Senior/Principal Scientist - Product Development

Ocean Spray Location: Corporate
Requisition #: C13-2663
Employment Duration: Full time
Last Updated: 2/6/15 2:27 PM

Company Overview

Ocean Spray is a vibrant agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry and grapefruit growers in the United States, Canada and Chile who have helped preserve the family farming way of life for generations. Formed in 1930, Ocean Spray is now the world’s leading producer of cranberry juices, juice drinks and dried cranberries and is the best-selling brand in the bottled juice category. The cooperative’s cranberries are currently featured in more than a thousand great-tasting, good-for-you products in over 50 countries worldwide. With more than 2,000 employees and nearly 20 cranberry receiving and processing facilities, Ocean Spray is committed to managing our business in a way that respects our communities, employees and the environment.

 


Description

Ocean Spray has two Senior Scientist/Principal Scientist openings in our Product Development teams within Research & Development. This positions will be based in Lakeville, MA, and include full relocation assistance.

What is most important to you in your career? Are you looking to add value every day and work with a team of exceptional, innovative, passionate scientists? If so, Ocean Spray is right for you. We encourage taking risk and offer an environment where you can succeed with hard work and determination.

The Research and Development team plans, organizes and executes product innovations to support growth for Ocean Spray Cranberries. The Scientist role provides dynamic technical leadership to innovations from inception through to launch and supports other initiatives, operations and related activities.  Scientists work with business partners to develop and launch beverage and food products to deliver consumer expectations while meeting company goals to be the best branded cooperative in the world.
 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Develop and Launch Consumer Preferred Products

  • Plan, design/develop, and commercialize new product and product optimizations.  
  • Conduct hands on bench development prototypes and pilot scale tests
  • Ensure products achieve desired sensory and other consumer success criteria parameters
  • Design formulas to ensure commercialized products are reproducible and  robust enough to meet consumer expectations, quality and cost requirements, and supply of raw materials, with consideration to the impact on plant operations
  • Ensure formulas adhere to required Regulatory guidelines
  • Travel as needed to commercialize new or revised formulas at the manufacturing plants (15%)

Provide Technical Leadership

  • Serve as technical leader on cross functional project teams
  • Effectively manage technical timelines and multiple projects with competing deadlines
  • Conduct competitive and feasibility assessments
  • Conduct costing exercises at multiple stages throughout the product development cycle

Business Leadership / Communication

  • Present ideas and recommendation to senior management in various departments
  • Flag issues and concerns with potential solutions in a timely manner 
  • Identify and share portfolio building ideas and contribute in ideation sessions

Knowledge, Skill, and Ability Requirements:

  • Master degree or PhD required in food science, chemistry or chemical engineering.  A minimum of five years of experience in the food and beverage with increasing years of experience for the Principal level. 
  • 5-7 years of experience required for the Senior Scientist, 8-15 years of experience required for the Principal Scientist
  • Creative thinking and a passion for Innovation
  • Acute, sensory skills
  • Broad understanding of the fundamentals of Food Science with the ability to remain up-to-date on new and emerging technologies and ability to apply to product design.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work with various levels of an organization.
  • Highly organized, self-starter able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, adapt well to change and able to prioritize multiple projects.
  • Advanced PC skills: Windows, Excel, PowerPoint. Experience with Microsoft Project or similar software desired.

 


Compensation/Benefits

Compensation and benefits are high on everyone's priority list, so it’s high on our list too. That’s why Ocean Spray provides competitive salaries and a wide variety of benefits - including programs that protect your health and welfare, help you prepare for retirement and truly enable you to balance your work and family life.

Ocean Spray is an Equal Opportunity Employer/AAP/M/F/V/D.





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