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