Senior Scientist Product Development

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Grand Rapids, MI, United States
Oct 24, 2016
May 29, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Nestle Nutrition/Gerber Products is a company founded on the principles of nutrition, health and wellness. At Nestle Nutrition/Gerber Products we understand the importance of giving our consumers food and beverages that taste great and help them enrich their lives. That's what "Nestle. Good Food, Good Life" is all about.

At Infant Nutrition, supporting the healthy growth, development and eating habits of children from infant to preschooler remains at the heart of everything we do. With strength of our GERBER, GRADUATES and GOOD START brands, we develop products, education and services that will enable us to become the trusted nutrition authority for consumers, retailers, healthcare professionals and regulatory agencies.

is to help nurture a healthier generation, one baby at a time.

The opportunity has arisen for a Senior Scientist, Product Development
to join our Nestle Nutrition R&D Centers, Inc. facility located in Fremont, Michigan.

Main purpose of job:

Design, plan, validate and implement the development of new products, line extensions, product improvements for Infant Meals & Drinks or Performance Nutrition with compliance to established safety standards, good manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and all Occupational Safety, Health and Environment policies as pertains to role.  Provide technical expertise and leadership on cross-functional project teams, including technical oversight of internal and external manufacturing start-ups. 

Responsibilities include:

Innovation/Renovation- Design, execute and analyze experimental approach for product design.  Develop information for Product/ingredient specifications, in-process control points and testing requirements. Support, coordinate and conduct pilot plant trials and factory scale trials. Effectively trouble shoot and offer plausible, executable solutions.

Project Management: Create project direction by providing technical input through the planning and decision making process and effectively communicating with senior cross-functional group management.  Can manage multiple moderately complex projects with a high level of  independence.

Pipeline Replenishment-Create project direction and effectively lead capability development projects (Cat 1) with minimal involvement from Supervisor.  Participates in exploratory activities and product scouting to surface new product ideas and technical opportunities.

Leadership- Create &  influence project direction by providing technical input through the planning and decision  making process. Identify and resolve project conflicts.

People- Effectively work cross functionally throughout the organization, including vertically and horizontally.  Mentor less senior associates.

Nestle is an 'Equal Opportunity Employer' and is looking for diversity in candidates for employment.

Minimum 4-10 years applicable Food Science or related discipline

- Bachelors degree with 10 years of applicable Food Science experience

- Masters Degree with 8 years of applicable Food Science experience

- Ph.D degree with  5 years of applicable Food Science experience

Advanced Degree preferred

Knowledge of:
- Food technology
- Team leadership and project management across functions
- Industry safety standards and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)
- Good understanding of NPDI, GLOBE specification process and PMD creation

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