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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.

Sr. Scientist, Product Development

Research & Development


Job Details


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).


This is a senior-level R&D position (manager/technical expert); This position will provide formulation/product development expertise to a wide range of growth/quality/cost savings projects from ideation through commercialization and provide on-site management for team of food scientists. This position will demonstrate joint accountability (with marketing lead and project manager) for project success by building strong partnerships with internal and external stakeholders and providing technical leadership to drive projects to completion. This position can be located in Emeryville, CA or Dallas, TX and will mainly support our Dymatize brand.



  • Create thriving innovation culture through engaging Internal Stakeholders and External Partners- synthesize all inputs into an aligned 3-year development pipeline
  • Execute projects through all stages of commercialization for innovation and core projects: design, plan, execute and communicate- consumer testing, pilot line trials and commercial line trials.
  • Provide technical expertise and solve problems on ingredients, formulations, processing, sensory and consumer testing. Maintain up to date knowledge of ingredients and technology
  • Reinforce platforms for product compliance (food safety, ingredient usage, NLEA information, product claims) against internal and external standards (FDA, USDA, and third-party certification) through collaboration with regulatory, QA, marketing and other parties.
  • Build network of vendors for both raw materials and manufacturing that drive core growth and innovation

  • Drive projects to completion. Leadership on workload balancing for R&D team, setting expectations, clear project planning and shifting resources to match business priorities
  • Build foundational R&D behaviors and skills through-out the team at Dallas as well as within the R&D teams across the business
  • Develop team- build technical skills as well as professional development pathway


  • BS in Food Science, Food Engineering, Biological Sciences, Chemical Engineering or similar disciplines; Advanced degree in a related field is preferred
  • Experience:

  • 7+ years of experience in Food industry, with 3+ years of experience leading teams, commercializing new products, and maintaining/improving existing product line
  • Skills:

  • Communicate technical details to business to drive decision making
  • Execute projects within timelines by providing solutions to problems and managing risk
  • Demonstrated ability to work effective in team environment through excellent interpersonal, influencing and communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Ability to excel in dynamic fast paced business environment, demonstrated ability to self-motivate and manage multiple priorities
  • Must be able to build relationships remotely and be highly autonomous.
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time if based in Emeryville, CA; Ability to travel up to 20% if based in Dallas, TX
  • Demonstrated product development in nutritional products is preferred
  • 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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