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General information

All posting locations: Glenview, Illinois, United States of America

Job Function: 10 - R&D

Department: 10 - 03 - Packaging Development

Date Published: 12-Apr-2022

Job Type: Regular

Description & Requirements

This is a Research and Development (R&D) role leading project initiatives across the Processed Cheese categories within the Fresh- Beverages- & Desserts Business Unit.  This candidate should have a proven record of developing and executing work plans and driving for results in a variety of challenging and complex settings.  The candidate will be an R&D leader for technical projects to meet business initiatives focused on growth- brand maintenance- cost engineering- and quality improvement. The candidate will also help to drive the long-term technology enablers for the business unit.  This role is responsible for the design and execution of product testing- analyzing data- drawing conclusions- documentation- communicating results- and product commercialization.  Proven communication and teamwork skills are essential in this role- which operates in a dynamic and cross-functional environment. This position requires an individual to manage multiple assignments/ tasks concurrently with a high degree of autonomy.

Responsibilities

  • Demonstrates the willingness/ability to learn new product categories and/or processing areas
  • Work directly with the Business Unit- cross-functional team- plants- and vendors as the R&D project leader to develop and implement multiple new product launches from concept to commercialization
  • Creates and edits formulas- processing procedures and finished product specifications
  • Design and conduct plant trials and summarize results
  • Collaborates with operations to optimize processes and production for existing items within the limits of product specifications
  • Develop and manage deliverables to achieve R&D timelines and possess the ability to prioritize between a variety of business initiatives
  • Maintain technical documentation
  • Adapt and apply scientific principles to new situations/products and have a high degree of autonomy

Qualifications:

  • BS/MS degree in Dairy Science- Food Science- Food Engineering- Chemical Engineering- Microbiology- Chemistry- Biochemistry- Life Sciences or related field
  • 2+ years of experience in product development and commercialization
  • Excellent communication- influencing- and problem solving skills
  • Experience across a broad range of cheese and dairy ingredients- formulations and manufacturing processes desired- but is not a prerequisite
  • Strong understanding of Design of Experiments- and ability to coach others in this space
  • Willingness to travel approximately 25-30% of time

Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity