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Food Scientist

Tukwila, WA
REPORTS TO:       Director – R&D
STATUS:                Exempt
JOB PURPOSE: This position is responsible for taking new, improved and optimized products from concept through successful commercialization by utilizing skills in formulation, product and consumer testing, and translation from bench to large scale production.
  • Leads technical components of a project by coordinating activities of a cross functional team.
  • Works with internal ingredient team and external vendors to select raw materials for a given product. 
  • Presents iterative prototypes/concepts to business team members, makes technical recommendations to meet project objectives.
  • Develops specifications and testing protocol for new products based on critical consumer and customer attributes.
  • Identifies and presents new and innovative technical solutions and product ideas to the broader organization.
  • Supports cost savings initiatives through ingredient, product & process optimization.
  • Provides technical support to Marketing & Sales as required.
  • Provides troubleshooting support at the plant level as need arises.
  • Creates an environment that encourages and teamwork and collaboration, both internally and externally.
  • Excellent problem solving skills, viewing the problem as a whole and working with others as needed to resolve it.
  • Willingness to challenge the status quo and ignite change by actively sharing proven ideas and technologies.
  • Excellent project and time management skills.  Self-directed with minimal supervision.
  • Strong written, oral, and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to evaluate and communicate project status, issues or risk appropriately.
  • Conveys technical information in understandable terms to all levels of the organization.
    Technical Capability
  • Development experience in multiple product categories, dry mix products including baking, and/or beverage is a plus.
  • Strong background in ingredient application.  Understanding of flours, leavening, hydrocolloids, fats and flavors is desirable.
  • Experience in product scale up and comfort in a manufacturing environment is critical.
  • Systems thinker; understands the linkage of activities during commercialization and principles of design for manufacturing. 
  • Understanding of common consumer and market research.  Ability to apply insights throughout the development process.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer applications to access information, analyze data and solve problems.
    Personal and Social Competence
  • High integrity and honesty, promoting trust in all actions
  • Effective working relationships with internal/external counterparts: Manufacturing, Quality, Marketing, Supply Chain, Vendors.
  • Enjoys working in a results-oriented, customer focused, team environment.
  • Ability to turn around projects at a fast pace.
  • Flexible with ability to handle changing timelines and priorities.
  • Creative and change-oriented, willing to constructively challenge the status quo.
  • Physical – standing, bending, and lifting of product (up to 50 lbs)
  • Willingness and ability to travel 15-25%
  • B.S. or M.S in Food Science or related field.
  • 3+ years progressive product development experience.  Previous work in a Consumer Products environment is required.
  • Working knowledge of Stage Gate commercialization process is desirable.
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