Food Scientist Job Description

Food Scientist Job Description

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Food scientist provides timely food safety review and approval for ingredient specifications in the required software systems as the Food Safety Discipline Approver.

Food Scientist Duties & Responsibilities

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Lead new and existing frozen product development initiatives in the Bertolli and Marie Callender brands
Develop Consumer needs processes and prototypes to guide V.O.C
Lead and carry out product development activities across multiple product categories including benchtop prototypes, hands on plant testing, scale-up and coordination of all aspects including nutrition information, ingredient statements, packaging and labeling issue, sensory testing, customer required documentation
Act as a subject matter expert in training management hourly employees on technical issues that will aid in their decision-making and job performance and lead to higher quality products for the customer
60% - Develop gum formulations by defining and executing experiments based on project objectives with minimal supervision
10% - Develop strong cross functional relationships within technology and externally groups in order to create a strong technical network in order to understand technical challenges with gum and ingredient interactions
Independently design and execute experimental work to test hypotheses at bench top, pilot plant and plant level and obtain valid results consistent with project objectives
Seek out and apply new technologies through university and suppliers to enhance competitive advantage
Assist in the creation and execution of descriptive and comparative sensory protocols to characterize product sensory attributes and quantify differences
Formulate and execute the development from benchtop to production scale for both new products and product improvements

Food Scientist Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Food Scientist

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: GFSI, HACCP, SQF, ASQ, NRP, PALS, BLS, FS&Q, FS, GMO

Education for Food Scientist

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the food scientist job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Science, Engineering, Chemistry, Education, Microbiology, Biology, Technical, Nutrition, Technology, Chemical Engineering

Skills for Food Scientist

Desired skills for food scientist include:

Formulation
Food product design
Plant testing and commercialization
Process design
Product scale-up
Ingredient functionality and interaction
Food chemistry
Food science
Food microbiology and food processing
Consumers and competitors

Desired experience for food scientist includes:

Actively challenge applying innovative ideas to own projects
Estimate magnitude of risks with fact based logics and propose potential solution alternatives
Experimental designing, deep considerations for the results, concise report and defining next steps
Strong leadership and ownership for the project as product developer
Proficient - Beverage Technology
Working knowledge - Communication • Excel

Food Scientist Examples

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Food Scientist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of food scientist. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for food scientist
  • Lead new and existing frozen product development initiatives
  • Provide technical support to insure effective and efficient manufacturing of products
  • Continue the implementation and improvement of our food safety and FSMA programs
  • Train and develop site employees on food safety and FSMA programs
  • Design validation studies for microbiological CCP’s
  • Support/lead food safety incident investigations
  • Drive continuous improvement of our microorganism’s management programs (EMP’s) and facility upgrades
  • Monitor and provide leadership for our (Micro Reliability Improvement (MRI) Program
  • Lead/Support special projects as needed
  • Work closely with business and technical resources
Qualifications for food scientist
  • Competent
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in food product development or related field
  • Use of tools, equipment, and machinery
  • Walking, standing, or sitting for extended periods of time
  • Ability to independently manage project work
  • Lifting (note approximate weight and frequency, ability to lift 25 lbs on a regular basis, ability to lift up to 50 lbs on a sporadic basis)
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Our innovative and growing company is hiring for a food scientist. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for food scientist
  • Ideal candidate will has a degree in food science or related experience
  • Prioritize work to meet time line goals with focus on facilitation of issue resolution
  • Investigate micro quality related customer complaints through coordination of multiple groups/associates
  • Lead Customer first request (customer communication) related to microbiological questions
  • Work with suppliers on new micro technologies and IT programs to support new technology
  • Develop prototypes that deliver project objectives
  • In conjunction with Group Managers and Senior Scientists, establishes the agenda, priorities and work plans
  • Maintains a broad-based external knowledge of research and emerging technologies sourced globally, across relevant fields of study
  • Translates program strategies and project objectives into COTs
  • Design and conduct experiments to develop and validate efficacy of new food ingredients
Qualifications for food scientist
  • Design and execute experimental plans
  • Competent in MS Excel and presentation tools
  • Passion for new ideas, trends and bringing new to the world solutions a must
  • Better Process Control School certification or thermal process experience preferred
  • Driving a company or rental automobile
  • Demonstrated understanding of principles of scientific investigation and constitution suited to the practice of diligent observation
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Job Description Example
Our company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of food scientist. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for food scientist
  • Operate bench scale and pilot plant equipment to generate prototypes
  • Support production scale ups and the commercialization of new products
  • AB SCIEX participation and content in global scientific community through conferences, seminars and training programs
  • Explore innovative application of pet food product/process possibilities based on current state-of-art in the area of food technology
  • Serve as technical resource for the Marketing group to develop a robust pipeline of product development opportunities, which includes developing technical project plans and timelines for all assigned projects
  • Manage product formulas including appropriate ingredient, nutritional, regulatory and analytical requirements
  • Act as ingredient lead for all assigned ingredients/raw material
  • Proactively monitors and provides product maintenance for assigned product responsibilities requiring standardized scientific procedures
  • Developing and implementing Meat and Batters & Breadings strategy working with global and regional teams to deliver formulated solutions and technical information to support customer projects globally
  • Formulate solutions for Meat/Poultry/Seafood and Batters & Breading applications
Qualifications for food scientist
  • A Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science with a discipline in (food/meat science, food safety or food processing)
  • Highly motivated individual with a strong background in scientific procedure and project management skills are required
  • Conduct bench top experiments
  • Work collaboratively with Packaging, Quality, Operations, Marketing, Sales, and Finance
  • Design and lead plant trials to commercialize new product and work towards quality and cost saving initiatives
  • Commercialize / start-up products
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Food Scientist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of food scientist. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for food scientist
  • Develop and publish formulation and finished product specifications
  • Implement all technical aspects of a project’s Formulation/Product Development work-stream and ensure that all assigned tasks are completed according to plan
  • Developing new meat/poultry/seafood/batter & breading concepts leveraging ingredients and processes which can be applied globally
  • Keeping appropriate records to support IP strategy and develop patent applications
  • Develop innovative customer focused new products and application solutions leveraging existing products to enable new business
  • Provide technical expertise and project leadership to support Processing and Food Ingredients business strategy with focus new products and applications technical support for customers
  • Offer on-going technical support focused on continuous improvement of First Pass Quality (FPQ) standards and clarity/accuracy of customer facing documentation
  • Provide critical technical assistance and insight to manufacturing locations consult and troubleshoot with production when needed
  • Work closely with Operations, Engineering, Marketing, Sales and Quality personnel throughout the development cycle to create and implement new products and processes
  • Collaborate within PFI to meet business unit objectives
Qualifications for food scientist
  • Proficient computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite - Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Proven ability to problem solve and handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • This is a Center Research-based technical leadership role providing direction for and execution of projects across of our North American businesses (Grocery, Refrigerated, Bev & Snack Nuts, Foodservice/KFI and Canada Zone)
  • Translate research findings into meaningful business opportunities and communicate to cross-functional teams
  • Manage multiple assignments/research projects concurrently
  • 3-4 years work experience in food technology or foodservice is a plus
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Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of food scientist. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for food scientist
  • Provide scientific and technical microbiological support to the BUs to ensure product quality and safety
  • Partner with R&D to ensure appropriate product design for safety and quality
  • In co-operation with SARA, Auditing, Category Quality and Ops, leverage the company position with advisory, regulatory, governmental and scientific bodies by building and maintaining comprehensive communication networks and scientific contact points for retrieving and verifying significant microbiological information with business impact
  • Continuously improve own micro & food safety related knowledge, skills and understanding of food microbiology, epidemiology and food hygiene matters
  • Develop appropriate training for functions in the area of microbiology and food safety
  • Evaluate data from and report outcome of testing to cross functional teams
  • Candidate will be required to execute traditional product development alterations to current products as SKUs, and potentially equipment, are moved to new facilities
  • Lead customer technical projects and provide technical expertise to address customers’ technical issues
  • Build a strong technical project pipeline by developing robust technical account plans, identifying new technical leads/project opportunities and closing these opportunities
  • Develop close working relationship with the technical community of new customers or under-developed existing customers
Qualifications for food scientist
  • Experience in Baking strongly preferred
  • Working knowledge - Communication
  • Fresh as MS or 1-3 years of professional working experience in R&D, technical function in food industries including food ingredient suppliers or other FMCG industries
  • Strong understand of basic unit operations including pasteurizes, mixers, homogenizers, ovens, freezers
  • Proven track record of utilizing mechanical measurement techniques
  • Prior experience with regulatory and labeling experience preferred

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