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Associate Food Scientist-12008416 Salina, KS


Schwan's Shared Services, LLC (a subsidiary of The Schwan Food Company) is looking for an Associate Food Scientist to join our Product Innovation & Development team in our pizza plant in Salina, Kansas. As part of the R&D team in the largest pizza plant in the world, this individual will lead small product development projects, develop formulas, processing procedures and specifications for new products, product enhancements and cost reductions.

Uses science to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.

Assists in providing technical solutions to production issues as it relates to ingredient formulas, processing procedures, and specifications to ensure continuous production of products and maintain product quality and safety.

Assists in the development of experimental formulas, processing procedures, and specifications for raw ingredients, subassemblies, and finished products for simple new products, product improvements, and cost reductions that meet project parameters of established pricing, marketing goals, food regulations, and operation feasibility.

Organizes and manages basic test runs to validate or modify experimental formulas and processing procedures to develop final specifications for the production of finished products and ensure reproducibility.

Works with team members to ensure successful start-ups of new products, product improvements, cost reductions, and ingredient formula specification or process changes.

Assists in evaluating, confirming acceptability, updating specifications, and implementing proposed ingredients for Supplier Optimization.

Documents work according to established procedures and guidelines, provides timely and effective oral and written communication, and prepares various project reports for team and leader to ensure complete communication of project status, progress issues, solutions timeline, and accountability.

Supports innovation in the development of new ideas, products, or product platforms through ideation sessions and bench-top experimentation.


Education & Experience Required:

A Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science, Dairy Science, Foods and Nutrition Studies, Cereal Science, Biological Sciences, or related field. One to three years experience in an R&D position working with bakery products preferred.


Good communication and interpersonal skills.

PC skills, including Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel and Word;

Basic knowledge and understanding of food ingredients, food chemistry, food processing, and food functionality;

Ability to comprehend complex technical articles, research papers, or presentations, and apply technical knowledge learned;

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and offer solutions;

Ability to taste and ingest any type of food product currently under development.

Prior experience in Product Development preferred, particularly in a plant environment.



Primary Location

: US-Kansas-SALINA-KS-3019 SCANLON AVE (0763)

Overtime Status

: Exempt


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