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Food Scientist R&D

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


This role will help drive and deliver all technical aspects of new product introductions for Simplot’s international business unit to achieve profitable growth for the Company.  This role will serve as subject matter expert for food science, processing technology and related areas to key stakeholders.  Collaborates with other functions including marketing, manufacturing, regulatory and QA.

Key Responsibilities
  • Manage technical projects through Stage & Gate process using sound project management principles, while making teamwork a priority. 
  • Design and execute well planned experiments, analyze data and propose innovative solutions.
  • Troubleshoot technical, formulation, and processing issues throughout the NPI process. 
  • Complete accurate and timely information for Stage & Gate and Product Lifecycle Management programs.
  • Maintain accurate and compliant technical and quality records for NPI projects.  Ensure IP is captured and protected in accordance with Simplot policies and procedures
  • Develop successful working relationships with other Simplot staff and proactively liaise/communicate cross functionally.  Provide technical expertise, advice, and leadership to project teams and other functional departments.  Communicate and escalate project progress/issues to management and stakeholders. 
  • Participate in relevant category and brand planning activities and initiatives and understand the requirements of internal stake holders in their support of customer and consumer needs.
  • Ensure global compliance of product launches through close engagement with international regulatory resources.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with key suppliers by communicating timelines to ensure effective delivery of project objectives. 
  • Identify innovative opportunities and keep abreast of new technologies, emerging trend and legislative changes.  Proactively contribute to a positive team environment.  Mentor and support staff to become valuable and enthusiastic team members.  Facilitate personal career development through PMP and discussions with your manager.
Typical Education
  • Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from 4 year college or university
Relevant Experience
  • 5+ years related experience and/or training
  • Solid Product Development experience with proven results in the food industry
  • Expertise in a variety of food manufacturing unit operations and demonstrated ability to learn new technologies
  • Preferred experience in potato and vegetable processing, frozen food manufacturing and complex formulation work.
  • Proven experience managing multiple projects, demonstrating sound project management skills
  • Proven use of critical thinking skills to solve complex problems and develop appropriate technical solutions
  • Experienced at effective interaction with collaborating partners both internal and external
  • Experience in formulation and process feasibility during development, considering risk assessment and contingency plans
  • Six sigma experience a plus
  • Culinary experience a plus

Job Requisition ID: 2598

Travel Required: Up to 25%

Location(s): Tech Center - Caldwell 

Country: United States

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**

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