Director, Food Development
Nutrisystem, Inc - Fort Washington, PA

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Established in 1972, Nutrisystem Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI), was founded on the principle of helping people change their lives and is now the leading provider of home-delivered weight loss meal plans. Nutrisystem offers balanced nutrition in the form of low glycemic index meal plans designed for men and women, including seniors, vegetarians and the Nutrisystem® D® program for people with diabetes or at risk for type 2 diabetes. In 2012, Nutrisystem introduced a new in-store retail line, Nutrisystem® Everyday™ products, comprised of nutritionally balanced bars, smoothies, bakery and breakfast items aimed at consumers who aspire to eat healthier.

At Nutrisystem, we’re committed to helping people change their lives and believe that our dedication to success starts with the people who work for us. Our employees are talented, inspired and driven, in which we strive to maintain a workplace that honors those talents and hard work. Due to the enthusiasm and passion of our employees, Nutrisystem was recently named a National Strategic Partner of the American Diabetes Association, in recognition of its commitment to the mission and goals of the Association.

Headquartered in Fort Washington, PA (northwestern suburb of Philadelphia), Nutrisystem and its employees have truly made an impact by helping its customers’ lose over an estimated 71 million pounds in the past decade, and are now looking forward to helping America shed millions of more pounds in the years to come.

Position Summary: This position will be a key component to work on understanding the current product offering and developing formulas and products to expand the existing portfolio. The position will make recommendations on reformulation based on nutritional changes, costing and/or customer improvements. The position will be responsible for sourcing raw materials, raw material approval, cost and be able to formulate products that have restricted nutritional parameters. The position will require bench formulation to commercialization of finished products or working directly with co-manufacturers on providing specifications for finished product development. The position will work within a network of existing co-manufacturers and potentially source new co-manufacturers based on the product being developed. The position interfaces with supply chain, quality, marketing and retail. This position requires travel, amount varies per project loads.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned by supervisor or management.

• Sourcing raw materials and or co-manufacturers for development
• Creation of Integrated Product Definitions
• Bench Formulation and samples
• Fully scale commercialization
• Trend and new market research understanding for new food development
• Lead Bench Sample Approval Process
• Attend Plant Trials
• Work with Food Quality to provide formulation inputs for Finished Product Specifications
• Assessment of technical equipment and processes at co-manufacturing locations
• Assessment of ingredient acquisitions, costs, material approvals, substitution verification of raw materials
• General support for all technical issues and alignment of NPD to existing quality model requirements
• May be required to do culinary projects
• Responsible for resource and formulation capture and management in corporate product development digital files
• Business Development needs as required per Sr. Management

Qualifications (include Education and specific Experience)

• MS in Food Science
• 10+ years in food development
• Supervisory Skills
• Least Cost Formulation
• Formulation within Nutritional Guidelines

Key Performance Metrics

• Build Innovation Pipeline for all Food Products for (Direct & Retail)
• Bench Approval Turn-around Time
• Execution of Food Strategy


• Recipe and formulation development
• Agricultural and food ingredient supply chain knowledge
• Multiple industry disciplines
• Strong Lab and operations, direct hands-on and supervisory skills required
• Complete understanding of NLEA development and regulatory compliance

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The work environment is typical of an office environment.

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