Food Scientist - Product Development at Ferrara Pan Candy Co., Inc.

Posted in Retail 5 days ago.

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Location: Chicago, Illinois

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Food Scientist - Product DevelopmentPosition Summary

Primary Purpose

The Food Scientist will lead the development of new products, improving existing products, managing product specifications, and providing front line problem solving. This individual will be able to anticipate the needs of the R&D and cross-functional partners, and then recommend agile solutions and possibilities.

Major Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  • Executes various product development projects within sugar confectionery
  • Works closely with R&D, Engineering and Manufacturing staff in project execution, technology transfer, and problem solving
  • Works on problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors.
  • Leads 5-15 projects at any given time and may lead 1-2 high priority projects within a given year.
  • Effectively communicates project status updates directly with cross-functional partners
  • Assists in reverse engineering of competitive product and developing equivalents.
  • Seeks out new processes to create and introduce unique and interesting products to the confectionery industry.
  • Looks for new product ideas across the product range with proven ability to prototype new ideas.
  • Works directly with cross-functional Operations and Marketing contacts on project execution and timelines.
  • Travels both domestically and internationally up to 25%.
  • Ensures adherence to all company policies and procedures.
  • Understands and demonstrates the Company's core values.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies/Skills/Knowledge Required

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
  • Exercised knowledge and passion of confectionery sciences.
  • Ability to apply broad range scientific knowledge to confectionery technology
  • Strong project management skills to lead 5-15 projects at once.
  • Comfortable operating laboratory, pilot plant, and plant equipment.
  • Strong verbal and written communication.
  • Self-starter with strong initiative to seek improvements.
  • Able to apply strategic thinking, exhibit a collaborative mindset, and suggest innovative solutions.
  • Highly efficient at planning and staying on tight timelines and planning projects accordingly.
  • Naturally blend in with fast paced product development.

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in Food Science, Chemistry, Food Engineering or similar scientific field, or equivalent experience
  • Masters or certification preferred
  • Minimum 2-4 years' experience or equivalent knowledge and skill set
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite
  • Working knowledge of Genesis and SAP preferred


We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees, employment decisions and opportunities at Ferrara will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital or civil union status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, military or veteran status, disability, handicap, genetic information, pregnancy (childbirth or related medical condition), or on any other basis prohibited by law. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.