Food Scientist (Part Time) – Overland Park, KS


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DineEquity, Inc


Kansas-Overland Park

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Your opportunity to support two of America's favorite restaurants has arrived!  As the parent company of IHOP and Applebee's Bar & Grill, DineEquity, Inc. is the world's largest full-service restaurant company.  But while big is good, our focus is on being the best!

Our commitment to leadership in our industry and the continued success of our brands means we recruit only the best.  If you seek a company committed to employee satisfaction and continuous improvement, DineEquity, Inc. is the choice for you.

--Competitive salary commensurate with experience
--Business casual dress
--Free soda at our Support Center Headquarters building!

Key Accountabilities:

1. Supplier Development
--Assist the Manager or Senior Scientist with  the approval of new and/or alternate suppliers of AII food products with respect to food safety, quality attributes and product consistency.  Assist Product Managers and Senior Scientists in ensuring new suppliers meet all AII quality assurance and food safety requirements including, microbiological testing, GMP's, specification compliance, HACCP, nutrition, bioterrorism and animal welfare.  Assists as directed with sensory testing, sensory mapping, process modification,  specification alignment and/or development efforts as required to develop supply source.

2.   Supplier/Product Maintenance
--Assist with directed quality assurance efforts against several food supply categories to include supplier communication, product auditing, continuous improvement initiatives, product optimization and/or alignment, new product development and product complaint resolution.   Assists with sensory testing and mapping, process modification, auditing plans, specification alignment and/or development efforts as required and under direction of Senior Scientist or Manager to develop and sustain the supply source.

3.  Project Support
--Provide support on projects as required under direction of Senior Scientist or Manager to ensure food safety or improve food quality.     Projects may be focused on any Quality Assurance or Technical Services initiatives.

4.  Specification & Documentation Preparation and Maintenance
--Prepare specifications, audit reports, formulations, communications, etc. Maintain data base of supplier information, audit information, specifications and formulations as required.

Ideal candidate will have:

Education, Training & Certification
- Bachelors degree in a scientific discipline including food science, microbiology, chemistry, or meat science.
- Strong computer skills
- Working knowledge of HACCP, auditing principles, process control

Experience in Similar Role or Function
- Entry Level position
- Previous experience in a chain QSR or Casual Dining concept

Industry Experience
- Entry Level position
- Some knowledge of quality systems- GMP¿s, auditing, and/or specification writing.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

DineEquity is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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