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Product Development Scientist I, TCCS


Buffalo, NY, US, 14213

Req ID:  24853
Segment:  Research & Development

Rich’s has been able to pull off something rare in the business world: a culture that successfully blends the latest business practices with family values.  That means our associates are able to work for a great company while also benefiting from a work environment that fosters world class professionalism combined with family intimacy.  Our benefit offerings are reflective of this unique blend of Life, Work and Family .


In this role, you will perform routine research and development activities concerned with the chemical, biological and/or physical nature of food in order to evaluate and improve the quality of existing products and related processes and to develop new products and processes. 


New Product Development/Product Improvements/Cost reductions   (40%)

  • Prepares prototype products using research lab, pilot lab, manufacturing facilities and equipment, as required. 
  • Administers and coordinates routine assignments, small projects or segments of larger projects, assisting in defining project objectives, organizing and prioritizing tasks and conducting necessary experiments and analyses.
  • Interfaces frequently with various internal departments (e.g. Marketing, Procurement, Engineering, QA and Operations) and customers in accomplishing project milestones.
  • Selects and evaluates raw materials for experiments
  • Sets-up, operates and maintains pilot lab and research lab equipment.
  • Designs and conducts basic shelf life and storage studies, including product and package performance evaluations under various conditions.
  • Demonstrates new and existing products to staff and/or customers.
  • Performs basic measurements and statistical analysis.

Technical Support (45%)

  • Presents results of basic experiments and recommendations to various groups, both internally and externally.
  • Orders materials for producing and evaluating basic prototypes
  • Develops solutions to routine technical problems by applying basic technical knowledge and experience.

Record-keeping: (10%)

  • Maintains accurate, up to date records, laboratory notebooks and computer database
  • Prepare and document all plant validation trials according to department protocol.
  • Ensures the work environment is sanitary, safe, and orderly.
  • Maintains a sanitary, safe and orderly work environment                                                                                                      
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Food Engineering or related field with 1+ years of experience in food preparation/food industry
  • Knowledge of advanced mathematics (i.e. statistics) and their practical application
  • Broad understanding of food science (e.g. biochemistry, microbiology, nutrition, etc.) acquired through both lecture and laboratory work
  • Ability to apply technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to compare and distinguish differences in ingredients, materials, etc. through taste, smell, touch and visual inspection
  • Manual dexterity required to operate various equipment such as scales, balances, etc.
  • Solid PC proficiency (Excel, Word, database, statistical software) and the ability to create spreadsheets, computer analysis, report writing. Proficient with relevant software tools (e.g. PLM,  etc.)
  • Ability to use database, presentation and project management software beneficial.

Rich Products Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates (“Rich’s”), are committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local law. The information collected by this application is solely to determine suitability for employment, verify identity, and maintain employment statistics on applicants.


Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on Rich’s. Please contact Rich’s Human Resources department if you need assistance completing this application or to otherwise participate in the application process.


As a family-owned company, caring for our associates—their whole selves—is a top priority. That’s why we provide benefits and tools to help our people balance the integration of work and life:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Health & financial benefits
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Family planning support
  • Flexible work policy
  • Associate affinity groups
  • Volunteering & community impact opportunities
  • Holiday gatherings
  • In-house taste tests (we are a food company after all)!

It’s all part of how we support our family of associates. Because in the company of family, all things are possible.


Rich’s, also known as Rich Products Corporation, is a family-owned food company dedicated to inspiring possibilities. From cakes and icings to pizza, appetizers and specialty toppings, our products are used in homes, restaurants and bakeries around the world. Beyond great food, our customers also gain insights to help them stay competitive, no matter their size. Our portfolio includes creative solutions geared at helping food industry professionals compete in foodservice, retail, in-store bakery, deli, and prepared foods, among others. Working in 100 locations globally, with annual sales exceeding $3.8 billion, Rich’s is a global leader with a focus on everything that family makes possible. Rich’s®—Infinite Possibilities. One Family.

Nearest Major Market: Buffalo

Job Segment: PLM, Management

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