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R&D Formulation Scientist - VMS
Ref No.: 18-13595
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Start Date / End Date: 10/29/2018 to 01/28/2020
Position Overview:

•The R&D Formulation Scientist – VMS is responsible for the development of new gummy products and processes in support of client dietary supplement business objectives.
•Applies principles of consumer healthcare product development to formulate dietary supplements with delightful sensorial characteristics. Within given timelines, executes all aspects of formulation from bench top to pilot-scale to define manufacturing-scale processes. Provides technical support for these activities.
•Responsible for translating product specifications into holistic, multi-sensorial and effective products that are able to be manufactured at target costs.
•Product lines are focused on confectionary delivery formats (e.g., gummies) that have consumer appeal.

Duties and Responsibilities:

•Partner with project manager and project representatives from Regulatory, Medical/Clinical, Marketing, Quality Assurance, Technical, and Supply to deliver product development milestones against time line, budgets and defined quality attributes.
•Input on product development plan, time line, budget, and resource requirements.
•Develop target product profile and critical quality attributes.
•Independently design and execute experimental work to test hypotheses at bench top, pilot plant and plant level and obtain valid results consistent with project objectives. Analyze data to provide a relevant interpretation, draw valid conclusions and make appropriate recommendations for active projects. Recommend next steps to move project over technical hurdles.
•Author technical protocols, reports and dossiers for regulatory submissions
•Understand ingredient interactions and their implication on product stability.
•Understand the benefit and functionality of raw ingredients as they pertain to finished products.
•Review ingredient, process and finished product specifications and nutrition/supplemental facts panels and labels.
•Seek out and apply new technologies through partners (eg, university, suppliers) to enhance competitive advantage. Competitively insulate projects by developing patents and trade secrets.
•Assist in the creation and execution of descriptive and comparative sensory protocols to characterize product sensory attributes and quantify differences. Understand statistical design for comparative studies. Analyze data and make recommendations based on statistical methods. Utilize sensory/consumer data to refine product formulation.

Qualifications

•Bachelor's Degree (Master's preferred) in a scientific major, ideally Food Science, with 4+ years relevant experience in appropriate discipline and/or measurable business and technical accomplishments.
•Minimum 3 years of successful experience interacting effectively with key functional and business partners (Project Management, Regulatory, Medical/Clinical, Marketing, Quality Assurance, Product Supply, and Management) to solve problems, negotiate use of limited resources and resolve conflicts.
•Track record of successful delivery of products intended to be experienced during consumption (candies, snacks, chews, gummies) using a variety of technologies.
•Broad knowledge base of confectionary sciences and processing preferred.
•Solid experience with process design and equipment selection.
•Strong understanding of the product development process from concept ideation to launch.
•Proven project management skills.
•Strong formulation knowledge and understanding of chemical interactions.
•Results oriented, entrepreneurial and self-motivated, with solid organizational skills capable of delivering independently on objectives, yet possessing strong collaboration skills with flexibility to adapt to change.
•Understanding of Intellectual Property, Licensing, and Competitive Intelligence
•Strng interpersonal skills to support teamwork and foster an environment of achievement.
•Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite - Windows, Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word.
•Excellent communication skills.