Tyson Foods Senior Food Scientist I in Downers Grove, Illinois

61942BR

Req ID:

61942BR

Job Description:

Position Summary:

This position is a key development leadership position that is responsible for identifying, developing and commercializing new products and/or processes. This person would work independently and autonomously to create work plans that will have significant positive impact on the company. This covers all stages of product development and process development including writing new product specifications and ensuring regulatory labeling and food safety requirements are met. This person is responsible for using consumer insights driven concepts to develop innovative products that will meet the customer’s needs as well as accomplish Tyson’s objective of profitable, efficient production. The Scientist in this position will have a strong knowledge of the Research & Development process and is expected to leverage and expand their knowledge related to ingredients, product formulation and food processing.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop samples/prototypes of new products, modifying existing products, optimizing existing products, developing specifications for product production labeling, and compiling cost analysis information

  • Work with and strongly influencing marketing, insights, sales, culinary, FSQA, operations and purchasing departments, coordinating with suppliers of ingredients, ensuring smooth start-up for new product production processes

  • Strong working knowledge of the Research & Development process and is expected to leverage knowledge related to ingredients, product formulation and food processing to support best in class development of new innovative food products

  • Work across multiple product lines and processes, conducting research with a focus on food safety, shelf life, sensory technologies, yield improvement and optimization efforts to meet our business objectives

  • Analyze, interpret and present data for effective communication of product development and/or research findings to the business team and Sr. R&D Leadership team

  • General understanding of culinary techniques and their interaction with the science

  • Work on teams within R&D and across the organization in normal project work or special project assignments

  • Assess emerging ingredients and process technologies as well as partnering with key vendors to bring innovation to new product development, process improvement and cost optimization

  • Product development and research activities will expand across a broad range of food products and processes

  • Utilize project management skills, problem solving techniques, presentation skills and relationship building to effectively work with marketing, sales, process, package, engineering, insights, culinary, regulatory, FSQA, operations, purchasing as well as major external customers

  • Identify, develop and complete special projects as needed

Requirements for Senior Food Scientist I:

Education & Experience:

  • PhD with minimum of 2 years of relevant experience

  • M.S. with minimum of 3 years of relevant experience

  • B.S. with minimum of 5 years of relevant experience

  • No degree with minimum of 10 years relevant experience

Computer Skills:

  • Requires excellent 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

  • May also manage one or two salaried 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

Requirements for Senior Food Scientist II:

Education & Experience:

  • BS, MS or PhD in Food Science, Meat Science, Food Engineering or related field with minimum of 8 years of relevant R&D work experience

  • No degree with minimum of 15 years relevant experience

Computer Skills:

  • Requires excellent computer skills with ability to fully utilize MS Office products and Tyson systems (or like systems)

Communication Skills:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required

  • Strong presentation skills required

  • Must have the ability to effectively communicate with all functional and business unit management levels

Special Skills:

  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Strong project management skills

Supervisory:

  • May supervise a team of hourly technicians that support a team of scientists

  • May also manage one or two salaried 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

Facility Name (Location):

Downers Grove Office

Pay Type:

Exempt

Title:

Senior Food Scientist I

City:

Downers Grove

State:

IL

Shift:

1

Job Function:

Research and Development

Full Time / Part Time:

Full Time

Relocation Covered:

YES

Company Culture, Inclusion and Diversity Statement:

Tyson Foods proudly embraces diversity and is committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment. Our Culture is rooted in our Core Values and brought to life each day through our 5C Team behaviors (Caring, Candor, Creativity, Collaboration and Commitment). Team Members are the heart of our company and its success and culture is the connecting thread which drives our Talent Strategy to Attract, Grow, Reward and Retain the best talent.

Tyson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, national origin, color, religion, age, genetics, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.