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R & D Technologist

NPAworldwide Recruitment Network

Last Updated: 5/25/23

Job Description

Job description:

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include (Other duties may be assigned):

  • Experience - R&D or Culinary preferred
  • Inventiveness - Strong interest in and creativity with food.
  • Commercialization broad scope of equipment and process knowledge to assist in converting laboratory/bench top formulas to scale in the manufacturing environment.
  • Interactions ability to bring credible and sensible ideas to the current and potential customer with the appropriate tone and temperament.
  • Collaboration will work very closely with all associates in sales and marketing, procurement, quality, and plant production.
  • Innovation Team Member must be able to initiate and support creative ideas for product and packaging.
  • Willingness to learn from and engage with the manufacturing and engineering.
  • Flexibility in a small company we share roles and responsibilities and help where needed.
  • Cultural fit- align well with guiding principles.
  • Must be a champion for the Culture of Food Safety

Daily responsibilities:

  • Provide research and information on a variety of projects, processes, ingredients, and packaging to assist in the development of potential new product for customers and the company.
  • Maintain the organization and management of current R&D formulations file and nutritional data base.
  • Generate product information on ESHA Genesis System.
  • Submit draft R&D formulations and reformulations to accounting for costing.
  • Obtain and utilize working knowledge of current ingredient inventory.
  • Accountable for the sample request process from calendar scheduling through sample generation, packaging, and shipping.
  • Implement the customers request for information on formal sites and portals such as PLM, SafetyChain, Tracegains, Repositrak, Risepoint.
  • Work with the teams Ops, Sales, Purchasing, (cross-functional teams) and Quality to commercialize new SKUs, including the sourcing of ingredients, ingredient approval, supplier approval, process development, process control, packaging, labeling and HACCP integration through the customer evaluation process.
  • Assure an integrated Quality Systems approach to assure that new products are designed for food quality and food safety.
  • Align with engineering to research and identify needed equipment related to a new process or process improvement.
  • Work with purchasing to maintain current ingredient supply list and update production formulas to include updated ingredient numbers and process methods.
  • Maintain an understanding and working knowledge of current process equipment capabilities as well as improvement needs and plans.
  • Support sales and customer confidence by meeting with current and potential customers on behalf of R&D.
  • Be an available resource for Food Safety Assessments.
  • Support sensory panel development and testing.
  • Create recipes utilizing current and proposed products and new formulations.
  • Use creativity and innovation to solve production related issues.
  • Study flavor and flavor utilization and basic culinary science.
  • Cultivate and maintain cooperative working relationships with the multi-functional team members.
  • Maintain a grasp of current food ingredient functions for use in product development.
  • Encourage the culture of Food Safety and Quality.


Bachelors degree in Food Science required.

Minimum 5 years in Food Product Development or related discipline

  • Food Safety Training preferred.

Why is This a Great Opportunity:

  • Privately owned, growing company
  • Opportunity for career advancement
  • Work cross-functionally with a great team

Company Details

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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