Scientist / Sr. Scientist

Torrance, CA

Post Date: 08/09/2018 Job ID: 351.18MR Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Pay Rate: 100,000 - 130,000

Scientist / Sr. Scientist

This position is a managerial product development role for existing products and for the development of new products, with a focus on nutrition and overall health.  This is a key role in support of a major growth initiative for the company.  Major responsibilities of the position are listed below.

  • Driving innovation and product brand maintenance projects (cost optimization and quality/process improvement) to include: prototype development, experimentation, product testing, data analysis, problem solving, nutritional / label development, documentation and reporting, scale-up and commercialization activities
  • Leading key technical program and/or process improvements within R&D function
  • Qualification of new raw materials and maintenance of existing raw materials, including developing and implementing specifications in PLM and Agile systems for raw materials, formulas, and finished products
  • Spearheading projects with cross-functional teams – Operations for ingredient qualifications, commercialization and manufacturing; Quality on risk assessments, raw material testing, and root cause analysis
  • Representing R&D in key cross-functional meetings and collaborating with Marketing and Operations to support business initiatives
  • Independently designing and implementing appropriate sensory and consumer tests to support product development, including identifying product evaluation parameters and leading internal and external consumer testing
  • Developing experimental design and interpreting/delivering results to both R&D and cross-functional teams
  • Identifying novel ingredients, formulation, and processing techniques to support ownable product designs through the use of IP management and ensure ‘Freedom to Operate’ working with internal legal counsel
  • Acting as subject matter expert on key products/processes and providing technical insight and coaching for junior team members

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

JO:  351.18MR


  • Food Science, Engineering, Chemistry or equivalent technical BS degree required, with a strong preference for a higher degree
  • Strong knowledge of Food Science and Technology or equivalent
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor junior team members and technologist
  • Proven track record in product development
  • Strong knowledge of food science, dietary supplement and/or product development
  • Inspires and motivates others to drive decisions and provides data-based rationale to support solutions
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on cross-functional teams
  • Ability to rapidly and effectively respond to change
  • Strong drive for results and organizational skills

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

JO:  351.18MR

Mary Rigas
Section Manager/ Sr. Technical Recruiter

I specialize in connecting talent within the Food and Beverage Industry and proud to be part of CPS, Inc., which is on Forbes Top 20 Recruiting Firms list for 2017.

Being a manager and senior recruiter in the Food & Beverage group, our specialties include product development, quality, nutrition, regulatory, sensory, flavor development and application from entry level to executive.

I am part of a team of seven which provides more positions for candidates to consider and more candidates for client companies to consider.  We pride ourselves in building long lasting relationships and assisting both candidates and client companies in achieving their goals.

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