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Associate Product Developer

Lisle, IL · Science/Research
POSITION SUMMARY:

The Associate Product Developer will be leading R&D work streams with Pilot Plant and Manufacturing
facilities to deliver on the Innovation & Renovation business goals. This role will appeal to individuals who enjoy the challenge of leading in the creation, improvement and execution of vegan products. The
incumbent will leverage critical and technical thinking and scientific skills to bring together consumer
needs and product possibilities into winning, and creative innovation. The individual will need to be self motivated, team oriented and enjoy a fast-paced environment that enable us to deliver innovative and
creative products that allow for our competitive intensity within this category. A passion for food science
and technology together with that ability to translate theory to practice are critical to be successful in this position.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Design, plan, assist and execute experiments from bench top, pilot plant to scale up trials; collect
and analyze data, document and report results, and make recommendations
• Engage and assist Innovation Manager in preparing and documentation of SOPs, organizing
training sessions, troubleshooting the pilot plant equipment and execution of all pilot plant
related activities as required
• Renovate formulations by ingredient, process, and packaging approaches to improve product
quality
• Coordinates, plans and participates in product sensory tests using internal panels
• Consults technical resources (literature, technical papers, academia) to further product
knowledge and apply the learnings to execute projects
• Maintains documentation, SOPs and files associated with benchtop and pilot plant activities
• Assists with identification and development of ideas for technology improvements / cost savings
• Prepare and present technical reports/results, both written and oral, to associates, peers and
management
• Work closely with internal and external stake holders in achieving business goals
• Some travel required
• Other duties as assigned

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

• Food Science degree is a mandatory for this position
• Education:
o B. Sc. with a minimum of 2 years industry experience
o M. Sc. with a minimal to no industry experience
• Experience in alternative proteins and/or plant-based food product development is an asset.
• Higher degree is a plus
• Prior exposure to Manufacturing plant and Pilot plant operations or Quality Control preferred

COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS:

• Highly motivated, critical problem solver, results oriented, performance driven and easily adapts to change
• Ability to work in a fast paced, robust, and inclusive environment
• Outstanding organizational skills & ability to coordinate multiple projects and assignments
• Strong communication: interpersonal, presentation, oral and written
• Microsoft Office applications: Excel, Power Point, Word, Project
• Preferred: SAP knowledge

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