Sr. Scientist - Hybrid

Oklahoma City, OK | Fully Remote

Posted: 01/29/2024 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 26.24KG Remote: Experience:

Job Description

Sr. Scientist – Hybrid

As a senior member of the Research and Development team, the Senior Scientist will manage and execute projects for product development/formulation, batch test, scale-up and commercialize new products.  This position will have heavy travel throughout the Oklahoma region and some travel to client plants for technical service.  You will be working on an array of animal protein RTE products sold into some of the top Food Service Companies in North America and while you do not need to be a meat scientist a background in RTE and/or meat products is very helpful.  This is a great role for a scientist who loves the challenge of wearing many hats, interacting with customers, learning something new everyday and is looking for a truly fast paced role.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Manage product development and approval processes which include experimental design, concept definition, identifying business needs, Benchtop creation of Gold Standards, Pilot Plant validations, and Production Test Runs
  • Identify customer needs and translate these into new product opportunities in collaboration with sales/business management/marketing partners and customers to provide technical assistance to the sales team and customers; collaborate with external stakeholders, including but not limited to external chefs/scientists, act as the technical expert and representative to the customer; translate customer ideas into a viable product
  • Plan, schedule, communicate and coordinate raw materials and plant schedules; develop project roadmaps and timelines
  • Gather, document, and analyze test results; recommend and build production parameters
  • Create and maintain manufacturing specifications and technical documentation following internal processes; ensure optimum product quality at the best throughput is delivered. Enforce and troubleshoot product specifications
  • Conduct research on regulations, nutritional requirements, and collaboration with the Regulatory department to facilitate USDA label approvals, ensure products are designed on target and within regulatory compliance through the label review process
  • Create and maintain continuous improvement initiatives through optimum processing procedures, quality systems, and regulatory oversight
  • Identify, modify, and implement short and long-term initiatives/programs/products including but not limited to, innovation, renovation, cost engineering, and brand maintenance of experimental and commercial products and hybrids in collaboration with internal stakeholders

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

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Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Meat Science or Food Science or four (4) years’ equivalent experience
  • Four (4) years’ experience in cooked/processed meat products or
  • Two (2) years of experience in cooked meat and two (2) years of experience in other cooked/processed meat products

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in meat science or food science
  • Four (4) years’ culinary foodservice product development from as manufacturing and restaurant point of view; with a focus on processed meats
  • Two (2) years’ experience in developing relationships with business clients
  • Four (4) years’ experience in developing relationships with business clients

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Experience in developing technical and interpersonal relationships
  • Ability to self-start, create best practices and find creative solutions to potential roadblocks
  • Understanding of ingredient functionality and formulas
  • Familiarity with multiple proteins (pork, beef, poultry, etc.)
  • Understanding of USDA regulations and labeling policies; and use of Genesis nutritional software
  • Understanding of Experimental Design
  • Ability to influence and negotiate with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to identify complex problems, review information to develop and evaluate options then implement solutions in a dynamic and ambiguous environment
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate across all levels of the organization; must be able to clearly articulate technical information to a non-technical audience both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to build professional relationships with cross functional teams while facilitating a collaborative environment both internally and externally
  • Possess troubleshooting and organizational skills and apply them to changing priorities
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office, including skills with Outlook, Word, and Excel

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

JO:  26.24KG

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