From concept to commercialization, Senior Food Scientists are leaders and drivers of new product development at Jack Link’s. A highly collaborative role, this individual will work closely with operations, food safety & quality (FSQ), business management, marketing, sales, consumer insights, and procurement, serving as a technical expert to identify areas of business opportunity, to execute plant trials, and to effectively launch new protein snacks and help the company achieve its aggressive growth objectives.
Driving innovation from internal and external sources to help fulfill the company’s strategic plan.
Develop project timelines. Manage individual projects as assigned and technical programs as assigned.
Participate in the innovation process for new idea generation. Bring new ideas and creative solutions and interact with Sales and Marketing partners to understand the business and our customers
Explore alternative approaches to deliver higher margin new product opportunities to market more quickly.
Develop new products and formulations to meet Jack Link’s business objectives: bench-top prototypes and manufacturing processes, identify ingredients, document product specifications, scale-up products into manufacturing setting, and coordinate product analysis (sensory, nutritional, challenge studies, consumer insights etc.) as needed.
Identify ingredients, technology, platforms and processes that meet current needs and will enable future development in line with consumer trends as prioritized by the business.
Design and execute appropriate testing methodologies to validate changes to raw materials, formulations, and process. Coordinate testing plans with food safety, regulatory, quality and operations. Generate written reports, interpret results, and make next step recommendations.
Document and maintain product and processing specifications
Provide technical support in determining root cause and finding solutions for problems in food products such as sensory, quality, or consistency issues. Participate on cross-functional teams to identify areas of opportunity in cost reduction, yield improvement, and formulation/process improvement and efficiencies.
Provide feedback and technical assistance as a NPD subject Matter Expert.
Champion quality awareness.
Performs other duties and responsibilities as necessary.
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Bachelor of Science in Food Technology, Food Science or related field
5+ years of experience in new product development/commercialization
Meat science degree and 2+ years in the meat industry
Understanding of USDA regulations
Smokehouse experience including natural and atomized smoke applications
Experience in the shelf stable meat snack industry, dry and/or fermented sausage processing
Demonstrated success in new product development
Proficient in data analysis and experimental design
Understanding of food processing, food safety, and food regulations and consumer insights
Must be able to communicate effectively with various manufacturing and other functional groups
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Must work effectively with all levels of management and employees
Comfortable in a fast-paced, changing environment
Must be flexible and able to work well in both individual and team environments
Must demonstrate effective leadership, problem-solving, presentation, and employee motivational skills.
Proficient in Internet navigation, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
About Jack Link's Protein Snacks
Running with Sasquatch is more than just a clever marketing campaign. As a Jack Link’s team member, Running with Sasquatch means we roll up our buffalo plaid sleeves and do the hard work first. We don’t shy away from challenges. In fact, we push hard and take risks. True to our North Woods roots, we're a bunch of ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things by driving results with innovation, creativity and a clear sense of urgency. Like our awesome protein products, we have an unwavering passion for quality, and you won’t find anything artificial here. What you see is what you get… authentic, humble and fun people who Run with Sasquatch!
Running with Sasquatch takes a team. We invite you to run with us, succeed with us, and celebrate with us. Most importantly, Feed Your Wild Side with us on our journey to be the dominant global leader of branded protein snacks!
Jack Link's Protein Snacks is a global leader in snacking and the No. 1 meat snack manufacturer worldwide. Still family-owned and operated with headquarters in Minong, Wisconsin, Jack Link’s also has a large corporate hub in Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, and operates a total of 11 manufacturing and distribut...ion facilities in four countries. Jack Link’s produces high-quality, great-tasting protein snacks that feed the wild sides of consumers around the world. Jack Link's Protein Snacks family of brands includes Jack Link's, Lorissa's Kitchen, World Kitchens Jerky, Bifi and Peperami.