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R&D Scientist I in Loves Park, IL at thfoods

Date Posted: 7/9/2018

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Job Description


Position Summary:

Development of nut mixes, snack mixes, compound coated products, and various other snacks in a high growth environment make this joining the TH Foods an exciting opportunity of those looking for personal and professional growth.


R&D Scientist I, develops skills to conducts experiments, gathers data, develops preliminary findings and prepares written reports for the development of new products beginning at conception through successful commercialization. Also, supports maintenance of existing brands, such as cost savings projects and nutrition improvements. Selects appropriate methods, tests and procedures for testing. Develops project timelines, creates technical proposals and reports and makes recommendations.


Essential Duties and Requirements include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.


  • Complete project objectives under with guidance of the R&D manager.
  • Conceptualize and develop new product prototypes to support New Product or Existing Business initiatives in snacking including nuts, snacks, mixes, chocolate and yogurt coatings.
  • Partner with Marketing to develop successful products which are launched on time and meet the project objectives.
  • Support of rice cracker and fried snack businesses as required.
  • Improve existing products by optimizing product formulas or attributes (cost, nutritional profiles, and ingredient statements).
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of project work.
  • Work with pilot plant equipment and external partners.
  • Conduct plant trials and new product start-ups, may require working off shifts and extended hours.
  • Learn and utilize on-line specification system and other Company software systems.
  • Develop raw material, packaging, finished product and processing specifications.
  • Responsible for recognizing and reporting food safety and employee safety issues.
  • Develop prototypes that deliver project objectives. This may include ordering and weighing ingredients, as well as assembling prototypes for product evaluation.
  • Execute and lead projects, taking a hands on approach to ensure success.
  • Prioritize and execute multiple projects simultaneously:


Supervisory Responsibilities

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


Job Requirements


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Capable of prioritizing workload to maximize team support
  • Pragmatic approach to challenges
  • Ability to provide a positive customer  experience (internal and external customers)
  • Able to function in a fast paced environment.
  • Able to interact with all levels of the organization.
  • Proficient in basic office software applications
  • Preferred experience with confectionery pilot plant work and launch of products requiring: Panning, Coating, Chocolate, Compound coating, and snack mix


Required Background


  • Bachelors Degree in Food Science or Food Engineering required
  • Comparable bachelors of science degree with experience will be considered



  • One to three years of food industry experience in relevant field.


Physical Ability

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.