Senior Scientist – Scratch Cooking, Food Solutions


Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Background & Purpose of the Job

Unilever Food Solutions is an inspiring global company made up of talented, entrepreneurial professionals working closely with chefs and distributive partners daily. We are proud to be part of Unilever, one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast-moving consumer goods, with sales in 180 different countries. As the dedicated foodservice business of Unilever, we lead the industry in providing innovative and high-quality professional food ingredients and value adding services created by 300 professional chefs, covering 50 cuisines, in 200 million dishes a day. As a member of UFS R&D Scratch Cooking team you will be working to develop relevant products under the Knorr Brand for menus to local guests, whether that is meeting the need for healthy, delicious, guilt-free dining experiences, localizing a global offering, or bringing the world’s most exciting cuisines to our North America market.

  • Partnership with Marketing, Culinary, Quality, and Supply Chain teams supporting business objectives.

  • Lead/support technical development (recipe, specifications) for North America Scratch Cooking products.

  • Support R&D initiatives of quality, nutrition, cost savings, complexity reduction and sustainability by design.

  • Works as a leader and member of a cross functional project team to deliver projects on time and in full.

Who You Are & What You’ll Do

Lead projects:

  • Lead and coordinate the R&D activities to deliver the brand’s program, ranging from innovation, renovation, quality and nutrition improvement and cost savings initiatives.

  • Lead the technical discussions in cross functional meetings and represent the R&D view for the project team.

  • Conduct technical risk assessments and provide recommendations on risk mitigation plans.

  • Demonstrate flexibility to manage multiple priorities by adapting to daily challenges and priority changes within business environment.

Develop products:

  • Define the technical project brief and targets against which products can be designed (performance and attributes), developed and measured. Translate the brand philosophy, culinary and operator insights into superior new products.

  • Design and execute test protocols for the various technical aspects of projects as required (e.g., prototype development and scale-up, shelf-life testing, analytical testing, etc.).

  • Lead the process of specification/label creation in SAP PLM from initial request through approved status including lower order specifications and new ingredient specifications.

  • Organize and participate in trials, providing onsite monitoring and technical assistance, while providing formulation adjustment recommendations as needed.

  • Ability to prepare comprehensive trial/lab reports and presentations, including recommendations and next steps.

  • Support cost savings (VIP) initiatives and supply chain efficiency projects to support quality, cost savings, and complexity reduction initiatives.

Provide technical and product guidance

  • Lead the technical discussions in cross functional meetings and represent the R&D view for the project team to technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Assess feasibility of new ideas and troubleshoot activities where formulation knowledge is essential.

  • Lead / support technical investigations using root-cause analysis and problem-solving techniques as required for existing and new products.

  • Analyze and interpret data with guidance on final conclusions.

  • Provide product expertise and insights into innovation and activation strategies. Be a product ambassador internally and externally, demonstrate awareness of operator insights and needs/behavior.

Establish and maintain internal and external working relationships

  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships and communicate effectively across R&D and non-R&D functions to support business initiatives.

  • Develop and maintain strong communication and effective working relationships with key business and strategic vendor partners.

What You’ll Need To Succeed

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Food Science or equivalent degree.

  • 3+ years of experience in the food industry, preferably in product development, processing, and/or project management. Experience with SAP PLM/Minerva, specification creation and approval process, knowledge/experience in emulsion technology, and good understanding of Supply Chain. Food Service business preferred. 10-20% travel required.

Pay: The pay range for this position is $83,200 to $124,700 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


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