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R&D Scientist- Specialty & Cooking


This is a Full-time position in Camden, NJ posted September 14, 2022.

Imagine…Working for a company that knows that its people are the key to its success in the marketplace.

A company in which achieving extraordinary results and having a stimulating work experience are part of the same process.

We cultivate and embrace a diverse employee population.

We recognize that people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives fuel our growth and enrich our global culture.

We are looking for an individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, team oriented environment, likes to be challenged, and values the opportunity to make a difference.

General Summary: The R& D Scientist for the Specialty and Cooking Team will directly support the Meals and Sauces division in the development and execution of new product designs that meet well-defined business propositions via consumer testing.

The successful candidate will be able to fully understand and explain the importance of basic scientific principles as well as experimental design, and then clearly manage and communicate results to project teams.

The research work involves, but is not limited to, new processing technologies, new ingredients, thorough understanding of current shelf-stable processing technologies and procedures, and consumer testing and validation.

The individual in this role will work with minimal supervision to execute these objectives and must possess an excellent knowledge base of technical principles and experimentation with creative problem-solving skills.

The position requires partnering with Marketing, CCID, Supply Chain, Quality, Packaging, Engineering, Purchasing, and Operations throughout the development and commercialization process.

This position will report directly to Senior Manager R& D, Specialty & Cooking.

Primary Responsibilities:40% With minimal supervision, develop and manage technical timelines and activities for multiple product development projects.Work with Marketing, CCID, and Commercialization Planning to define key milestones and specific R& D activities and timing.Lead product development projects from concept to commercialization based on product design criteria and consumer insights.Work with Process R& D and Engineering to define ingredient handling & blending equipment requirements and set up production trials accordingly.Lead trials in pilot plant and manufacturing locations, including co-packers, to assess feasibility and define finished product specifications that meet consumers’ expectations.

40% Proactively apply scientific knowledge and/ or technical skills to business issues/ opportunities.Incorporate consumer test results into formulation of prototypes.

Develop prototypes which deliver against business objectives, including cost and nutritional targets.Perform analysis, testing, and experiments to develop and/or improve products and processes.

Identify and communicate potential product constraints or risks and problem solve for solutions.

Lead the preparation of and provide sound technical guidance, proposals, and recommendations.

15% Work with Marketing and Consumer Insights to identify and build concepts against new products and/or platforms.Demonstrate innovative mindset, command of innovation process, thought leadership, business strategy & creative problem solving.

Lead awareness of industry developments and pursue ingredient, product or technology advances for application to new and innovative product initiatives.

5% Establish and maintain shelf-life studies for assigned projects and lead competitive benchmarking and Mind the Gap studies.

Job Complexity:Project management & prioritization of projects, balancing multiple project initiatives simultaneously and being flexible to changing directions.The individual must be able to deal with ambiguity, adapt to change and persevere.

It also requires the ability to identify critical path items and risks, and effectively communicate these to both the business team and management.This individual must be able to: 1) Work closely with Purchasing on ingredient supply & costing, 2) Work closely with PR& D, Engineering and Operations to identify, define, and commission new ingredient handling and/or blending equipment, and 3) Leverage internal and external expertise in resolving technical challenges.Projects may include working with co-packers, which will require effective communication skills and the ability to quickly adapt CSC formulas to their equipment/systems.Proficient technical R& D expertise with strong understanding of scale up/manufacturingKnowledge of financials and business acumen (P& L’s, ingredient costing) Job SpecificationsMinimum BS in Food Science or related field along with 3 years’ experience in product development.

Master’s degree in Food Science or related field preferred.Experience in developing and commercializing shelf-stable products/processes in manufacturing environmentWork effectively in team environment; communicate and influence effectively both verbally and in writing with cross-functional teams and R& D management.Comfortable driving decisions, with ability to delegate tasks to contractors, technicians and/or co-ops as appropriate, and provide training and feedback as necessary.Strong organizational and documentation skills.Ability to deal with ambiguity and persevere on projects with less definition.

Working ConditionsPhysical ability to handle weights of approximately thirty pounds.

Ability to walk/stand up at times for up to 75% of the workday.Willingness and ability to taste and evaluate a wide range of food products and ingredients.Kitchen, Pilot Plant, and manufacturing plant environment exposes the employee to heat and hot food products, coolers, freezers, requiring the use of personal protective equipment.Anticipated travel of 10-20% to R& D locations, manufacturing plants, or vendor locations.

ACR The Company is committed to providing equal opportunity for employees and applicants in all aspects of the employment relationship, without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.

In that regard, U.S.

applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law.

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