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Product Development Scientist
Happy Family Brands - Boise, ID

Overall Function:

The Product Development Scientist reports to and works closely with the Senior Principal Scientist in R&D, and is responsible for delivering specifically assigned Research and Development technically based product development activities on time. Secondly, the Product Development Scientist is accountable for completing R&D projects which meet marketing and sales generated expectations for creating and executing new product concepts and finished product matches from the initial concept through commercialization stages.

This position will play a vital role in the development of finished product formulas and cost improved formulas while expanding the current finished product portfolio. This post will be involved in raw material sourcing and approval, plus finished product formula costing. The position will also actively interface with marketing, the supply chain, quality, production and research and development resources.

This position will ensure consistent regulatory compliance with all production processes and materials. The position will deliver R&D technical support while also meeting the business needs of Happy Family Brands. Lastly, this person will be actively involved with specific R&D projects at the Boise, Idaho located R&D laboratory.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Actively participate in assigned technical R&D product development activities
  • Desire a detailed knowledge of food manufacturing processes, especially thermal processing (e.g. retort, hot fill hold, and pasteurization), plus extrusion
  • Ensure finished product development compliance with FDA and USDA government regulations plus Organic, Kosher and Halal private industry standards
  • May support new product plant introduction/commercialization while maintaining compliance with quality and food safety mandates
  • Oversee and generate new product development finished product specifications
  • Oversee generation of R&D product briefs, R&D plant trial reports and R&D commercialization reports

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelorís degree in Food Science or Food Technology
  • 3-5 years of experience in product development within a food manufacturing environment
  • FDA and USDA regulatory knowledge and prior experience
  • Organic and Kosher certification knowledge and experience
  • Prior experience working with organic ingredients in product development
  • Experience with the following thermal processes (e.g. retort, hot fill hold) and extrusion
  • Strong working knowledge of GMPs, HACCP, basic quality testing and food safety issues
  • Organization skills and the ability to multi-task major project initiatives simultaneously
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills
  • Travel may be up to 10% to participate in R&D commercialization trials at various co-packing sites

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