Senior Scientist, Dry Products

Norwalk, CT 6860

Post Date: 04/02/2018 Job ID: 124.18DW Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage

Senior Scientist, Dry Products

The Senior Scientist, Dry Products will have the following responsibilities:

*Concept to commercialization of dry products, formula projects, and that the high metrics of company are achieved.  This includes new products, formula renovation, and continuous improvement in flavor and palatability for dry pet food

*While working remotely, job functions will include maintaining specifications in records and documents for all finished dry products and raw ingredients that set metrics for company's strict food safety requirements

*Will report to the Director of R&D, working cross-functionally with quality, marketing, plant operations / engineering, and corporate team members

*Deliver against the business objectives to meet individual and organizational goals.  The scope of the role goes beyond technical strategy and increasing input to defining business strategies

*Manages expectations for the director, senior management and cross functional teams

*Provide all processing specifications and necessary support to operations to ensure products are proven for ongoing commercial production

*Continuously improve existing products to ensure best performance and cost optimization

*Identify and evaluate new technologies that enhance current products and/or create best in class new products

*Submit scientific findings for publication (scientific abstracts, peer reviewed manuscripts)

*Present technical data to external scientific, veterinary and business audiences

*Maintain formula accuracy in formula databases and provide relevant reports in order to support other departments

*Monitor raw material nutrient values to insure proper levels are in all formula design projects

*Evaluate, recommend, and enhance all product testing methodologies and manage the execution of all product testing for new and existing formulas

*Develop, maintain, and analyze competitive feeding data

*Review product claims with marketing, legal and regulatory personnel to ensure accurate supporting data

*Perform physical and analytical lab tests on ingredients and finished product, as required

*Ensure necessary documentation is maintained within the department to meet and substantiate product label compliance standards, feeding guidelines, statements of nutritional adequacy, and advertising or promotional claims

*Identify intellectual property opportunities (trade secrets or patents) to give the company a competitive advantage

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

JO:  124.18DW



*MS Food Science REQUIRED, PhD preferred

*Expertise in formula design (including Rx diets), stability studies, palatability studies, and the establishment of ingredient and finished product specifications

*Proficient in Concept-5 and Multi Step formulation software

*Working knowledge of all dry manufacturing processes and operations, including different packaging forms, etc.

*Experience in working with external partners including third party co-manufacturers, suppliers, associations, etc.

*Experience with pilot plant trials

*Excellent interpersonal skills as well as verbal / written communication

*Able to excel in fast paced business environment

*7+ years of relevant work experience in bench top to commercialization product development or research in the food industry

*Working knowledge developing sole source nutritional products

*Relevant work experience in product development in the pet food industry

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

J.O. 124.18DW


Damon Wickmann
Technical Recruiter

I have always been an advocate of life and career strategy management.

I am also a 'Foodie' at heart and love recruiting for food and beverage companies.   

My background in education has provided me tools to support my passion for helping talented people with career advancement.   

I have transitioned from college advising to career recruiting where I combine that with my other passion - Food!

I recruit excellent people for the food industry and the science behind what we eat and drink.  This includes research and development in the lab through commercialization and the quality people behind the scenes that make it all happen.  I look forward to speaking with you soon.

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