For nearly a century, The Jel Sert Company has focused on creating high-quality, high-value foods, and beverages that help bring people together. We are currently looking for a passionate and dedicated individual to join our team as a FORMULATIONS SCIENTIST. If you are looking for a work environment that encourages personal growth, responsibility, and a shared vision for creating incredible products that help create lasting memories, then Jel Sert wants you!
The FORMULATIONS SCIENTIST is primarily responsible for formulation development related to new products and product improvements. This includes branded, licensed and contract items. This position is also responsible for primary technical transfer of the new formulations into commercial operations – in conjunction with the Jel Sert Technical Development Group.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Formulating and executing product development from bench to production scale for new products and/or product improvements across various product lines/programs, while adhering to project timeline and cost parameters.
Perform new product development that require knowledge and experience in both processing technologies and product formulation.
Optimize existing formulas to achieve cost savings.
Create and maintain formulations, specifications, processes, and testing procedures.
Coordinate bench samples for prototyping and Sales/Marketing presentations.
Collaborate with Operations, Quality Control, Supply Chain, Packaging and Business Development to conduct trials, complete projects and meet production timing.
Work with contract customers as needed.
Adhere to all GMP and SQF procedures.
Work with vendors to identify ingredient improvements, innovative ingredient applications and process improvements.
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.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in product development formulating nutritional and food products.
Ability to work with others in a high-paced environment.
Organizational skills to manage multiple projects, timelines and communication to appropriate team members.
Sensory evaluation skills, be able to set up, conduct and analyze results.
General knowledge of manufacturing procedures, capabilities, and departments (i.e. powder blending and filling, liquid processing and filling, etc.)
Bachelor’s degree in food science, chemistry or biology required, Masters in Food Science a plus.
Dietary supplement formulation experience a plus.
Experience with Genesis Nutrition Software a plus.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES
Must have excellent communication skills, written and verbal.
Must have strong analytical skills.
Passion for the creation of new and exciting products
Self-starter that is naturally curious and enjoys working in a fast-paced innovation centric environment
Project management, attention to detail and organizational skills
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU - BENEFITS
401(K ) & ROTH Plan with Company Match
Aflac Supplemental Insurance
Paid Time Off plus Paid Holidays
Employee Assistance Program
PERKS OF WORKING AT JEL SERT!
Training and Career Development Opportunities
Discounts on our Delicious Products
Health Club Member Reimbursement
Interactive Company Culture with Engagement Activities
Employee Service Awards
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Standing: Remaining upright on the feet, particularly for sustained periods of time.
Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction
Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally form position to position.
Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.
Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
Hearing: perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction, and having the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and making fine discriminations in sound.
Repetitive Motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs on an as needed basis
Ability to climb stairs in order to get to areas of the facility to perform job responsibilities.
Pushing and pulling of carts on an as needed basis.
Ability to use senses; taste, touch, smell and sight.
Close visual acuity to perform activities: preparing and analyzing data and figures, viewing a computer terminal, reading, visual inspection of materials, operating laboratory devices, etc.
Mainly lab environment with some office and plant work. In the lab environment, one will work, from time to time, with hazardous chemicals with supplied safety equipment and is subject to atmospheric conditions such as dust.
Way, way back in the day in 1926 the very first product we made was a clever and convenient little dessert mix made of jelly and dessert that we called Jel Sert (see what we did there?). It was made by none other than Aunt Wick and Grandpa Charles, the founders of our company and the OGs of the drink and dessert mix game. Since those days, we’ve stayed true to our roots of making delicious and high-quality drink mixes, dessert mixes, and frozen novelties. We’ve also expanded our palate with all kinds of flavorful, convenient, and lifestyle-oriented new products. Just like Aunt Wick and Charles before us, getting clever and trying something new has always been part of our family and our company’s DNA.