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Senior Food Scientist
 
Job Title: Senior Food Scientist
Location: G.T.A.
Salary: Commensurate with experience, qualifications

The incumbent will be an internally recognized expert/thought leader in food science and product development. The incumbent develops products that meet/exceed consumer liking, performance and financial hurdles. This individual applies advanced food science and chemistry principles in the development of new and improved products and/or processes. Independently plans and performs analysis, tests and experiments to develop and/or improve food products and processes. Direction is required on strategy and execution. They are responsible for leading several projects simultaneously and acts as R&D technical representative on cross-functional team.


Responsible for the development of prototypes, evaluation of ingredients, optimization of formulas for quality, performance, consumer-liking and profitability in labs, pilot plants, manufacturing facilities and co-packers.
Provides technical leadership within cross functional teams to deliver initiatives and departmental projects.
Identifies and advances cost savings and process improvement opportunities.
Efficiently and successfully formulates new and improves current products leveraging consumer/customer and marketing feedback and sensory shelf-life results.
Prepares and updates product specifications.
Identifies and aligns development of best practices.
Defines and presents solutions and next steps within business teams and shared services.
Leverages strong technical skills in the development of practical solutions to complex technical problems.
Employs effective interpersonal time and resource management skills to complete projects assignments. Leads multiple projects simultaneously.
Known internally for technical expertise and demonstrates effective technical leadership skills with particular emphasis on: food science, statistics, food chemistry, shelf-life and modes of failure, ingredient functionality, sensory techniques, scale-up, ingredient processing interactions, analytical and test procedures, formulation, prototype development and patent reading and understanding.
Progresses projects from conceptualization through commercialization. Makes well-reasoned trade-offs between timelines, resources and overall business needs.
Builds support for ideas within the teams. Supports development of business/technical strategies.
Builds and leverages strong internal/external network to gain insight, influence and information.
Help organization stay current with applicable new technologies/ingredients.
Supports and provides guidance to operations/engineering organizations on evaluation of new production opportunities, improving existing operations, cost-saving ideas, and troubleshooting of major problems.
Monitor new products trends/competitive trend and activities.


QUALIFICATIONS
Education/Training:

Required:
B.S. in chemistry, biology, microbiology, food science or related technical field with 5+ years of experience
OR
M.S.with 2+ years of experience in food industry with demonstrated application of food chemistry principles in the development of innovative new products.

Strong working knowledge of processing equipment/unit operations, ingredients process interactions, statistical/analytical techniques, and scale-up.

Preferred:
Sensory training, culinary experience, recipe development, tolerance testing.

Experience/Knowledge/Skills:


Acumen for product development and applied food science: ability to identify consumer insights and create robust products.
Experience and solid track record of developing new product and processes from concept development through scale-up and commercialization.
Ability to work with Corporate R&D resources, outside labs, co-packers and suppliers for the development of new products.
Demonstrate application of food chemistry principles, formulation, ingredient/process interactions, statistical/analytical techniques, documentation and scale-up.
Ability to search, read and leverage information from patent/technical documents.
Strong creative and intuitive abilities with the experience to make technical decisions and support others on technical issues.
Must have strong leadership skills with unquestionable integrity.
Ability to deal with ambiguity.
Must be able to identify needs and opportunities for change and be able to lead others through change.
Ability to build effective relationship with people at all levels and across the organization.
Demonstrate effective communication skills, written and oral, with ability to utilize time and resources effectively in order to meet multiple projects deadlines.
Strong planning, organizational and analytical skills.
Must be able to travel and work off-shift. approximately 35%
Comfort with manufacturing equipment and personnel.
Strong attention to detail and good documentation skills.
Ability to work in a cross-functional, team environment.



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