical Services & Manufacturing
St. Louis MO

Relocation: If necessary, relocation assistance will be provided in accordance with Nestlé's relocation policy.

The Technical Services group is responsible for the development of short to intermediate-term products, engineering processes, and packaging solutions for the business. We also provide technical support for all of the manufacturing operations associated with the pet food business in the United States and Canada. We are seeking a Product Development Specialist to join our team to develop new pet food products for the United States and Canadian markets and to provide factory support. The individual will also be responsible for qualifying new raw materials, suppliers, and provide technical support of new products after launch. He /she will also identify and lead performance, waste reduction and quality improvement projects. Across all elements of the job, the individual will have the opportunity to work on fast-paced, multi-functional teams focused on getting new products on shelf and providing technical support to NPPC factories. Specific details about the role follow:

Manage development and implementation of new and existing technologies to improve the performance of existing products and develop new products.

Manages all assigned product formulations and supporting documentation.

Qualifies new raw materials and/or suppliers and acts as ingredient coordinator for all assigned ingredients/raw materials which includes understanding raw material and manufacturing process and impact on NPPC finished products.

Act as key technical resource for Marketing to develop a robust pipeline of product development opportunities, which includes developing technical project plans and timelines for all assigned projects.

Provides technical expertise within 'discipline' to PTC, Legal, Consumer Marketing, PCS, Purchasing, Q.A., CDG, HR, Plants, US Management, and other groups as it relates to business unit objectives.

Collaboratively and proactively keeps management and key team project members apprised of issues, risks, timing, and contingencies relevant to technical and business success.

Proactively monitors and coordinates product maintenance for assigned product responsibilities requiring standardized scientific procedures.

Uses standard guidelines and capability studies to develop products in conjunction with factory systems, Quality Assurance and Marketing to link product performance and specifications.

Works closely with the factory and quality to establish new product and process specifications.

Understands and effectively uses NPPC systems and tools required for scheduling activity and tests, collecting and analyzing data, and completing and disseminating accurate reports.

Explores innovative application of pet food product/process possibilities based on current state of art in the area of food technology.

Initiates and implements cost reduction ideas for assigned product lines and factories.

Travel up to 40% of the time.


Bachelors Degree in a scientific field from an accredited school or university.

4+ years of experience in a product development or scale up/commercialization role.

Advanced Degree in Science, Meat/Food Science, Chemistry, Biology or related discipline preferred
Ability to travel up to 40% of the time.

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