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R&D Specialist/Food Scientist

IL, IL
JOB SUMMARY:
 
Responsibilities of the R&D Specialist/Food Scientist include but may not be limited to: performing various tasks assisting in development of new items, renovation of existing formulations, and supports efforts to ensure quality product is produced, maintained, and documented. Additionally, this position will underwrite efforts in product improvement and distribution by our sales and procurement teams. This position will also be responsible for maintaining and entering data in several databases.
 
NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT:
  • Formulation new products according to parameters of project brief
  • Weight raw materials for benchtop samples
  • Generate and process benchtop samples
  • Ship samples for customer and internal review
  • Capture and document product attributes used in scale up of benchtop formulation to full production
  • Brief other departments for execution of production trials
  • Review new production paperwork
  • Support initial production start-up
  • Enter ingredient specifications and create formulas in Genesis (labeling software) 
PRODUCT RENOVATION:
  • Assist in redesign & renovation of existing products to increase quality, reduce costs, and/or increase production efficiencies
  • Evaluate potential new raw materials/vendors
  • Assist Quality and Procurement departments in maintaining specifications for new ingredients and/or suppliers.
  • Assist Procurement in sourcing new materials
  • Support production with troubleshooting out of spec product or production concerns on established products.
FORMULATION MANAGEMENT:
  • Input new formulations and finished Goods into Deacom
  • Manage existing formulations and finished goods in Deacom
  • Assist in creation or review of product specification documents for new and existing items
  • Enter ingredient specifications and create formulas in Genesis (labeling software) 
DATA ENTRY AND ANALYSIS:
  • Manage Company Wide Global Data Synchronization Database (GDSN) for all retail and food service bean and salsa products in 1World Sync program.
  • Conduct sensory panels and collect and analyze data
  • Providing data or conduct data analysis upon internal and customer request
  • Complete other required tasks as necessary
PROJECT MANAGEMENT:
  • Maintain Company Innovation SharePoint website
  • Evaluate project proposals for feasibility in facilities
  • Track and maintain timelines of Private Label and Food Service Projects
  • Document and distribute notes and appropriate action items from weekly Private label meetings
  • Lead weekly private label meeting should the VP of innovation and R&D Manager both become unavailable
REGULATORY
  • Assist in regulatory review of product labels as needed
  • Research and validate potential product claims
 
 

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