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Product Development Scientist II


Buffalo, NY, US, 14213

Req ID:  24586

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 .


The Food Technologist II plans and organizes routine and non-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.  Accountabilities require the ability to successfully partner with others cross-functionally.  Work gets performed through Speed to Market (STM) or standardized business processes.


New Product Development/Product Improvements/Cost reductions

  • Prepares prototype and line extension products using research lab, pilot lab, manufacturing facilities and equipment, as required. Typical project assignments involve small product line extensions and iterative new products (e.g. modifying a customized product formula to create a new product).
  • Plans, organizes and completes projects of modest scope or are a segment of a larger project. Selects and/or develops appropriate methods for conducting projects and assists in designing experiments.
  • Interfaces frequently with various internal departments (i.e. Marketing, Purchasing, Engineering) and customers in accomplishing project milestones.
  • Selects and evaluates raw materials for experiments
  • Sets-up, operates and maintains research lab equipment.
  • Works with outside labs, universities, ingredient suppliers and lab equipment vendors as needed by project activity
  • Designs and conducts complex shelf life and storage studies, including product and package performance under various conditions and makes recommendations for appropriate adjustments in product and/or package as required.
  • Designs and conducts storage studies, including product and package performance under various conditions
  • Performs complex measurements and statistical analysis.

Technical Support

  • Presents results of complex experiments and recommendations to various groups, both internally and externally.
  • Orders materials for producing and evaluating complex prototypes
  • Develops solutions to a variety of technical problems of moderate scope and complexity by applying extensive technical knowledge and experience.


  • Bachelor’s Degree Required in Food Science, Food Engineering or related field with 2+ years related experience in food preparation/food industry OR M.S/PhD in Food Science, Food Engineering, or related field with 1+ year job related experience in food preparation/food industry PREFERRED
  • 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 and product development in regards to preservation technology
  • 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
  • Lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Stand for 6 or more hours during the work day
  • 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.
  • Travel up to 25%

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.

Nearest Major Market: Buffalo