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Product Development Scientist III

Location: 

St. Simons Island, GA, US, 31522

Req ID:  31191
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

Lead the development and commercialization of medium to high complexity projects to develop and commercialize innovations for new and renovated products and processes, and cost savings initiatives. 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES/OUTCOMES

With guidance, execute medium to high complexity product and process development activities from concept to commercialization . Accurately identifies project requirements applying the right production capability, ingredients, formulation, and design to match customer needs,  product specifications, and financial targets. 

Conducting internal sensory evaluations, product applications, and shelf life/ stress testing to determine acceptability of prototypes and competitive products for customers and consumers. 

Follow established guidelines and protocol, scientific  approach and statistical analysis in product development, plant trials, plant start ups, sensory, shelf-life stability studies, capability studies, and specifications development 

Provide technical support to resolve medium to high complexity production and quality issues, identifying root cause, develop and implement solutions including training QA/Operations personnel on findings   within assigned product category.

Support an environment that fosters innovation  by continually introducing ideas and product concepts for new products, quality improvements, and productivity and facilitate calculated risk taking.

Support the development and implementation of raw material strategy in collaboration with supply chain group and external vendors for differentiated new product performance and quality or cost reduction.

With guidance, develop raw material strategy in collaboration with supply chain group and external vendors for differentiated new product performance and quality.

Provide technical and business risk assessment /perspectives related to new product development and technical brand stewardship activities.

Leads, trains and mentors technicians. Provides technical advice to others within specialty 

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/EXPERIENCE

Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Chemical/Food/Biological/Mechanical or related field with 4 years food product and/or process development and project management experience from concept through commercialization. OR M.S. Food Science, Chemical/Food/Biological/Mechanical Engineer or related fields with 2 years food product and/or process development from concept through commercialization OR PhD Food Science, Chemical/Food/Biological/Mechanical Engineer or related field

Demonstrated experience to independently apply technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques, interpret data through sound experimental design and statistical analysis

Demonstrated experience in leading multiple high complexity projects within assigned product category  in a cross-functional environment while delivering significant results 

Solid understanding of food systems, ingredients, packaging, and processing interactions, experimental design and statistical analysis 

Demonstrated experience to deal with ambiguity and can comfortable manage risks, changing priorities, and uncertainty.

Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to work across functions and influence both above and below level

Proficient project management skills

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.)

Ability to use database, presentation and project management software beneficial

Travels regularly, up to 30%. Under special circumstances (e.g. plant start-ups) may be away from the Home Office for an extended duration

Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced environment
Lift up to 30 lbs.         
Stand for 6 or more hours during the work day
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.
 

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 resource 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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