Sr. Food Scientist

Indianapolis, IN

Posted: 02/23/2023 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 1.23MH Experience:

Job Description

Sr. Food Scientist

Project lead in a fast-paced work environment, reporting to Director of R&D.  Highly visible, promotable position.  Product development experience on sweet products a plus, Food Science degree a must.

The Sr. Food Scientist, Research and Development will lead and drive product innovation projects, product renovation projects, and alternate material projects for the company.  Key categories will include protein and nutrition beverages, coffee products and flavored drinks.  The duties in this position are expected to evolve over time as a result of the company’s growth and expansion into new technologies.

Essential Duties and Key Responsibilities:

  • Leads product development projects (innovation, renovation, alternate materials) from concept to commercialization
  • Provides leadership to the organization in the areas of food science and R&D
  • Designs new products based on targeted flavor profile, texture, color, shelf life and nutritional content while maintaining adherence to government and industry standards
  • Creates nutrition labels and ingredient lists using nutrition labeling software and understanding of government regulations
  • Develops specifications for finished products with physical, chemical, and sensory properties
  • Develops batching instructions for pilot plant and operations
  • Generates and optimizes costs of formulations in collaboration with procurement and finance
  • Collaborates with ingredient vendors to obtain best product results, costing and supply
  • Leads pilot and commercial scale up trials and monitors first three commercial productions
  • Regularly collaborates with Operations and advises solutions for production issues
  • Maintains and organizes physical and electronic formulation records
  • Support logistics on the verification of ingredients in inventory for maturity or stability for processing, and finished products for safety, quality, and nutritional value
  • Assures all activities follow Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and all required Company policies and procedures
  • Follows GMP’s, maintains sanitary conditions, adheres to safe work practices and ensures that product quality is maintained

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

JO:  1.23MH

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or related disciplines required. Master’s degree or Ph.D. preferred
  • Minimum of 7 years of food industry product development experience. Experience working with dairy proteins preferred
  • Experience leading product development projects from concept to commercialization
  • Ability to identify opportunities for improvement and drive the opportunity to completion
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Comfortable working cross functionally and leading project teams
  • Excellent organizational and communication (oral and written) skills, proficiency in speaking, comprehending, reading and writing English required
  • Excellent mathematical skills and knowledge of, or ability to learn, statistical analysis required
  • Computer literacy including competency with Microsoft Office and demonstrated ability to operate complex software programs required
  • Working knowledge of government regulations and rules of certification bodies such as Kosher, Halal, Organic, and others as applicable to business
  • Able to multitask, work alone with light supervision and in a team environment
  • Enjoys working in laboratory and pilot plant
  • Fast learner, flexible and willing to help where needed

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

JO:  1.23MH

Meet Your Recruiter

Mary Harris
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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