Senior Research Scientist, Strategic Growth Platform, Chocolate at HersheyCareers

Posted in Other 16 days ago.

Location: Hershey, Pennsylvania

Job Description:

Job Location: Hershey, PA

Residing at The Hershey Company's Technical Center, this position involves a unique opportunity to work within the Research and Development department. This group is responsible for developing innovative new products for The Hershey Company.

The successful candidate for this position will be a major contributor to achieve company goals and programs within the Strategic Growth Platforms forcused on the Better For You (BFY) chocolate category. The individual should be able to provide input to set priorities and contribute to strategic direction for new product innovation programs. Specifically, this candidate will lead complex projects, and apply in-depth knowledge of product development initiatives. The individual will provide guidance in a cross functional setting, working closely with business partners in Marketing, Manufacturing, Engineering and Quality, to determine project goals and timetables, execute the projects, resolve resource allocation and timing issues and ensure that business objectives are achieved.

The successful candidate will report to the group's Manager and work with other senior management to establish strategic direction and goals for research.

Summary of major duties:

Project Leadership
*Lead product development projects which provide innovative new products focused on the Better For You (BFY) space within the Strategic Growth Platforms, Chocolate Research and Development. These areas include formulation development, ingredient development and product transformation interactions.
*Perform prototyping and development from bench top to pilot plant to full manufacturing scale.
*Interact closely with a cross functional group of technical, professional, and managerial staff of R&D, as well as, production, engineering, and marketing.
*Specifically partner with the Technology Development group to identify technology, ingredient, and process development needs to deliver the next generation Zero Sugar formulation with no sugar alcohols.
*Understand the business impact of the projects.
*Apply technical rigor and scientific principles and practices.
*Provide input for technical feasibility for new product concepts.

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform major duties/responsibilities:
*Demonstrated experience in confection and chocolate process platforms (moulding, enrobing, panning).
*Preferred experience within the Better For You space including, but not limited to, ingredient functionality and formulation principles for sugar reduction and sugar alternatives.
*Strong knowledge of various technical disciplines (Sensory, Research, Engineering and Packaging)
*Understanding of the impact of the key processing parameters in the conversion of raw ingredient and in-process material to finished product and critical for the day-to-day operation of a line.
*Demonstrated Influencing Skills
*Proven administrative ability, decision-making skills, financial understanding, business integration skills and technical expertise.
*Demonstrated problem solving and evaluation capabilities
*Excellent troubleshooting skills.
*Excellent written and verbal communication skills
*Must be open to and comfortable with change.
*The candidate much be able to work independently, and as part of a team in a fast-paced, growth-oriented business.
*Approximately 20% travel required, primarily within the US, but including occasional international travel.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Education & Experience: B.S. Degree in Food Science, Chemical, Food Engineering w / minimum 5 years experience
* Confectionary experience preferred


The Hershey Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The policy of The Hershey Company is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other categories protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

The Hershey Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veterans