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Product Development Scientist III

Location: 

Buffalo, NY, US, 14213

Req ID:  27879
Segment:  Research & Development

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 $4 billion, Rich’s is a global leader with a focus on everything that family makes possible. Rich’s®—Infinite Possibilities. One Family.

PURPOSE STATEMENT

Who doesn't love ice cream?  More importantly, who doesn't love to innovate with it?  If this has you thinking about the fun you could have in this role, then read on!

 

This role is responsible for new product development, maintenance and improvement in the ice cream and desserts category.  You will collaborate with cross functional teams, conduct complex research and development activities concerned with chemical, biological and/or physical complexity of dough and baked product formulations in order to develop new products.  You will also evaluate and improve the quality of exisiting products and related processes. 

 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES/OUTCOMES

New Product Development/Product Improvements/Cost reductions   
Develop protocept and prototype products using research lab, pilot lab, manufacturing facilities and equipment that meet project criteria.
Lead, manage, and conduct plant trials to validate formulas and processes including process capability study.  Train Operations and QA personnel on critical product attributes and process controls.
Responsible for the development of raw materials and finished product specifications for internal and co-packed products.
Provides solutions to a wide range of difficult problems by applying advanced technical knowledge and extensive experience.
Sets up, operates and maintains pilot lab and research lab equipment. 
Selects and evaluates raw materials.
Designs and conducts shelf life studies, including product and package performance under various conditions.
Works with outside labs, universities, co-packed manufacturers, ingredient suppliers and equipment vendors as needed by project activity.
Manages and conducts multiple, independent and complex research and/or development projects.  Defines project objectives, organizing and prioritizing tasks and conducting experiments and analyses.
Coordinates and completes small and medium projects or manages segments of larger projects.  Defines project objectives, organizing and prioritizing tasks and conducting experiments and analyses.
Performs measurements and statistical analysis.

Technical Support 
Serves as subject matter expert for the corporation to help educate the corporation on company’s current and future product and process capability/versatility and provide product solutions.
Provide technical support to Marketing, Sales, Manufacturing, and external customers in the areas of product features and benefits, product solutions, and ingredient functionality.                   Plans and conducts presentations of new and existing products to staff and/or customers. 
Performs related responsibilities, as needed, to support Rich Products Corporation’s business objectives.
Provide technical support to Operations to resolve product related production issue by identifying root cause, develop technical solutions, and implement changes including training QA/Operations personnel on findings.

Record-keeping
Documents all formulas, process development and tests which have been conducted and records results of such tests according to department protocol.
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

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/EXPERIENCE

Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Food Engineering or related field with 4+ years job related experience in food preparation/food industry

OR M.S. Food Science, Food Engineering or related field  with 2+ years job related 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

Experience with dairy products & ice cream a plus!

Solid verbal and written communication skills including solid presentation 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.

Lift up to 50 lbs.         

Stand for 6 or more hours during the work day
 

 

 

 

 

#LI-KR

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 at asc@rich.com if you need assistance completing this application or to otherwise participate in the application process.

BRINGING YOUR BEST SELF TO WORK.

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.

MEET RICH’S.

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, Sales

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