Food Scientist

Wauwatosa, WI

Posted: 10/11/2018 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 431B.18JF Pay Rate: 80,000 - 110,000

Food Scientist

The Food Scientist will be expected to provide technical expertise and leadership within product development.  Designs and implements all research and experiments resulting in new/improved products, cost savings and unique technologies providing business advantages.  Supervise technical activities to other professionals and specialists with complete project accountability, assuring effective execution of assigned projects.

The Food Scientist relates to a wide range of technical skills and many non-technical company functions.  Applies scientific and engineering principles in research, development, production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and utilization of foods by performing the following duties.  As a fully competent scientist in all conventional aspects of the subject matter or the functional area of the assignments, plans and conducts work requiring a mastery of specialized techniques or ingenuity in selecting and evaluating approaches to unforeseen or novel problems.  May be asked to lead technically complex and multi-functional project teams.  Essential functions and responsibilities to include:

  • Identify, evaluate and develop potential new product development opportunities. From bench-top samples to commercialized products, including COG, BOM, raw material & finished product specifications development
  • Applies an analytical approach to the solution of a wide variety of problems and assimilates the details and significance of various scientific analyses, procedures, and tests
  • Demonstrates initiative, creativity and thoroughness in the execution of complex projects
  • Plans and conducts independent research projects and participates in the development of project objectives
  • May lead cross-functional teams charged with the development of new business opportunities
  • Develops strong cross-functional relationships
  • May have managerial duties
  • Conducts new product research and development of foods
  • Contributes to the development of project strategies and recommends technical direction to management
  • Fully understands food standards, safety and sanitary regulations, and good manufacturing practices
  • Evaluates technical trends in their specific area of expertise or assignment, and makes recommendations for process or product improvements and identifies opportunities for new or improved process or products
  • Conducts or supervise the testing of new products in test kitchen, the development of specific processing methods in laboratory pilot plant and scaling products up in manufacturing facilities
  • Organize and direct sample development for sales presentations, consumer testing and food safety assurance
  • Maintains written technical documentation and product and process specifications as pertaining to R&D
  • Utilizes or directs internal (manufacturing, engineering, marketing, quality systems, procurement) and external (suppliers, consultants) functional experts to resolve issues
  • Assist in PR events, food shows and Sales presentations on key customer calls
  • Provide technical support/serves as product development contact for Sales, Customer and Operations
  • Oversees the samples shipped out and received by company
  • Will work cross functionally to deliver year over year cost savings
  • May indirectly supervise one or two technologists or technicians
  • Supervisory responsibilities may include interviewing, coaching, mentoring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Jeff Fee at

JO:  431B.18JF


  • Bachelor’s degree in food science or related field required
  • Master’s degree in food science or related field preferred
  • 5+ years’ experience in CPG field preferred
  • 8-10 years’ experience in product development
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community
  • Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or board of directors
  • Ability to carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws
  • Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations
  • Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis
  • Strong computer skills are necessary for this position, including word processing, presentation and spreadsheet software, ERP, Internet, and e-mail. Knowledge of most MS office software
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Jeff Fee at

JO:  431B.18JF



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