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R&D Product Developer

Job ID RDPRO08511 Date posted 08/29/2019

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Scientist/Engineer II


The purpose of this job is to apply knowledge of food science and engineering principles to design and formulate new and improved cereal products, to manage product activities utilizing project management techniques, and to participate in and lead cross-functional product development activities resulting in meeting company goals for new product innovations, cost savings, and quality improvements.

  • Develop new products and improvements to existing products. Assure that product activities meet company cost capacity, quality, marketing and product development requirements.
  • Improve and develop extensions to existing brands using laboratory bench top, vendor facilities and full scale manufacturing systems. Ability to go from bench top to pilot scale to full scale production.
  • Provide design and processing parameters inputs for new products, capacity improvements, and equipment design.
  • Support the identification and solution of cost savings issues, product/packaging change issues, equipment modifications, manufacturability issues, etc., using appropriate scientific principles.


Education: BS in Chemical Engineering or Food Science, or related field.

Experience: 2-5 years of experience in the food industry in either product or process development roles. Experience in product formulation, process optimization, scale up from bench to pilot plant to plant production, cost savings and quality improvements. Prefer experience in cereal, baking or snack food manufacturing, but not required.

Skills: Demonstrated problem-solving skills. Proven innovation and creativity. Ability to work effectively in team-based environment with multiple functional groups, in a collaborative and positive manner. Excellent communication skills. Ability to achieve results and execute multiple simultaneous projects.

Project Management Skills: Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to organize and manage projects; interact, support, facilitate and lead multi-functional work teams; ability to lead team to a consensus; strong negotiation skills. Ability to manage multiple projects, in a fast paced environment, meeting deadlines, and communicating status.

Travel: ~20% due to project work; manufacturing scale-ups; etc.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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