The Principal Scientist, Global Product Formulation will lead and conduct valuable product research and development to drive business performance across all categories. This individual will drive innovation and advances in food formulation capabilities in the North America and Mexico regions and will support formulation globally. This position also entails building new competencies e.g. developing food formats new to Herbalife and new to the world - to pursue new business opportunities/categories as needed. S/he will develop formulas from concept to commercialization while ensuring that formulas meet projected organoleptic, shelf stability, performance, safety, claims substantiation and regulatory compliance. The successful candidate must have a hunger to explore and innovate with novel ingredients and should be inventive in their approach to problem solving and delivering new products while using current market insights and consumer needs. Understanding of basic food science principles and ingredient functionality is a must. The job includes but is not limited to formulation (product development), product ideation, new ingredient sourcing, prototype development and scale up to commercial production, post launch monitoring and evaluation.
How you would contribute:
Drive food and supplement innovation by translating market insights and consumer needs into viable prototypes.
Identify new technology and evaluate technical data for merit and feasibility.
Present innovation and technological advancement in food and/or supplement.
Develop innovation/renovation formulas from thought to commercialization while collaborating with R&D, Marketing, Sourcing, Quality, Regulatory Affairs, Licensing, and other Herbalife corporate and regional personnel in collaborative manner.
Independently build and implement strategies for formulation development and unravel multifaceted problems.
Conduct briefings and technical meetings for top management and representatives from diverse groups.
Understand and formulate to the latest innovation, testing guidelines as well as regulatory requirements.
Apply understanding of ingredient chemistry and food science to formulate to maximum efficacy.
Follow projects from prototype development through manufacturing ensuring all formulas meet target cost and follow brand policy, regulatory and quality requirements.
Acquire stability data on products and ensure commercial feasibility, by participating in the design and conduct of stability studies and troubleshooting under-performing formula.
Review ingredients for basic safety and technical specifications, CoA and MSDS.
Document all formulation work, ingredient specifications and process learning in laboratory notebooks, and utilize Agile PLM for product documentation and approval.
Develop and execute work procedures and standards to ensure formulations and processes are robust and translatable into full-scale manufacturing.
Act as a key technical project contributor/lead, using data-based decisions from identification through commercialization.
Track project activities and metrics with R&D and Operations Project Managers.
Capture information for transfer to Herbalife plants or vendor partners in advance of product commercialization, detailing product and process requirements.
Perform instrumental measurements/testing as required on product attributes.
Externally collaborates with suppliers, universities, and agencies to rapidly tackle technical issues and develop new product prototypes.
Perform additional duties as needed
Skills and background required to be successful:
MS in food science/food engineering
Experience and knowledge of manufacturing processes, pilot plant, and validation processes related to commercialization of food and supplement products.
8 years’ experience in product development for CPG or MLM
Business process orientation including adherence to New Product Process, testing protocols and appropriate Product Lifecycle Management (e.g. Agile) and laboratory notebook documentation
Experience working in a GMP environment
Proficient in Microsoft Office application, particularly Excel and PowerPoint
Ability to multi-task and problem tackle, while maintaining a clear sense of priorities and focus
Understand global regulatory requirements, including NAM, EU, CAN, APAC/CH, MX, SAM/CAM
Must have hands-on experience with bench prototyping and commercialization including knowledge and experience in developing food/supplements in regulated industry
Experience developing plant-based high protein shelf stable foods with clean label
Experienced in researching, interpret and report on technical subjects to both a technical and non-technical audience
Excellent understanding of physical, chemical, and biological property of ingredients as well as their structure and property relationships
Solid understanding of performance testing, scale to production, manufacturing limitations, stability testing, raw ingredient evaluation, and packaging compatibility
Must have strong problem solving, interpersonal, teamwork, project management and communication skills (oral & written)
Must be a self-starter with high level of initiatives and accountability
Ability to predict and resolve problems in a practical, timely and collaborative manner
Ability to generate and analyze data to drive optimum decision making
Ability to navigate in a fast-paced environment with multiple partner requirements
General knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)
Demonstrates flexibility in taking and managing multiple assignments and pivoting as needed
Ability to spot trends and use insights data to identify and execute on rapid prototyping of new product ideas.
Must display demeanor reflective of high caliber individual; positive, proactive, productive, focused, and informed.
Health & Wellness important to you? We’ve got you covered with benefits day 1! No waiting time for medical, dental & vision
Need a break? We’ve got your back with generous time off, including paid holidays, compensated volunteer days and extra days for the unexpected
Get your fitness on!! Onsite fitness center, group classes including yoga and bootcamp, free personal training and fitness challenges year-round
Get paid and get moving with our Wellness Incentive Program! Annual employee reimbursement (up to $500) and access to a Wellness Coach
Balance equals a healthy and happy community! We offer flexible work schedule, telecommuting and rideshare options
Like freebies and discounts? Complimentary HN products in our stocked pantries, generous discounts and free HN apparel/accessory giveaways
Planning for the future? 401(k) with company-match, ESPP, tuition reimbursement and online/onsite courses
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At Herbalife, we value doing what’s right. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected characteristic. We value diversity, strive for inclusivity, and believe the differences among our teammates is a key contributor to Herbalife’s ongoing success
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Herbalife Nutrition
Herbalife Nutrition is a global nutrition company. Since 1980, we have been on a mission to improve nutritional habits around the world with great-tasting, science-backed nutrition products that help people get the right balance of healthy nutrition.
Whether it is our industry-leading meal replacement protein shake that comes in dozens of flavors, or our teas, aloes, energy, fitness and outer nutrition products, we cater to a variety of daily nutritional needs, offering choice to consumers in over 90 countries.
Our products are available exclusively through educated and trained Herbalife Nutrition distributors who provide comprehensive and personalized solutions to their customers’ nutrition and wellness goals. Distributors are independent entrepreneurs who set up their own businesses and decide when and where they work and do so on their own terms. Our distributors fulfill our mission every day.
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