Rich Products Corporation is known around the world as the founder of the non-dairy segment of the frozen food industry and the leading supporter and solutions provider to the Food Service, In-Store Bakery and Retail marketplaces. We are one of the world's premier family-owned food companies with more than 7,300 associates worldwide.
We currently have a great opportunity as a Food Scientist in our R&D department. Please visit our website at www.richs.com/careers to apply for this position or view other exciting opportunities.
The Food Scientist position is accountable for all aspects of product development, validation, commercialization, and technical support for appetizer overall and the dough-enrobed category as described below.
Product Development and Leadership for all New Product and Product Optimization: Develop new product, optimized, cost savings, and maintenance projects. Identify and implement innovative, practical application and modification of ingredients, formulations, and process to achieve business goals of commercializing new products, improving existing products, or cost savings. Provide project leadership in the development and commercialization of new products, product improvement, and cost savings.
Work on multiple interdisciplinary projects, setting direction for how projects are carried out, develop project plan, identify and organize project team, coordinate other resources to achieve goals, implement plan, monitor progress, and lead all communication of same within organization and outside of organization.
Design and execute experiments, analyze, and interpret data to make sound technical recommendations for specific projects.
Provide and communicate technical and business risk assessment and perspective for assigned projects.
Develop process specifications and ensure training and transfer of specification knowledge to QA and Operations.
Ingredient and Product Innovation to achieve business goals of commercializing new products and product platforms. Research and gain thorough understanding and knowledge of state of the art and emerging technologies in bakery product and ingredient technologies. Lead the development and implementation of new product and process technologies. Provide innovative solutions for overall appetizer and the dough-enrobed category.
Technical Support as the key overall appetizer and dough-enrobed product development technical leader for Rich Products Corporation. Support Operations and QA to resolve ingredient, formula, process issues and manage product/process changes. Provide technical support with customer on product information and process capability.
Collaboration with cross-functional teams on implementing new equipment and processes. Provide formula and process specifications and support to assure smooth rollouts of new equipment and processes. Support the process design and review on new capability expansion, cost enhancement, and/or process improvement opportunities of new to the company or new to the world technologies.
What do I need to be considered a candidate?
BS in Food Science, prefer MS degree and degree in Cereal or Bakery Science
BS: 6+ years of product development with a minimum of 3-5 years practical bakery experience. MS: 3+ with a minimum of 3+ years practical bakery experience.
3+ years as project manager, team leader, and/or group leader working with mid to senior level technical professionals on projects.
Must be a good problem solver; must be able to identify, interpret and analyze the correct data, and provide detailed directions to development projects.
Maintains active knowledge and understanding in areas beyond Product Development, including Production, QA, Packaging, and a thorough understanding of Marketing needs and financial hurdles.
Demonstrated skills of product development fundamentals and applications, knowledge of statistics, and problem solving techniques.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience of product and process development flow from conception to product launch.
Proven ability to transcribe project requirements into effective technical solutions through sound applications.
Requires the ability to interact and communicate effectively with Senior R&D Management, Engineering, QA, Plant Management and Line Operators.
Sustains a high level of competence and professionalism in a dynamic business environment (i.e., proficiency in driving team alignment on technical solutions and strategies).
Excellent leadership qualities, verbal and written communication, and prioritizing skills.
Proven effectiveness in working collaboratively within a matrix organization.
Advanced PC skills: Windows environment, word processing, statistical software, and spreadsheets.
We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and invite qualified candidates to apply. As part of our efforts to provide a safe and productive environment and hire talented and qualified associates, we maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing and background investigations.