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At Michael Foods, we are a leader in the food industry because we introduce innovative, value-added food products and customer solutions. Our success starts from the inside out — empowering employees to play a vital role in our company. They have the chance to make their own impact, expanding on our already rich history. That’s how plenty of our people have already transformed their careers. And you could be next.

Scientist

Research & Development

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POSITION SUMMARY:

A Scientist is responsible for supporting activities around customer/sales sample requests, new products and line extensions, conducting product development project work as a member of a product development team, and providing technical & scientific support for RD&I Department. Individual is self-motivated and will drive new technical initiatives which fit within corporate strategic plan. Directs and manages the activities of technician(s) and professional(s) who may be assigned.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible in development of complex products or technology platforms through designing, planning, and execution of experiments while demonstrating a range of creativity.
  • Independently and rapidly formulate any food product; proficient in utilizing all available food ingredients in industry. Readily identify potential reactions among ingredients and rapidly solve formulation problems.
  • When necessary, can chemically alter existing ingredients to enhance their performance in achieving a specific goal (nutrition, preservation, special functionality such as thickening, emulsifying, etc.)
  • Scale-up products from bench top to the pilot plant to the plant required for commercial production scale-up.
  • Design and develop the next generation processing techniques that result in cheaper, better customer perceived quality or improved shelf-life products. Routinely recommend process innovations.
  • Work with cross functional teams as required (marketing, sales, operations, quality control, packaging, regulatory, other R&D areas of discipline and special operating groups). May use cross-functional strategy for problem solving.
  • Draft standards and specifications on finished products and ingredients used with minimal assistance. Generate food labels with all information covered.
  • Identify primary experimental variables and draft routine experimental designs independently; can readily utilize statistics in designing and interpreting experiments and use experience to see patterns and trends.
  • Consistently arrive at creative solutions of any technical problems.
  • EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • D. in Food Science or related technical field or M.S. in Food Science and 5 + years in food technology, or related technical field or B.S. in Food Science or related field and 10+ years’ experience in Food Technology.
  • Exhibit a professional attitude at all times; demonstrate a cooperative demeanor and willingness to help others. Ability to navigate self and others through conflict.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong teamwork and problem solving skills. Demonstrate ability to coach others.
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Rapidly learn other pertinent software as the job requires.
  • Knowledge of USDA, FDA and other local, state, and federal food laws and makes sure the company stays within compliance.
  • Demonstrate a complete knowledge of all available food ingredients.
  • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the work and may not include all the duties associated with this position.

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    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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