Product Developer - Research, Development and Technology
Product Developer, Research, Development & Technology – Lisle, IL The Opportunity:
At Greenleaf Foods, we know that accelerating growth in the plant protein category is critical to realizing our vision to become The Most Sustainable Protein Company on Earth. Integrating new food technologies, world-class product designs and winning with best-tasting products, is imperative to achieving this vision as we strive to delight our consumers and strengthen our leadership position.
We are on a journey to hire individuals with great technical and commercial acumen to be part our amazing R&D family who share our passion for food and its impact on our lives and planet. As such, we are seeking a Product Developer to innovate, develop and commercialize great tasting, plant-based protein products. This role will be based out of our brand-new innovation center in Lisle, IL.
The position of Product Developer will appeal to individuals who enjoy the challenge of participating in the creation and execution of new and improved products. The individual will need to be self-motivated, team oriented, enjoy a fast-paced environment, dogged in their pursuit of the end goal and capable of bringing creative approaches to the resolution of the broad array of challenges with which they will be confronted. He or she must also enjoy the 'hands-on' nature of the job that will require involvement in bench, pilot and plant activities. A passion for food science and technology with an ability to use science and technology to problem solve will be important. A snap shot of some of the exciting things you will lead and do:
Co-ordinate, plan, design and execute product development through all stages of development; concept to bench-top prototype development, pilot plant and full-scale manufacturing in support of the business initiatives.
Review and document raw ingredients, formulations and final product specifications to maintaining accurate records and to ensure compliance with Company standards.
Build SAP RD skills for the creation of labels, regulatory approvals and generation of all product SOP changes.
Consult and provide direction to internal customers (i.e. Purchasing/ Marketing/ Manufacturing/ Quality Assurance) by communicating information for product improvements and/or cost savings initiatives.
Conduct assessment of problematic product issues and work as part of a team to resolve the technical problems and execute the development/modification of products
Consult technical resources (literature, technical papers, academia, suppliers) to further product knowledge and apply the learning to execute projects.
Prepare and present technical reports/results, both written and oral, to associates, peers and occasionally to management with business and scientific clarity.
What we have to offer you:
Be part of a company with an inspiring and unique vision, with a deep commitment to sustainability and expanding its leadership in sustainable protein across North America
Professional and career development opportunities
Competitive Health and Pension plans
Commitment to Learning – courses, resources and tools provided to all employees
What you will bring:
BS, MS or PhD in Food Science, Food Engineering or related field.
Minimum of 3 years of experience in Product Development - preferably in plant protein or meat science.
Functionally competent in MS Office programs
Good written and verbal communication skills
Must have strong people management skills
Must enjoy and thrive in a fast-paced environment
Flexibility of schedule – schedule may require various start times due to plant trials and start ups
Prior exposure to Manufacturing plant and Pilot plant operations or Quality Control preferred
Highly motivated, critical problem solver, results oriented, performance driven and easily adapts to change
About Greenleaf Foods, SPC Headquartered in Elmhurst, IL, Greenleaf Foods, embraces a strong, values-based culture, where dedicated employees take pride in doing what’s right for consumers, customers and communities. Employees thrive in an engaging, open and inclusive workplace that fosters safety and transparency, along with individual leadership and responsibility. Each Greenleaf team member has a voice and plays an active role in helping all of us achieve our goals with passion and discipline. They support one another to grow professionally, to learn new skills and to take on challenging experiences in the spirit of continuous improvement. Greenleaf Foods, SPC is committed to shaping the future of plant-based foods. Established in 2018, Greenleaf's portfolio of leading plant-based protein brands includes Lightlife Foods and Field Roast Grain Meat Co. Greenleaf is a wholly-owned, independent subsidiary of Maple Leaf Foods.
Our Leadership Values Eight core values guide us in everything that we do.
Doing What’s Right
Disciplined Decision Making
Diverse and Inclusive Teams
Transparency and Humility
Greenleaf Foods is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all our employees. As part of this commitment, we have adopted a number of COVID-19 safety measures, including a requirement for all employees to be fully vaccinated by March 31, 2022 and to show proof of vaccination. In keeping with this policy, successful candidates will need to provide proof of vaccination by March 31, 2022 (or prior to their first day of work if the start date is after March 31, 2022). We will of course consider accommodations for anyone unable to be vaccinated following workplace anti-discrimination and other applicable laws.