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Senior Scientist, Breakthrough Innovation

Location: 

Buffalo, NY, US, 14213

Req ID:  24294

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 Breakthrough Innovation Scientist, you will regularly work in an ambiguous space to bring new product and process ideas that will lead to game changing results for Rich Products.  In this role, you will work on products from concept to commercialization in the bread, dough, bakery and pizza categories. 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES/OUTCOMES

  • Acts as a project leader, planning, managing and conducting research projects in product or process development (includes formulation and process development).  Establishes project methodology and time tables, identifies and organizes project team, coordinates other needed resources and monitors project progress. 
  • Works with cross functional peers on multiple interdisciplinary projects, setting direction for how projects are carried out, developing project plans, identifying and organizing project teams, coordinating other resources to achieve goals, implementing plans, monitoring progress, and leading all communication of same within organization and outside of organization.
  • Works with internal resources and external resources such as copackers, equipment vendors, ingredient vendors, personal professional network, etc. to develop sound technologies for new product innovations.
  • Provides guidance and day-to-day supervision to members on scientific project teams.  Mentors associates within the R&D department by sharing technical knowledge and expertise and providing necessary training. Trains scientists on dough technology including ingredient functionality.
  • Proposes new or innovative Bakery/Dough products, as well as methods for using technology to resolve problems.
  • Rapidly develops prototypes of breakthrough products, based on the marketing charter from the front end innovation.
  • Works with marketing to continually drive clarity from an abstract product concept to a clearly defined new product execution, leveraging the voice of the customer and consumer along the way.
  • Seeks centers of expertise or technology, inside and outside of Rich Products Corporation, which may provide beneficial knowledge related to research activities.  Communicates and shares expertise with others. 
  • Assesses and proves technical capability for formulating, processing and scaling up breakthrough innovations.
  • Represents the company with key customers as requested by sales or marketing, outside vendors, suppliers, universities, associations and governmental agencies.  Maintains confidentiality of proprietary information.
  • Works closely with Operations, Procurement and QA to assure their voice is heard during the development process for ingredients, food safety, manufacturing capacity/capability and supply chain feasibility. 
  • Prepares and edits reports and regular updates, providing concise summaries of project work.  Present project results and recommendations to various audiences including R&D associates, other RPC staff and interested external groups.
  • Supports new product and process startups in the plants.
  • Prepares finished product specs and processing specs for PLM.
  • Performs related responsibilities, as needed, to support Rich Products Corporation's business objectives.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/EXPERIENCE

  • B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering or MS Food Science Preferred. BS in Food Science 
  • 8 or more years’ product formulation and process development experience, preferably in bakery or processed grains
  • Strong passion for food & innovation
  • Experienced in  the development of innovative concepts through commercialization, with a solid record of accomplishments bringing new product innovations to market
  • Demonstrated ability to create clarity from abstract ambiguity in terms of developing unique executions against general innovation concepts
  • Demonstrated ability to work rapidly on multiple projects simultaneously, with shifting priorities, associated with the front end of innovation
  • Hands on ability to create innovative prototypes rapidly, for customer and consumer testing
  • Equally adept at doing formulation work in the lab and process scale up work in the plant, using existing and new processes
  • Proven Product development experience in the bakery or closely related area.  Additional experience in other food categories is a plus
  • PC / internet skills (Excel, Word, database, statistical software) and the ability to create spreadsheets, computer analysis, report writing
  • Travel up to 30% of time

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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.


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