Food Scientist, Commercialization - Research & Development

Lafayette, IN

Posted: 03/08/2023 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 93.23KG Experience:

Job Description

Food Scientist, Commercialization – Research & Development

We are currently looking for a talented Food Scientist to join our Research & Development team, reporting to the Sr. Director of Research & Development and working closely with our Marketing & Operations teams.  This position will be primarily responsible for providing technical leadership to continue to improve our current product portfolio & to drive development of new product categories from bench, to pilot scale up, and through full commercialization.

Who Are You?

  • A roll-up your-sleeves type of person with a can-do attitude who embraces challenge & enjoys solving problems
  • A critical thinker with a strong fundamental understanding of food safety, food chemistry and food manufacturing
  • A naturally curious type of person who is not afraid to ask questions and is always open to learn from others & help others grow
  • Someone with a passion for science that embraces disruptive ideas and has the ability to operate in ambiguous environments
  • A very organized person who pays meticulous attention to detail
  • A natural leader able to plan & manage complex projects while working with simplicity, urgency and agility
  • A friendly team-oriented individual with a strong sense of integrity who can develop solid relationships with internal and external partners
  • A foodie, passionate for clean label food who embraces optimism with a personal commitment to health & wellness
  • Someone who takes pride in the job and is eager to help shape our young company

Essential Job Functions

Working with guidance and support from the Sr. Director of R&D and R&D Managers, but with expected autonomy you will:

  • Provide direction for new product categories and process development from bench to pilot scale-up, and through full commercialization
  • Work cross-functionally to support continuous improvement and optimization initiatives of current products and manufacturing lines
  • Develop testing methods and data analysis tools to help build in-depth understanding of products, ingredients, processing conditions and equipment used in company operation
  • Support creation of new processes and procedures as the company grows
  • Think critically, balance multiple tasks, and be flexible wearing whatever “hat” is needed to support cross-functional teams and help meet company goals
  • Contribute to our knowledge base, thought leadership, and company culture through your unique character and skills

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristen Gawrys at

JO:  93.23KG

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science or Chemical / Biological Systems Engineering required. Master’s Degree preferred
  • 3+ years of relevant experience in food manufacturing, food product development, laboratory and/or pilot plant settings
  • Experience with commercialization and product launches
  • Experience with process development and continuous improvement
  • While the company has their own custom equipment, knowledge and experience with pasteurizers and extrusion would be helpful
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization
  • Self-starter and intellectually curious. Comfortable with ambiguity
  • Experience working in small and large companies, start-ups preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristen Gawrys at

JO:  93.23KG

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Kristen Gawrys

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