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Senior Food Scientist

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.


Drive and deliver all technical aspects of new product introductions for the category to achieve profitable growth for Simplot and to provide knowledge in food science & technology and related areas to key stakeholders. 

Key Responsibilities
  • Lead development and technical aspects of NPI projects using Stage Gate Principles, procedures, and sound project management principles making teamwork a priority.  Troubleshoot technical, formulation, and processing issues throughout the NPI process.  Complete accurate and timely information for stage gate and specification systems.  Maintain accurate and compliant technical and quality records for NPI projects.  Ensure IP is captured and protected in accordance with Simplot policies and procedures.  Solid understanding of new product costing and provide input to optimizing costs.  Allocate work appropriately to technicians. 
  • 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 mgr. and stakeholders.  Proactively contribute to relevant category and brand planning activities and initiatives.  Understand the requirements of internal stake holders in their support of customer and consumer needs, align priorities & actions to deliver customer needs. 
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with key suppliers.  Communicate timelines to external customers and suppliers to ensure effective delivery of project objectives.  Provide technical expertise in support of innovative ideas/suggestions.  Align priorities and actions to deliver to customer needs where dealing directly with the customer.
  • 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
  • Master's Degree (M.A. or M.S.) is preferred
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 fried potato, frozen potato, grains, and vegetable seasoned products
  • Proven experience in managing multiple projects, demonstrating sound project management skills
  • Experience in stage gate product innovation process
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Effective communication with internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to develop cross-functional relationships
  • Experience in formulation and process feasibility during development, considering risk assessment and contingency plans
  • Strong technical understanding and capability
  • Demonstrated report writing skills
  • Ability to make effective decisions in a timely manner

Job Requisition ID: 2438

Travel Required: Less than 10%

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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