Do you have a passion for creating products that nourish and improve the quality of life for small animals - guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, gerbils, pet birds and other furry friends? If so, we have a fantastic job opportunity in our Central Specialty Pet business for a Food Scientist! Supporting our businesses across the Chilton and Franklin, WI facilities, the Food Scientist conducts research and product development activities on pet products for the Kaytee branded categories. He/she will bring key skills and knowledge in new product ideas/concepts and troubleshooting and will be able to initiate product and/or processing concepts from product concept to final production startup and commercialization. Our Food Scientist will spearhead new technology development and its application to extruded products. And he/she will be instrumental in developing and implementing productivity and continuous improvement projects.
Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT and CENTA), is a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the pet and lawn and garden supplies markets. Here at Central Specialty Pet, a strategic business unit of Central, we work in a casual office environment where jeans are allowed every day! And we love animals so much, that our office employees can have caged pets at work: fish, hamsters, guinea pigs and lizards are all part of the team!
Our offices are conveniently located in the Franklin, WI Business Park within minutes of local restaurants and stores. In addition to great pay and work environment, employees are eligible for discounts on pet products, Verizon and AT&T cell phone discounts, yearly gym membership reimbursement, medical, dental and vision insurance and a 401k with match! You will also receive free life and disability coverage and discounts on movie tickets, sporting events, travel and more. Please see our website at www.central.com for additional company information or visit our branded site at www.kaytee.com to learn more about our great products and the furry friends we love!
B.S. or advanced level degree in Pet Food Extrusion / Food Science or Food Technology
Minimum of 3-5 years product development experience in the pet food industry preferred
In-depth experience of extrusion processing with knowledge of ingredient functionality in extruded food matrices and extruder configurations for a variety of process applications.
Experience in grain processing, milling and pellet mill operation.
Working knowledge of FDA, USDA, AAFCO and related regulations.
Experience using Design of Experiments, statistical analysis and ability to interpret results.
Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and in a safe manner.
Must be detail oriented and organized.
Must have excellent communication and computer skills.
About Central Garden & Pet
Founded in 1980 as a distribution company through a combination of strategic acquisitions and internal investment, Central Garden & Pet has evolved our business into a portfolio of leading brands in the lawn and garden supplies and the pet supplies industries.
The foundation of our success is our dedication to innovation, quality, and service. Our strategy is to continue to strengthen and build our branded products portfolio for consumers, to be both effective and efficient for our retail partners, and to deliver superior returns for our shareholders.
Central’s brands are consistently recognized by customers and industry peers alike for innovation and quality. With our branded, private label and distribution businesses, Central Garden & Pet has over $1.8 billion in annual sales. Some of our most recognized brands are Altosid mosquito control products; Amdro insect and pest products; Aqueon aquarium products; Farnam horse care products; Kaytee products and food for pet birds, wild birds, and small animals; Nylabone dog chews and toys; Pennington lawn and garden products; Sevin garden and lawn products; and Starbar products for rural insect control.
Our award-winning sales a...nd logistics operations service all of the major retailers and have the ability to reach nearly every independent retailer nationwide.