Senior Specialist Product Development (St. Louis, MO)

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We're a leader in the pet care industry, which means we're not only ahead in volume, profit and market share, but our associates dare to Stand Taller. We innovate new products, impart new agilities into existing processes, constantly advance pet nutrition, and always pay it forward in the form of service for our communities and families. Are you up for the dare?

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Position Summary

Our Senior/Expert Product Specialists leverage their wealth of experience to bring ideas to life for our factories. As part of the Technical Applications Group, you will create the flavors, shapes, and textures often ideated by marketing and so enjoyed by pets. In this role, you'll handle various intermediate-term product developments and engineering processes for the business, as well as provide technical support to manufacturing operations. You'll leverage your sharp science background, combined with food processing and formulation experience to be able to effectively qualify new raw materials and suppliers. With your understanding of raw material and product functionality, you will define and optimize processes including dry blending, extrusion, drying, and coating to consistently deliver safe, compliant, quality, nutritional products. You'll identify and lead performance, waste reduction, and quality improvement projects to help us remain a leader on the shelf.

  • Manage development, scale up and implementation of new and existing technologies to improve the performance of existing products and develop new products
  • Explore innovative application of pet food product/process possibilities based on current state-of-the-art food technology
  • Serve as technical resource for marketing to develop a robust pipeline of product development opportunities, which includes developing technical project plans and timelines for all assigned projects
  • Leverage food processing expertise to advance operational standards and training for extrusion, dry blending, drying, and coating processes
  • Apply deep technical expertise to projects and challenges, demonstrating highly developed problem-solving skills and applying sound methodology to deliver an optimal solution.
  • Support product formulation including appropriate ingredient, nutritional, regulatory, and analytical requirements
  • Act as ingredient lead for all assigned ingredients/raw material including qualification of new raw materials and suppliers
  • Proactively monitor and provide product maintenance for assigned product responsibilities requiring standardized scientific procedures
  • Initiate and implement cost reduction ideas for assigned product lines and factories

*Approximately 40% travel required
**Perform all other duties as assigned.

  • Education: Bachelors, Masters, or PhD in Extrusion/Food/Grain/Meat Science or related scientific discipline
  • Experience (Years/Type): 1+ years' experience in product development (food), formulation, and scale-up
  • Preferred: 5+ years' experience in product development (food), formulation, and scale-up

It is our business imperative to remain a very inclusive workplace.

To our veterans and separated service members, you're at the forefront of our minds as we recruit top talent to join Nestle. The skills you've gained while serving our country, such as flexibility, agility, and leadership, are much like the skills that will make you successful in this role. In addition, with our commitment to an inclusive work environment, we recognize the exceptional engagement and innovation displayed by individuals with disabilities. Nestle seeks such skilled and qualified individuals to share our mission where you'll join a cohort of others who have chosen to call Nestle home.

The Nestle Companies are an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer seeking diversity in qualified applicants for employment. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, gender, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, perceived disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status, as defined by applicable law. Prior to the next step in the recruiting process, we welcome you to inform us confidentially if you may require any special accommodations in order to participate fully in our recruitment experience. Contact us at [email protected] or please dial 711 and provide this number to the operator: 1-800-321-6467.

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Nestlé operates in the Food industry. The company is located in Arlington, VA. Nestlé was founded in 2022. It has 201754 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 26 open jobs at Nestlé, click here.
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