Simply Good Foods - Food Scientist

El Segundo, CA

Posted: 07/09/2024 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 197.24AKO Pay Rate: 80,000 - 96,000 Remote: On-Site Experience:

Job Description

SIMPLY GOOD FOODS - FOOD SCIENTIST

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
Simply Good Foods seeks a creative, curious, and passionate Food Scientist to join our collaborative and dynamic environment. The Food Scientist will be responsible for strategizing and optimizing our product line, developing new products across all brands, and ensuring raw materials meet specifications. This individual will work cross-functionally with internal teams and external partners and will create formulations and specifications for Contract Manufacturers, demonstrating expertise in Snack and/or Food science, recipe development, and scale-up. A successful Food scientist will have a growth mindset, be self-motivated, and is willing to learn and adapt within our R&D team. This hands-on role includes bench and analytical work, pilot plant management, and assisting with manufacturing scale-up and optimization, alongside troubleshooting day-to-day product issues.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Lead the development of new products across the Simply Good Foods line throughout all phases of product development – from initial bench development to commercial launch, while considering critical technical issues such as: food safety, food stability, shelf-life, scalability, processability, cost, nutritional and ingredient guidelines, etc.
• Understand and demonstrate the application of consumer product testing, sensory, analytical, etc. tools to deliver superior products in line with optimum product design.
• Conduct and document product development lab work, including the creation of benchtop prototypes, implementation and maintenance of stability testing and shelf-life, and support of sales samples and scale-ups for commercialization.
• Leverage formula documentation systems for development and implementation of product specification requirements.
• Partner internally (Marketing and Procurement) and externally to source ingredients, identify and leverage expertise in ingredient functionality
• Provide technical and business risk assessment /perspectives related to new product development and technical brand stewardship activities.
• Demonstrate ability to learn and leverage key internal processes and business applications.
• Work collaboratively between Quality, Contract Manufacturing, and Operations teams on new and renovated product development and introduction programs to assure that the product and its production-intent processes meet program objectives, manufacturability, timelines, and cost targets.
• Independently designs and analyzes results from multiple experiments, formulates conclusions, and designs future experiments.
• Work with cross-functional teams (marketing, insights, operations, food safety quality and regulatory) to delivery scalable products.
• Write technical and project status reports, protocols, finished product specifications, plant trial protocol/summary documents, shelf-life studies, etc.
• Work is highly diverse in scope. Utilize experience and problem-solving skills to solve complex technical challenges related to the development, manufacturing, and/or improvement of food products and processes and make appropriate technical recommendations.
• Understand and conduct basic analytical testing in support of product development.
• Work with external cross functional teams that include ingredient suppliers, equipment suppliers, technical sales and contract manufacturers.
• Prioritize and manage multiple projects with overlapping deadlines.
• Ensure the security and confidentiality of all information regarding product formulas and related data.
• Maintain GLP's, GMP's, and all required laboratory records, using electronic systems and written protocols, to ensure data integrity and compliance.
• Partner with the Coman team to lead the assessment and process capability studies when required and provide on-site support to plant operations for existing products, productivity, and quality programs.
**If you would like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at kosullivan at kosullivan@cps4jobs.com.
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Job Requirements

KNOWLEDGE / ABILITIES:
• Self-motivated with a desire to make an impact. Good communicator, successfully working “across the aisle.”
• Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, to work effectively with internal customers and external partners.
• Outstanding computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment.
• Excellent time management skills, ability to prioritize multiple tasks, exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Strong customer relationship development experience including rapid prototyping, technical presentations, ingredient functionality and application support, and problem solving.
• Experience in successfully managing multiple projects and deadlines within a matrixed organization with strict attention to detail and prioritization.
• Highly motivated, high integrity, self-starter with demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of cross-functional teams. Able to develop positive working relationships with others.
• Demonstrated technical curiosity, creativity, and ability to innovate. Creatively solve technical and operational hurdles to reach a business goal.
• Must be proactive, flexible, organized, with the ability to handle changing priorities.
• Demonstrated ability to acquire and adapt new technologies and turn into commercially successful product launches.
• Ability to effectively manage multiple projects/tasks of varying complexities and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
• B.S. or M.S. with 3+ years of experience is required.
• Experience in consumer foods or beverage industry.
• Experience / Knowledge with Shakes, Bakery, Sweet or Savory Snacks product development.
• Food Science degree is preferred.
• Travel: 25%, up to 40%, or as needed
* Work is performed in a fast-paced office environment and may be stressful at times. Work may require sitting for long periods of time; requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, calculator, telephone, copier and fax machine and scanner.

ABOUT SIMPLY GOOD FOODS
We’re raising the bar on what food can be. We say no to the status quo, and we say yes to making better food. Food that offers robust nutrition, not hollow nutrition. Energy, not depletion. Enjoyment, not regret. Simply, we’re on a mission to make food that works for you—that is radically nutritious and defyingly delicious. Better nutrition made easy so you can live well. We don’t compromise, so you never have to.
WHAT WE VALUE
We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce that infuses equity and belonging throughout our culture and business practices. We celebrate diversity and are dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for our employees. This commitment is driven by our core values:
• Simply Bold
• Simply Deliver
• Simply Learn & Grow
• Simply Together
• Simply Kind
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The health, satisfaction and well-being of our employees are important to us and an integral part of our organization’s goals. In this spirit, we are excited to share the available compensation for this role, which includes a base salary range and an annual short-term incentive.
The CA base salary range is: $80,000 - $96,000, exclusive of benefits or additional incentives (highlighted here). Additionally, this position is eligible for an annual short-term incentive of 5%. If you are hired at Simply Goods Foods, your final base salary compensation will be determined based upon such factors as: geographic locations, skills, training, education and/or experience. Please keep in mind that hiring at the range maximum would not be typical in order to allow for future and continued salary growth. Simply Good Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.
Lastly, we offer a total rewards package that includes competitive compensation, and best-in-class health and wellness options. Our intent is to deliver an overall benefits package that can be tailored to each employee to support their exclusive lifestyles, as well as, the needs of their families. All full-time employees and their eligible dependents have access to medical, dental and vision insurance, health reimbursement arrangement (company paid), life and disability coverage, 401(k) retirement plan, and other voluntary benefits. We offer time off benefits including vacation time, sick leave, flexible time off (for exempt positions) and paid parental leave, plus remote workdays on Monday and Friday for our office-based employees.
**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at kosullivan@cps4jobs.com.
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Meet Your Recruiter

Kristine O'Sullivan
Sr. Partner

The Food and Beverage Division specializes in the placement of technical professionals in the food and beverage industry from entry level to executive level candidates. I have a talented group of recruiters who specifically source Technical Sales Professionals, Scientists, Regulatory Affairs, Scientific Affairs, Executive Technical professionals, Quality Assurance, Product Development, Technical Service, Nutrition, Analytical and Corporate Chefs. We work on both a contingent basis for professional level searches and retained search for executive level searches. CPS, Inc. has been in the talent recruitment business for 40+ years and we recruit nationwide.

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