Senior Food Scientist

Senior Food Scientist - (AJ10215) (VS)
Paper / Packaging / Containers
Root of Jobs - Research & Development
United States - North Carolina - Canton
The Compensation
Benefits - Full
Relocation Assistance Available - Yes
Bonus Eligible - Yes
Detailed Job Description
Job Description:
Responsible for supporting business objectives related to the continued delivery of quality products using the highest scientific standards. Act as a resource or consultant with customers to address needs related to existing and new product questions. The selected candidate will work alongside other individuals in functional work groups to take new, improved and optimized products from concept through successful commercialization by utilizing skills in formulation, product and consumer testing.
The Food Scientist will provide factual data, guidance and solutions on food, food packaging interactions, product shelf life, packaging materials, microbiology, food & packaging regulatory & GMP requirements and related manufacturing processes as needed to support EPI's food and non-food fiber, paper, paperboard, packaging and filling machine businesses, both domestically and internationally.
Leads technical components of a project by coordinating activities of a cross functional team.
Works with internal team and external vendors to validate required materials meet customer, regulatory and scientific standards.
Presents iterative concepts to business team members, makes technical recommendations to meet project objectives.
Develops specifications and testing protocol for new products.
Identifies and presents new and innovative technical solutions and product ideas to the broader organization.
Supports cost savings initiatives through product & process optimization.
Provides troubleshooting support at EPI and customer plants as needed.
Provide technical support to other projects, manufacturing, converting and other departments within the company.
Willingness and ability to travel up to 20%.
Effective working relationships with internal/external counterparts: Manufacturing, Quality, Marketing, Supply Chain, Vendors, NPD Laboratory, Equipment Division and Customers.
Strong working knowledge of food science, food chemistry, analytical instrumentation, GLP, GMP, HACCP, Quality Systems, wet chemistry and microbiology techniques, PMO, food filling machine sanitary requirements, food processing equipment/methods and food packaging shelf life requirements.
Enjoys working in a results-oriented, customer focused, team environment.
Practices and promotes high levels of safety in all work.
Ability to handle changing timelines and priorities with flexibility.
Creative and willing to constructively challenge the status quo.
Evaluate current practices in manufacturing that may affect food safety
Provide recommendations and training resources for best practices improvement
Conduct analysis and review of chemical extractions results - including spectroscopy and chromatography data
Conduct analysis and review of microbiological testing
Lead investigations of chemical and microbiological issues
Provide on-site problem-solving evaluation/assessment in customers' filling/packaging operations
Conduct organoleptic-impact evaluation of materials, equipment, methods and environment
Provide calculations of worst-case, regulatory impact of chemical or microbiological deviation/excursion
Conduct risk assessment and provide worst-case remediation recommendations
Participate in the evaluation of packaging and product studies by performing carton inspections.
Complete all required EHS and food safety training.
Interface with outside laboratories, understand internal laboratory capabilities and assist Laboratory Manager in leveraging resources
Participate in Benchmarking activities including the evaluation of containers, packaging, converted board, polycoated board, baseboard, coatings, fibers, fillers, additives, and resins relative to the marketplace.
Creates an environment that encourages teamwork and collaboration, both internally and externally.
Ability to lead others through direct supervision and mentoring.
Excellent problem solving skills, viewing the problem as a whole and working with others as needed to resolve it.
Willingness to challenge the status quo and ignite change by actively sharing proven ideas and technologies.
Self-directed with minimal supervision.
Strong written, oral, and facilitation skills.
Ability to evaluate and communicate project status issues or risk appropriately.
Conveys technical information in understandable terms to all levels of the organization.
Technical Capability
Capable of working & leading projects in a microbiology lab environment with the high standards of technical proficiency, detail and precision. Experience in product scale up in a manufacturing environment is critical.
Systems thinker; understands the linkage of activities during commercialization and principles of design for manufacturing.
Understanding of common consumer and market research.
Ability to apply insights throughout the development process.
Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer applications to access information, analyze data and solve problems.
Statistical analysis- ability to utilize statistical software and tools to interpret data and trends.
M.S in Food Science or related field from a board of regents accredited university.
10+ years progressive product development experience. Previous work in Dairy or Beverage packaging industry microbiology is desired.
Prior direct supervisory and project management experience desirable.
Working knowledge of Stage Gate commercialization process is desirable.
More About the Position
40 Hours per Week
Visa Candidates Considered - Yes
The Candidate
10+ to 15 years of experience
Management Experience Required - No
Minimum Education - Master's Degree
Willingness to Travel - Occasionally

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