Senior Food Scientist

  • Job Reference: 462943788-2
  • Date Posted: 2 January 2022
  • Recruiter: STAFFMARK
  • Location: Salem, Oregon
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Staffmark's Professional Search division is partnering with a growing and innovative food manufacturer seeking a Senior Food Scientist to join their Product Development Group in Salem, OR. This full time, direct hire role offers a robust compensation and benefits plan, along with the opportunity to join a large, established organization, well-known for their innovative manufacturing processes, and still growing! As a vital member of the Product Development team, the Senior Food Scientist will continuously work to improve the existing product portfolio, while also supporting new product development from concept to commercialization. The Senior Food Scientist will work cross-functionally with teams in Sales, Operations, Quality, Procurement and Manufacturing, so along with strong communication skills, candidates should be exhibit strong technical aptitude and be self-motivated.
If you have 5-7 years of experience in product development in food manufacturing and are looking to take the next step in your career, please send your resume to .

  • Develop products based on customer provided guidelines, including but not limited to USDA labeling, organic, nutritional restrictions, allergen free, and cost restraints.
  • Document and maintain organized, detailed records of laboratory formulation variables and data analysis.
  • Designs laboratory and confirmation (scale-up) experiments that examine the operational and formulation variables that impact key product attributes such as taste, appearance, texture, etc.
  • Lead line trials to ensure knowledge transfer and adherence of quality from the lab to industrial scale-up, collaborating with industrial partners as needed. Plan, coordinate, document, and report on test runs and results.
  • Provide product information and technical support to customers.
  • Create Nutrition Facts Panels (NFP) and ingredient statements with limited guidance from Regulatory Specialist. Provide customer with options based on regulations.
  • Contribute to the development of project timelines.
  • Partner with cross-functional teams to identify and execute new opportunities, improvements, and solve technical challenges for internal and external customers.
  • Provide guidance to lab personnel and junior scientists on technical formulation requirements, specification development, data collection, and procedures.
  • Oversees the creation and approves specifications as required for new/revised SKUs.
  • Work with vendors to source raw materials as well as collect, organize, and help establish supplier specifications
  • Participate in cuttings of your own products, fellow food scientist's products, production quality cuttings, and competitive products.
  • Develops and improves knowledge of operating systems, product standards, raw materials, and suppliers.

  • B.S. degree in Food Science required with minimum 5-7 years of experience in product development, process development, or similar experience in food related industry.
  • M.S. or higher in Science field preferred.
  • Prefer experience in factory environment, scaling from benchtop development to commercialization.
  • Experience in savory flavor applications (i.e. sauce, soups, and side dishes) a plus.
  • Strong computer skills: Microsoft Office applications, experience with Genesis and SAP a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills - interpersonal, oral, and written.
  • Occasional travel required (10-15%)-domestic, to additional plant locations

About Staffmark

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