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R&D Food Scientist

Location: 

Buffalo, NY, US, 14213-1701

Req ID:  21561

Headquartered in the United States, Rich’s is a family owned, global food company dedicated to inspiring possibilities. From cakes and icings to pizza, appetizers and specialty toppings, our products are used in kitchens at home and in bakeries around the world. Beyond great food, we provide our customers insights that help them stay competitive, no matter their size. Rich’s portfolio includes creative solutions geared toward helping food industry professionals compete in three marketplaces: foodservice, retail, and in-store bakery and deli. The company’s history spans more than 70 years, and with more than 2,000 food products across multiple categories and annual sales now exceeding $3.7 billion, we have experienced record growth over the past decade. Meanwhile, our culture of family values is a rarity in today’s corporate environment, regardless of the industry.

 

 

Some of the benefits we offer include an on-site, 24/7 fitness center (complete with a personal trainer), on-site day care, flexible summer and holiday hours, and endless opportunities to learn, contribute, and advance your career.

PURPOSE STATEMENT

As a Scientist/Product Developer in our Pizza Division, you will join a team of talented associates and have the opportunity to make a difference from day one, both in innovating new products and in improving existing products. While working in our state-of-the-art labs and pilot plant, you will interact with Rich’s marketing and sales associates, as well as our key customers. Team members have the opportunity to not just commercialize their own new products, but, as their careers progress, to also have an impact on many of our other food categories.

Our sustained growth and focus on innovation has created the need for more top talent to join our new global technical center in Western New York.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES/OUTCOMES

Product Development and Leadership for all New Product and Product Optimization:

  • Provide project leadership in the development and commercialization of new products, product improvement, and cost savings
  • Work on multiple interdisciplinary projects, setting direction for how projects are carried out, develop project plan, identify and organize project team, coordinate other resources to achieve goals, implement plan, monitor progress, and lead all communication of same within organization and outside of organization.
  • Develop new product optimization, cost savings, and maintenance of products
  • Identify and implement innovative, practical application and modification of ingredients, formulations, and process to achieve business goals of commercializing new products, improving existing products, or cost savings.
  • Design and execute experiments, analyze, and interpret data to make sound technical recommendations for specific projects.
  • Provide and communicate technical and business risk assessment and perspective for assigned projects.
  • Develop process specifications and ensure training and transfer of specification knowledge to QA and Operations.
  • Research and gain thorough understanding and knowledge of state of the art and emerging technologies in product and ingredient technologies.
  • Lead the development and implementation of new product and process technologies.
  • Provide innovative solutions for overall category.
  • Support Operations and QA to resolve ingredient, formula, process issues and manage product/process changes. Provide technical support with customer on product information and process capability
  • Collaboration with cross-functional teams on implementing new equipment and processes.
  • Provide formula and process specifications and support to assure smooth rollouts of new equipment and processes.
  • Support the process design and review on new capability expansion, cost enhancement, and/or process improvement opportunities of new to the company or new to the world technologies.
  • Complete all work assigned  and on time

 

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering or a master's in food science
  • 6+ years of product development experience in bakery, dough or processed grains
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills, including proficiency with presentations
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong passion for innovation

Please note: The candidate’s experience should include a solid record of accomplishment, demonstrated in areas such as products/processes/experimental design.

This position requires travel (up to 30% of the time) to Rich’s manufacturing plants, with the amount of travel typically determined by project.

 

Rich Products Corporation provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Rich Products Corporation complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

Rich Products Corporation welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


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