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Sr. Product Development Scientist

Location: 

Buffalo, NY, US, 14213

Req ID:  30541
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

The Sr. Product Development Scientist will plan, organize and conduct applied scientific research, which contributes the technical knowledge and expertise necessary to commercialize and expand existing RPC business platforms. Analyzes research data and prepares detailed reports and presentations for R&D management and other key stakeholders.

• Provides technical leadership and support to global R&D associates and is a key contributor to initiatives and projects in product/process development.

• May have limited supervisory responsibilities.

*** This position will be located at our world headquarters in Buffalo, NY and will require 30-50% of international travel *** 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES/OUTCOMES

  • KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES/OUTCOMES
  • Acts as a technical leader by planning, managing and conducting/executing research projects in product or process development in any of the following possible categories: fruit and pastry fillings, buttercreme icings, glazes, syrups or sauces.  Establishes project methodology and time tables, identifies and organizes project team, coordinates other needed resources and monitors project progress.  Maintains all project work in an electronic lab notebook.
  • Mentors R&D associates in other global R&D centers by sharing technical knowledge and expertise and providing necessary training.
  • Proposes new or innovative methods for using technology to resolve problems.
  • 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.
  • Develops and documents best practices, technical training, and establishes methodologies
  • Represents the company with outside vendors, suppliers, universities, associations and governmental agencies. Maintains confidentiality of proprietary information. 
  • Performs related responsibilities, as needed, to support Rich Products Corporation's business objectives.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or related field (e.g. Food Chemistry, Microbiology, Food Engineering, etc.) required.  Master’s degree in Food Science or related field  preferred 
  • 8+ years industrial, applied research experience, in job-related field with Bachelors or Masters  OR Ph.D. (e.g. Food Chemistry, Microbiology, Food Engineering, etc.) 3+ years industrial, applied research experience, in job-related field
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills including presentation skills
  • Strong technical/processing knowledge with the following categories: fruit and pastry fillings, buttercreme icings, glazes, syrups or sauces.  Strong technical knowledge of starches desired
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced environment
  •  Proven record of independently achieved accomplishments as demonstrated by: products/process / technological innovation and/or improvement
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and lead others
  • Solid PC proficiency (Excel, Word, database, statistical software) and the ability to create spreadsheets, computer analysis, report writing. Proficient with relevant software tools (e.g. PLM, etc.)
  • Interfaces frequently with various internal and external groups within industry.
  • Regular International travel 30-50% of time.
  • Candidates who are fluent in multiple languages is a plus (Spanish or Mandarin) #IND123 #LI-RT1

 

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.


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