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Principal Food Scientist

Full/Part Time

Full Time


Englewood Cliffs, NJ


Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast moving consumer goods with strong operations in more than 100 countries and sales in 180. With products that are used over two billion times a day around the world, we work to create a better future every day and help people feel good, look good and get more out of life with brands and services that are good for them and good for others. In the United States, Canada and the Greater Caribbean (Trinidad & Tobago, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico) the portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe, Becel, Ben & Jerry’s, Bertolli, Blue Band, Breyers, Caress, Consort For Men, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, fds, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Just for Me!, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Motions, Nexxus, Noxzema, OMO, Pond’s, Popsicle, Promise, Q-Tips, Ragu, Skippy, Slim-Fast, Soft & Beautiful, St. Ives, Suave, tcb, TIGI, TRESemmé, Vaseline, and Wish-Bone. All of the preceding brand names are registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies. Dedicated to serving consumers and the communities where we live, work and play, Unilever employs more than 13,000 people across North America – generating nearly $10 billion in sales in 2010. For more information, visit,, or

Principal Food Scientist
Job Summary
Lead the elements (recipe, process, pack, specs, and nutrition) for spreads portfolio for the North America region either as technical project leader (TPL) for less complex projects or work stream leader (WSL) within large, complex and challenging projects. Works in partnership with the business (typically marketing) project leader or TPL if acts as WSL .Oversees deployment of the projects into the relevant factory or a third party co-packer

Duties and Responsibilities

• Plans, designs, and performs experiments within the projects and analyses the data
• Generates technical solutions and recommendations
• Is accountable for ensuring developed product safety and quality by:
o Developing the correct allergen and traceability protocols are developed, reviewed, tested and accepted by microbiology, TIM-E and TIM-Q.
o establishing right quality control parameters/procedures and dHACCP for developed products
o micro clearance and SEAC evaluation
o establishing right ingredients/product specifications
• Accountable for delivery all technical aspects from Idea phase through Post Launch and must communicate effectively to Regulatory, Culinary Chefs, PTG team, Packaging and TM partners.

As Technical Project Leader (TPL
• Manage and deliver the Spreads R&D technical initiatives by identifying resources needs (personnel and bought in costs), developing timeline, actions and milestones and ensuring the project is OTIF throughout the funnel.
• Will lead the technical discussion and represent the technical views for the technical project team, which includes Product and Process Development, Culinary Design, Packaging, Nutrition, Microbiology, Analytical and CTI.
• Will be the Technical interface at Innovation Planning Team meetings and must coordinate R&D sub team meetings to ensure communication throughout the funnel.
• Responsible for developing the Technical project brief with Marketing and CMI ensuring technical briefs and Inoplan documents are clear, concise and achievable. Must agree with launch dates, raw material targets, both ingredient and packaging and claims.

As Work Stream Leader ( WSL).
• Agree with the TPL on technical deliveries for the project/s
• Develops product/process against the Product Brief including formula generation (and compliance to all Unilever requirements), process setting, and specification generation
• Works with TPL on all other technical aspects of the project (as above), generates and provides data for decision making.

Key Requirements
Bachelors in Food Science with 3-5 years experience or Masters in Food Science with 3 year experience. Project management experience. Cross-Category development experience – design & deploy experiences. Supply Chain experience/awareness and knowledge/experience in spreads business preferred.

Unilever offers a competitive compensation package which includes: Medical & Dental Plans, Life Insurance, including eligible spouses, domestic partners & children; Health Care Flexible Spending, Dependent Care, Retirement & Savings Plans, Tuition Reimbursement, Paid Vacation and Holidays.

Please note: as part of the job application, you will be asked to complete an online assessment. Completion of the assessment is mandatory in order to be considered. Please allow yourself plenty of time to complete both the application and assessment. If the assessment is filled out partially or not at all, it will adversely affect the progress of your application. Please be aware that you will have to complete the assessment at once as you will be unable to return to it later.

Unilever is an equal opportunity employer. It prohibits discrimination based on age, color, disability, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Employment is subject to verification of pre-employment drug-screening results and background investigation.


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