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Research & Development Scientist

Weaver Popcorn Company Noblesville, IN 12/23/2013

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Job Description


  1. Primary contact for key R&D initiatives as outlined by R&D Manager.
  2. Special project management as outlined by R&D Manager, to be determined based on skills.
  3. Food science as it relates to packaging, such as artwork adherence to government compliance, nutritional fact panel design and test verification, development in conjunction with packing engineer, and shelf-life determination.
  4. Involvement in the Competitive Analysis Program, including managing sample preparation, managing slides, and design special topics (i.e. Competitor’s Nutritional Data) for quarterly Competitive Analysis Meeting.
  5. Design and develop consumer testing strategies by working closely with Marketing and Sales
  6. Participate and lead weekly and monthly discussions with Senior Leaders

Work Performed:

  1. Lab methods and trial development, working closely with other Food Scientists
  2. Plant trials as related to R&D
  3. Hybrid evaluation of harvested popcorn
  4. Source alternative suppliers for ingredients
  5. Analytical support, working closely with the Quality Department

Major product types include:

·        Caramel Corn

·        Ready to Eat Sweet and Savory Popcorn

·        Microwave Popcorn

o   Popcorn Enrobing and Confectionary Products

o   Newly Defined Products

§  Popcorn hybrid selection as it relates to flavor and performance

§  Formulation development on all ingredients

§  Food science principles

§  Shelf-life

§  Chemistry

o   Formulation marriage with operations

§  Process optimization

o   Customer/sales point person for product


Job Requirements

Master’s Degree in Food Science, Food Engineering, Chemistry or related study is preferred
2-8 years’ experience developing food products
Positive, energetic attitude with a desire to see a project to completion and launch

Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time

Job Type Research

Education Graduate Degree

Experience 2 to 8 years

Manages Others Not Specified

Industry Food

Required Travel Not Specified


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