Associate Food Scientist at Ferrara Pan Candy Co., Inc.

Posted in Retail 13 days ago.

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Location: Chicago, Illinois

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Associate Food ScientistPosition Summary

Primary Purpose

The Associate Food Scientist will develop new products, improve existing products, manage product specifications, and provide 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
  • Collaborate with Food Scientists and Senior Food Scientist daily to ensure full alignment on project initiatives and plans
  • Lead and co-lead projects that will deliver exciting and innovative products
  • Team up cross-functionally with Procurement, Specifications, Quality, Regulatory, Operations, Engineering & Shipping/Receiving
  • Independently execute lab-related work activities to support the development of new products, product line extensions, duplications, process improvements and cost improvements
  • Collect and document key data from production scale up along with daily execution of R&D related lab activities
  • Utilize problem-solving tools/statistics to establish process control limits and specifications
  • Identifying risks and technical issues while providing recommendations for resolution
  • Travel up to 40%

Competencies/Skills/Knowledge Required
  • Knowledge of food science, food chemistry & ingredient functionality
  • Knowledge of the product development process and equipment processes/operations
  • Ability to work in a lab and manufacturing scale environments
  • Enjoys working in results oriented team environment
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Effective collaborator and influencer
  • Diplomacy to promote good relations
  • Strong technical competencies
  • Ability to troubleshoot and problem solve
  • Motivated self-starter

Education and Experience
  • B.S. Food Science or related field required
  • 1-3 years of relevant work experience in product development in the food industry


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