Research and Development
October 11, 2018
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We are looking for an individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, team oriented environment, likes to be challenged, and values the opportunity to make a difference.
This position will be responsible supporting the development and execution of project initiatives within the Meals, Sauces & Beverage Product Development team. This includes development from concept through commercialization including line extensions, new products, quality improvements and productivity improvements as well as the development and maintenance of process procedures, formulas, and specifications. This role requires collaboration and partnership with, internal technical groups, marketing, quality and supply chain and requires good communication and personal organizational skills. This position will focus on the snacks portfolio for the Baby category, but will be expected work across the entire portfolio as projects require.
Support business team to identify & define product concepts and establish key product attributes.
Formulate products for scale-up. Conduct hands-on trials in the Kitchen, Pilot plant or manufacturing facilities to assess manufacturing capability and consumer acceptability.
Execute new product development projects as well as enablers using Design to Consumer Value approach and principles
Ability to work across multiple food categories and food processes with a range of product footprints and cost parameters while striving for the highest quality product.
Identify and communicate potential product constraints or risks and problem solve for solutions.
Demonstrate organizational and planning skills. Help in the development and execution of project timelines, which includes contingency planning.
Leverage strategic partners to research new ingredients, product technologies, and/or processes to develop unique and innovative products. Leverage vendor capabilities where appropriate to expand formulation possibilities, drive innovation, and/or increase speed to market.
Work with Process Engineers and Supply Chain to identify internal or external manufacture; as well as to identify modifications to existing equipment, or new equipment, necessary for successful manufacture of products.
Knowledge of ingredients and food systems and their interactions.
Possess creative problem solving skills and can troubleshoot effectively on multi-dimensional product solutions.
Demonstrate flexibility and ability to react rapidly to changes in direction.
Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Food or Chemical Engineering or related field required.
Minimum experience: 0 to 3 years
Computer skills including Excel, Word, Access, and Internet tools required.
Demonstrated skills in commercializing products/processes in the manufacturing environment desired.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities preferred:
Highly effective team player; willing to contribute in a wide variety of areas.
Ability to work with ambiguity and seek creative solutions. Willingness and ability to taste and evaluate food products.
Strong oral and written communications as well as presentation skills are required.
Knowledge of experimental design desired
Interest and/or experience in baked, extruded, puffed snacks or background in cereal science preferred
Ability to walk or stand up to three-quarters of the work day. Physical ability to handle weights of approximately thirty pounds.
Travel required (up to 30%)
WHQ Office, Research Kitchen, Pilot Plant, and Manufacturing Plants (CSC, co-packer, and vendor). The work exposes the employee to heat and hot food products, coolers, freezers, requiring the use of personal protective equipment.
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