Food Scientist I in Downers Grove, IL at Tyson Foods

Date Posted: 6/20/2018

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Career Description


This position is responsible for developing and commercializing new and improved products and/or processes with direction from their manager. This covers all stages of product development and process development including writingnew product specifications, and ensuring regulatory labeling and food safety requirements are met. The person will conduct product development from a culinary perspective and will work with culinary chefs to develop formulas from benchtop to implementation.

  • Developing samples/prototypes of new products, modifying existing products, optimizing existing products, developing specifications for product production labeling, and compiling cost analysis information
  • Working with and influencing marketing, insights, sales, culinary, FSQA, operations and purchasing departments, coordinating with suppliers of ingredients, ensuring smooth start-up for new product production processes
  • Take on and complete special projects as needed

  • EDUCATION: B.S. or M.S. in Food Science, Meat Science, Food Engineering or related field. No degree with minimum of 6 years relevant experience
  • EXPERIENCE: All classroom work for M.S. is completed and dissertation is scheduled, no work experience required. B.S with minimum of 2 years of relevant experience. No degree with minimum of 6 years relevant experience. Understanding of product formulation, food processing and the Research and Development process. Understanding of regulatory labeling and food safety requirements.
  • COMPUTER SKILLS: Requires good computer skills with ability to fully utilize MS Office products and Tyson systems (or like systems).
  • COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Good verbal and written communication skills required. Presentation skills required. Must have the ability to effectively communicate with cross functional business partners.
  • SPECIAL SKILLS: Strong critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills. Strong project management skills. Strong numerical skills.
  • SUPERVISORY: May supervise a team of hourly technicians that support a team of scientists.
  • TRAVEL: 25% - 12+ domestic trips per year. Travel will be required to accomplish our internal and external customer needs. Travel will include customer meetings, plant production facilities for testing and commercialization of new products, process trouble shooting and any other regular business needs.