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At Premier Nutrition, we’re a team cheering on our customers every step of the way. Maybe it’s in the PowerBar right before a marathon. Or in a post-workout bottle of Joint Juice. So many athletes count on us for healthy and transparent energy products, and that’s why we need a team that’s dedicated to building the future of nutrition. So come take the first step toward a career built on winning.

Scientist, R&D

Research & Development


Premier Nutrition Corporation (PNC) distributes nutritional food products to the health-conscious consumer under the brand names Premier Protein, PowerBar, Supreme Protein, and Joint Juice. With its people first culture, PNC treats employees with positivity and empathy and embraces new and innovative ideas that spark passion, personal growth, and a healthy dose of fun around the office. Bringing dogs to work, company-wide volunteer days, philanthropy and sustainability programs, in-office massages, walking meetings and workouts at the adjacent City Sports Club gym are just a few ways we help you increase your own good energy.

What’s it like to work here? Picture the scrappy culture of a start-up, the innovativeness of a tech company, with the resources and systems of a respected consumer brand under the Post Holdings umbrella, and you should have a sense of what it feels like to work at PNC. You’ll walk into the brand-new Emeryville office each Monday morning and find a hundred of your colleagues sitting on sofas, overstuffed pillows, the floor, or beanbags talking through the week ahead and learning about each other.

PNC seeks individuals who will thrive in this collaborative work environment and will help build our high-growth company. Our leadership principles capture the behaviors we aspire to and celebrate here—from ‘embodying a strategic mindset’ to ‘building people up’, each is a valuable tool in practicing leadership consistent with our values. We are Builders – looking for ways to challenge the status quo; Champions of Positive Nutrition - taking our role as health and nutrition seriously; Better Together – because we know that success is only achievable through our collective efforts; and we Ring the Bell, by celebrating big and small wins.

PNC is part of the Active Nutrition segment and is operated by its own senior leadership team, with publicly traded Post Holdings, Inc. (FY 2018 sales of $6.3 billion) as a parent company acting in a “private equity” capacity. Post Holdings’ Active Nutrition segment is a leader in providing innovative products that support healthy, active lifestyles with over $800 million in sales. Premier Nutrition utilizes a third-party network for manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution. Post Holdings is comprised of the Active Nutrition portfolio, which includes PNC, Dymatize, ­­­and Active Nutrition International (protein bars, shakes and powder products), Post Consumer Brands (cereals), Michael Foods (eggs, potato, cheese, and pasta), Weetabix (cereals), private label business groups, and Bob Evans Farms (a leader in frozen breakfast meats and vegetables).


Responsible for leading development of new products and revitalizing core brand over a broad portfolio- powders, RTDs, and supplements. Candidate has demonstrated ability to apply Scientific Method to experimental design, formulation, lab/pilot plant preparation of products, and manufacturing. Candidate will then translate data and knowledge to drive commercialization process to create business results. This position requires ability to apply principles of food science to solve industry relevant issues and then explain data and scientific principles to general audience.


New product development: 40%

  • Launch new products from concept to commercialization
  • Provide and exercise technical expertise through the development of solutions for new and novel ingredients, product formulations, and undertaking technical and manufacturing challenges
  • Lead and provide technical updates on a variety of R&D projects, ensuring alignment throughout the course of project lifecycles
  • Provides insight and expertise on future product development opportunities for new ingredients, products and processes
  • Responsible for successful scale-up to commercial production through collaboration with operations, QA, marketing and external co-mans by aligning on process capabilities and finished product specifications
  • Core Activities: 50%

  • Support for current product line- optimize supply chain for ingredients and manufacturing, provide solutions for cost control and reduction
  • Provide continuous improvement insights
  • Develop and maintain relevant specifications and improve commercialization processes
  • R&D Leadership: 10%

  • Mentor junior scientists and lab personnel
  • Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction when needed
  • Job requires analyzing information and using analytical and sensorial data and logic to address work-related issues and problems

    Education: BA/BS food science/engineering or related field required; Culinary Training/Experience preferred


  • 2+ years’ experience in food product and/or technology development
  • An interest in food science, cooking, baking, nutrition and other aspects of food preparation and preservation preferred
  • Key Skills:

  • Position requires critical thinking ability to explain complex technical subject matters to non-technical personnel
  • Strong technical knowledge to solving complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement suitable solutions
  • Meticulous attention to detail, particularly about health, safety and hygiene
  • Being a confident and independent worker with great communication skills
  • Strong collaborative skills and ability to work well in teams
  • Possess curiosity, creativity and alternative thinking to develop new innovative solutions
  • Post Holdings provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, status as a covered veteran and any other category protected under applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws.


    Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

    The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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