Meat Scientist

Chicago, IL

Posted: 02/26/2019 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 74.19DW Pay Rate: 65,000 - 90,000

Meat Scientist

The primary responsibilities of the Meat Scientist will be as follows:

  • Develops new products and concepts for new and existing customers to meet financial, culinary, and nutritional requirements
  • Recommends products and processes by evaluating current, new or improved processes or process aids, systems and technologies
  • Researches and incorporates new flavors, ingredients and processes into new product ideas
  • Creates and edits formulas, processing procedures, finished product specifications, and customer specifications
  • Creates and edits ingredient specifications and technical requirements of functional ingredients
  • Collaborates with operations to optimize processes and production for existing items within the limits of products specifications
  • Responsible for commercialization of new and reformulated products and successful transition from development to operations
  • Interfaces and collaborates with customers, suppliers, and internal management teams including sales, operations, quality, regulatory, procurement, finance, and customer service
  • Orders ingredients from suppliers as needed for sample product runs
  • Contributes to the ERP new ingredient implementation process
  • Provides products for customer and sales presentations
  • Actively participates in food safety programs that ensure the safety of ingredients and finished products
  • Communicates with customers on a regular basis
  • Works within USDA regulations in the development of product labels

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

JO:  74.19DW


  • Bachelor’s degree in Meat Science, Food Science or related field
  • 2-5 years’ product development experience in meat products
  • Knowledge of meat cuts, principles of meat science, seasonings applications, and sauce manufacturing
  • Basic knowledge of USDA label requirements
  • Strong communication and technical writing skills
  • Strong working knowledge of computers, specifically Microsoft Office products
  • Travel approximately 10-15% of time by airplane and/or car

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

JO:  74.19DW

Damon Wickmann
Technical Recruiter

I have always been an advocate of life and career strategy management.

I am also a 'Foodie' at heart and love recruiting for food and beverage companies.   

My background in education has provided me tools to support my passion for helping talented people with career advancement.   

I have transitioned from college advising to career recruiting where I combine that with my other passion - Food!

I recruit excellent people for the food industry and the science behind what we eat and drink.  This includes research and development in the lab through commercialization and the quality people behind the scenes that make it all happen.  I look forward to speaking with you soon.

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