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Senior Food Scientist

Company: Mizkan America
Location: Mount Prospect
Posted on: November 18, 2021

Job Description:

Location: Mt. Prospect, ILJob Title: Sr. Food ScientistDepartment: Research & DevelopmentReports To: R&D Manager/Sr ManagerFLSA Status: Exempt SUMMARY: Responsible for taking concepts through the R&D cycle to result in finished products at the commercialization level. Develop and maintain detailed documentation of ongoing and future projects and provide reviews on the status of projects. Create and maintain product specifications, formulations, processes and testing procedures. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESFormulate and execute development of concepts into "Bench" prototypes which can further be scaled for Pilot Plant and Plant Trials.Able to cost optimize existing and newly developed formulas.Evaluate new ingredients and Suppliers as potential substitutes within our current formulations.Develop and maintain detailed documentation of ongoing and future projects and provide bi-weekly reviews on the status of projects and expenses.Must be able to work independently within multiple priorities, projects and timelines exercising ingenuity, initiative, and judgment in the approach to the design, planning and execution of projects.Develop and maintain product specifications including Shelf Life and handling procedures.Create and maintain product specifications, formulations, processes and testing procedures.Must lead/participate in Pilot Plant Scale up and Plant Trials as needed.Basic understanding of microbiology and food safetyAbility to synthesize complex technical information into conclusions and recommendations for non-technical partners. EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND QUALIFICATIONS:Strong knowledge of ingredient functionality and interactionsAt least a Bachelor's degree in Food Science or a related field is required. Any culinary training or education a plus.Six to twelve years of experience in Food Product DevelopmentProject management experience to include developing project timelines, understanding of budget development, scale up and margins/costs and commercialization processes with internal and external partners. Excellent communication skillsGood interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with individuals and groups at all levels both in and out of the organizationTechnical curiosity, ability to contingency plan and assess risks related to processing and ingredients are valuable skills for this roleStrong organizational, problem-solving and analytical skills.Knowledge of Hot Fill processes a minimum requirement; knowledge of sauces and processes preferred; condiment experience along with a thorough knowledge of Low Acid Canned Foods, Acidified and Non-Acidified foods will be a plus.Strong Computer Literacy skills.Ability to travel up to 30%.Willingness and flexibility to adapt to changing business needs and deadlines.Ability to exhibit a professional business-like appearance and demeanor.

Keywords: Mizkan America, Mount Prospect , Senior Food Scientist, Other , Mount Prospect, Illinois

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