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Entry Level Food Scientist in Aurora, IL at OSI Group

Date Posted: 4/21/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Aurora, IL
  • Job Type:
    Other
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    4/21/2018

Job Description

The OSI Group is a results-oriented global company where highly talented, motivated, "can-do" people work together to deliver value for our customers.  Our success is built on a foundation of partnership with our customers, suppliers and employees and is what sets us apart.  At OSI you will be challenged to solve problems and drive improvements that will help grow our business.  

In this key role, you will be responsible for supporting the organization’s product development strategy by managing all phases of product development projects for key customer accounts.  We will rely on your expertise in the dairy and cheese category to provide ingredient, processing, and related technical knowledge to support innovative solutions to meet customer needs.

MAJOR POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and lead new product development projects through product development process.
  • Identifies opportunities to drive top line business growth via new and improved technologies, processes or ingredients.
  • Teams with other cross functional departments (Sales, Manufacturing, Culinary, Engineering, Quality, Process Control etc.) to provide technical leadership and support as a member of Product/Project Team.
  • Provides technical and scientific expertise to other R&D members, in the hands - on development of quality improvement, ingredient substitution, line extensions, new products and any applied technology.
  • Performs product development in bench, pilot and plant operations levels meeting the product development needs of the projects.
  • Provides technical guidance and solutions during cross functional team meetings bringing projects to commercialization.
  • Pro-actively recommends new concepts or prototypes in line with latest product trends.
  • Provides reports to business teams regarding both tactical plans and achievements.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, or related field of study.

  • Seven or more years of experience commercializing dairy and cheese products.

  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with others at different levels of the organization and across recognized functions.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing, to influence business decisions.

  • Strong practical knowledge of dairy and non-dairy ingredients, their functionality, product formulas, processing and manufacturing.

  • Familiar with in USDA/FDA regulations and standards. Experience with New Product Development Processes and Protocols.

  • Demonstrated creative thinking and problem solving skills

  • Ability to work successfully independently and under limited supervision..

  • Excellent organization and time management skills.

  • Proficient in on-line work systems and product development software tools.

  • May require traveling up to 30% of time.


OSI is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.