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Sr. Product Development Scientist I, Value Added Bakery


Buffalo, NY, US, 14213

Req ID:  24665
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 .


Are you someone who prefers to work in a fast-paced cross functional environment? Rich’s is looking for a Senior Product Development Scientist in our Value Added Bakery Division. 

Imagine working for a stable, family owned company with sales in 110 countries and a workplace with great culture.  If this is the opportunity you’ve been looking for then we want to hear from you.


What you'll be doing:

Product Development and Leadership for Value Added Bakery New Product and Product Optimization:

  • Develop new products, and lead optimized, cost savings, and maintenance projects through Speed to Market process.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ingredient and Product Innovation to achieve business goals of commercializing new products and product platforms.
  • Research and gain thorough understanding and knowledge of state of the art and emerging technologies in product and ingredient technologies.
  • Provide innovative solutions for overall category.

Technical Support as a category technical leader:

  • 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.

What you'll need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or related field (e.g. Food Chemistry, Microbiology, Food Engineering, etc.)
  • 6+ years’ of experience* industrial, applied research experience


  • Master’s degree in Food Science or related field (e.g. Food Chemistry, Microbiology, Food Engineering, etc.)
  • 3+ years’ of experience* industrial, applied research experience 


  • Ph.D (e.g. Food Chemistry, Microbiology, Food Engineering, etc.)
  • 2+ years of experience* post-doctoral laboratory experience in specialty area applicable to position
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills including presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced environment

*Note: Experience expected to have resulted in a solid record of accomplishment such as demonstrated by products /process/ experimental design.


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: Outside Sales, Business Process, Sales, Management

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