Scientist (Fresh & Frozen Bakery) 9/16/2016

Campbell Soup Company Norwalk, CT

Company
Campbell Soup Company
Job Classification
Full Time
Company Ref #
04857
AJE Ref #
576193759
Location
Norwalk, CT
Experience
Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Job Type
Regular
Education
Bachelors Degree

JOB DESCRIPTION

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IMAGINE...working for a company that knows that its people are the key to its success in the marketplace. A company in which achieving extraordinary results and having a stimulating work experience are part of the same process.

We cultivate and embrace a diverse employee population. We recognize that people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives fuel our growth and enrich our global culture.

We are looking for an individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, team oriented environment, likes to be challenged, and values the opportunity to make a difference.

Pepperidge Farm, Incorporated, is a leading provider of premium quality fresh bakery products, cookies, crackers, and frozen foods. Based in Norwalk, Connecticut, Pepperidge Farm was founded in 1937 by Margaret Rudkin, an entrepreneurial homemaker who began baking fresh, wholesome bread for her allergy-afflicted son. For nearly 80 years, people have relied on Pepperidge Farm for its fresh bakery and snack offerings. Among the company's most popular products are Goldfish(R) crackers, Milano(R) cookies, more than 50 varieties of fresh baked breads including Pepperidge Farm Swirl(tm), Farmhouse and Whole Grain, and frozen Puff Pastry, Layer Cakes, and Garlic Bread. The company is found in nearly * of homes nationwide. Pepperidge Farm has been part of Campbell Soup Company since 1961

The Scientist is responsible for the coordination and execution of product development efforts for Base & Innovation Fresh Bakery and Frozen initiatives, encompassing fresh bread, buns, rolls, frozen cakes, puff pastry and turnovers. This includes innovation, new products, line extensions, cost savings, alternate supplier and quality improvements. Incumbent is responsible for ensuring that objectives, budget and timetables are met. This position is a hands on personal contributor position that may manage a technician. The Scientist responds resourcefully to new demands and challenges throughout the product development & commercialization process (including bench, pilot plant, and plant trials to create prototypes for consumer testing, etc.) and implements best practices. The incumbent must demonstrate strong interpersonal and project management skills and the ability to influence decisions within the cross functional team (Marketing, Operation Engineering, Manufacturing, QA, Process Development and Package Development) and externally with partners (suppliers, CSC COE's, R&D houses, co-manufacturers). The Scientist is expected to possess and demonstrate a solid understanding of food science, the business, operations and the commercialization processes. The Scientist approach should include a practical application and modification of existing products/new technologies or the identification and innovative creation of new and unique products which achieve business goals. The Scientist provides technical specifications and support to assure smooth rollouts of new products and processes during plant start-ups. This includes the provision of comprehensive process documentation to enable smooth commercialization and training of plant personnel. The Scientist must support an environment that fosters innovation and calculated risk taking.

Primary Responsibilities:

* Leads the identification, assessment and validation of formulations from benchtop through commercialization. This includes managing the financial aspects of product development including ingredient costs for plant trials
* Insures all proper documentation is done accurately and on schedule
* Conducts and leads assessment and capability studies, product startups/commercialization and provides on-site support to Plant Operations for new products, productivity and quality programs
* Fosters an innovation culture in Pepperidge Farm by continually introducing new ideas and product concepts for new products, quality improvements, and productivity.
* Creates, designs, supervises the development of new experimental protocols/best practices required to validate product concepts and prototypes.
* Independently directs the activities of outside vendors including ingredients and services.

Job Complexity:

* Ability to interact and communicate effectively with Senior Management as well as Plant Management
* Must be a good problem solver; able to identify, interpret and analyze the correct data, and provide detailed direction to development projects
* Active knowledge and understanding in areas beyond Product Development including Process and Package Development, QA, Project Engineering and thorough understanding of Marketing needs and financial hurdles
* Sustain a high level of competence and professionalism in a dynamic business environment
* Easily adapts to changing priorities

Minimum Requirements:

* Food Science, Bakery Science, Food Process Engineering, or Chemical Engineering degree with Product Development/Baking emphasis; preferably someone who has successfully commercialized baked products in the market.
* 8+ years of related experience with a consumer packaged goods background; experience with bread baking unit operations is preferred. Experience in rolls, artisan breads, pasta, doughs, cakes and other baked goods is also relevant
* Excellent analytical skills, strong attention to details, good communications and interpersonal skills
* Ability to handle and lead multiple projects at any given time in a team environment
* Passion for food science, product development and consumers as it relates to innovation for new products, line extensions, and productivity opportunities.
* Ability to think beyond his or her own (R&D) function to consider the organization holistically.

Travel - 20% to 30% to Pepperidge Farm Plants and to World Headquarters

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