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Food Scientist - Condiments



Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA
Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Background & Purpose of the Job

The purpose of a Food Scientist is to support product development related work streams for on time and in full delivery of regional innovation, renovation, quality improvement and cost optimization projects.

Who You Are & What You’ll Do

As a Food Scientist in the Condiments R&D Program, you will support specific technical deliverables that are part of different projects run by Technical Project Leaders (TPL) within a broader R&D team.

  • Lead and deliver bench top product development for innovation, renovation and savings projects based on product brief from TPLs. Lead and deliver bench top product optimization, new ingredients or ingredients from new suppliers screening and validation for quality and value improvement projects.

  • Perform, when required, pilot plant trials and all analytical and sensory evaluations of the samples Weigh out and batch formulations for pilot plant runs/product bench optimizations/samples preparation for showings/cuttings including ingredient organization and inventory management and logistics (FIFO), interfacing with suppliers to order ingredients where necessary.

  • Perform inventory management and logistics of product samples (pilot plant produced or delivered from factories), manage products disposals and ship samples to other Unilever sites globally.

  • Conduct product showings/cuttings with cross-functional teams including the culinary team and CTI. Interpret analytical, testing & showings results and suggest scientifically sound next steps (with appropriate assistance and support). Lead the process of specification creation in SAP PLM from the request to the approved status and create specifications for all new ingredients and new products to be launch.

  • Lead the delivery of Third Party Manufacturing Manual for outsourced product launches. Participate in factory trials for commercialization when required. Identify improved ways of working and simplified processes.

  • Operates according to procedures and ways of working in line with Unilever frameworks, standards, and policies (SHE, SEAC, etc), relevant regulations (i.e. FDA), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) as well as Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs). Adheres to all company policies, programs, rules, regulations, and safety rules.

You’re a dot connector: The position works in conjunction with broader R&D teams including: Process Engineers, Packaging Engineers, CTI (Consumer Technical Insights), Microbiology, Material Experts, Data & Digital, Nutrition, Label Compliance and Technical Project Leaders (TPLs).

You love to win, and have fun doing it: . The position also requires external (raw material suppliers) and international (Global Design and Global Discover Teams) communication.

You’re a story teller: The position requires adapting technical information to communicate results with other cross-functional team members including marketing, planning, procurement, customer development as well as others.

You’re a paradox navigator: The position requires application of technical knowledge and scientific methodologies including bench top formulation, experimental design, analytical methods, statistical procedures as well as data analysis.

What You’ll Need To Succeed

  • Bachelors Degree with 2+ years of product development experience

  • Experience with ingredients & specification systems, knowledge/experience in emulsion technology and good understanding of Supply Chain.

  • Ability to manage key stakeholders

  • Drive to build R&D links with the Global team

  • Fully operational in use of ingredients, formulation, process and product design principles. Additionally, will need to work closely with suppliers to develop new ingredients to defined specification

Pay: The pay range for this position is $67,000 to $100,500. Unilever takes into consideration a wide range of factors that are utilized in making compensation decisions including, but not limited to, skill sets, experience and training, licensure and certifications, qualifications and education, and other business and organizational needs.

Bonus: This position is bonus eligible.

Long-Term Incentive (LTI): This position is LTI eligible.

Benefits: Unilever employees are eligible to participate in our benefits plan. Should the employee choose to participate, they can choose from a range of benefits to include, but is not limited to, health insurance (including prescription drug, dental, and vision coverage), retirement savings benefits, life insurance and disability benefits, parental leave, sick leave, paid vacation and holidays, as well as access to numerous voluntary benefits. Any coverages for health insurance and retirement benefits will be in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable plans and associated governing plan documents.

What We Can Offer You

Culture for Growth | Top Notch Employee Health & Well Being Benefits | Every Voice Matters | Global Reach | Life at Unilever | Careers with Purpose | World Class Career Development Programs | Check Out Our Space | Focus On Sustainability


Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Employment is subject to verification of pre-screening tests, which may include drug screening, background check, credit check and DMV check.