R&D Scientist - Product Development, Pet Food & Snacks

Akron, OH 44398

Post Date: 04/02/2018 Job ID: 540.17TS Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage

R&D Scientist, Product Development Pet Food & Snacks

The R&D Scientist, Product Development is responsible for understanding pet and pet parent's needs and translating them into technical requirements and consumer models to drive business impact.  The incumbent will leverage technical thinking skills to bring together consumer needs, science and technology into winning product innovation and renovation.  Will have one or more defined areas of technical expertise, will initiate and leads technology or capability advances, and will be assigned to work on important business and technical challenges.

*Lead the formulation and development of new Pet Food and/or Snacks product concepts

*Lead cost savings projects as needed

*Apply fundamental scientific principles in combination with a creative mindset of develop novel products

*Develop and publish formulation and finished product specifications

*Implement all technical aspects of a project's formulation/product development work-stream and ensure that all assigned tasks are completed according to plan

*Coordinate and manage sensory/palatability testing, shelf life / stability testing and other key technical project deliverables

*Author or contribute to technical proposals, summaries, presentations and project reports

*Maintain technical documentation such as laboratory notebooks and invention records

*Keep abreast of new ingredients and technologies and recommend for consideration where appropriate

*Lead functional teams or projects with moderate resource requirements, risk, and/or complexity

*Generally act as a resource for colleagues with less experience

*Solve complex problems; takes a broad perspective to identify creative and innovative solutions within function

*Work independently, with guidance in only complex situations (e.G., when decisions have functional or organizational impact)

*Actively collaborate, build and leverage relationships across functional teams to achieve established shared goals or objectives

*Partner with team members to develop key tasks and project plans for timely completion of goals

*May provide daily coaching and supervision to a small number of individuals in own area of expertise

*May be designated to represent R&D as Technical Lead on cross functional teams

**If you'd like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Tamra Sanders at 815.756.1221 / [Click Here To Join].

JO:  540.17TS



*BS degree (or higher) in Science (e.G. Food Science, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Packaging, Nutrition), Technology (e.G., Engineering Technology), or Engineering (Chemical, Biomedical, etc.)

*Depending on degree type / level, 0-10 years in Research and Development required

*Must be able to travel up to 20%

*Experience with formulation and development of food/beverage products or ingredients

*Strong organization, critical thinking and creativity skills

*Strong time management skills

*Effective presentation, verbal and written communication skills

**If you'd like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Tamra Sanders at 815.756.1221 / [Click Here To Join].

JO:  540.17TS


Tamra Sanders
Sr. Technical Recruiter

Tamra Sanders

Sr. Technical Recruiter/Food and Beverage 

Specialties: All Food and Beverage Industries positions including: Product Development, Research, Sensory, Nutrition, Culinary, Flavorist, Applications, Analytical, Regulatory, Quality Assurance, Technical Service, Ingredients, and B2B Ingredient Sales.

Experience: I have 10+ years of experience in recruiting and the last 5 years in Food and Beverage. I partner with small and big Food and Beverage companies (CPG and Ingredient) throughout the US helping them secure GREAT employees.


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