Manages the Food and Flavorings Product Development efforts and laboratory.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Coordinates the day to day activities and oversight for the creation of new products, the R&D laboratory and any assigned staff.
- Provides expertise and develops new products as determined by the organization.
- Has strong knowledge of food flavors, spices, herbs and other food ingredients in the development of new products.
- Understands regulatory requirements for food labeling, and develops label components related to ingredients decks, nutrition facts, net weights and directions for use.
- Develops shelf life studies and product evaluations.
- Develops and runs formalized panels for product evaluations.
- Is involved in continuous improvement and product improvements.
- Understands USDA Organic and Kosher in product development processes.
- Manages scale ups from bench scale to productions.
- Represents Technical Services on teams within the organization.
- Other duties may be assigned.
Provides functional supervision by directing the work activity of other employees, but is not responsible for hiring, termination, evaluation, pay decisions, or corrective action.
Takes responsibility for safety within department and actively assesses hazards in their department and finds solutions to those hazards.
Reinforces a safety culture: leads by example, reminds employees to work safely, praises good behavior and safe practices, encourages suggestions, communicates consequences for unsafe acts, holds employees accountable, disciplines employees when warranted.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree (B.S in food science or related field from four-year college or university; and three to five years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret such items as general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or simple governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, or procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions where a certain degree of tact and discretion is needed.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to comprehend basic production, financial or scientific principles. Ability to use a computer to create spreadsheets, charts and reports and analyze and apply information to make practical, day-to-day business decisions.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Good communication and leadership skills.
- Ability to prioritize multiple projects and work independently.
- Good organizational skills, and attention to detail.
- Ability to work within team concept.
- Familiarity with Word, Excel and database software
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and/or fingers to type, handle, or feel and taste or smell. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and view a computer monitor or video display. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and color vision, necessary to evaluate products effectively.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, outside weather conditions, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.