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Senior Specialist - Research Engineer - Alternative Proteins

Company: Nestle
Location: Solon
Posted on: November 15, 2019

Job Description:

JOB SUMMARY:Discover and develop differentiating technologies leading to innovative products, while advancing the fundamental understanding of alternative protein sources and processes and their impact on product attributes and Nutrition Health and Wellness. Develop strategic Technology Roadmaps in the area of alternative proteins transformation processes and manage the execution of the prioritized projects, effectively engaging internal and external resources and competencies for timely delivery. Provide expert support to the execution of Innovation, Renovation and Technical Assistance projects in support of Frozen, Chilled and Ambient Foods.PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:1. As a member of multi-disciplinary teams, provide expert input and leadership for the definition and execution of strategic Alternative Protein Technology Roadmaps. Carry out research and development activities, to advance the prioritized multi-generation activities of the roadmaps.2. Identify, assess and document potential patentable ideas and follow established processes to decide on potential patent filling.3. Ensure consumer and business relevance of research work by applying knowledge of drivers of liking, timely engaging product development groups and consumer / marketing teams in the assessment of technology exploration and development.4. Manage strategic relationships across a diverse group of external resources including innovation partners, start-ups, universities, research institutes, technology providers, suppliers, etc., to ensure optimal use of internal resources and potential opportunities for acquisition or partnerships for novel technologies.5. Function effectively as a Project Manager and S&T Roadmap Manager as assigned. Plan and execute the necessary laboratory, bench-top and pilot plant trials coordinating all necessary resources internally and externally and utilizing various trial, recipe and nutritional management systems6. Develop and advance expertise in strategic areas of transformation of alternative proteins as assigned7. Contribute to relevant projects as a member of interdisciplinary / taskforce teams providing specific expert support in alternative proteins processing.8. Document projects and communicate their progress utilizing R&D project management and documentation systems as well as project updates and taskforce meetings and minutes.9. Identify needs for specific / new analytical methodologies and tools and work with internal and external resources to define effective ways of addressing the needs.10. Coach and mentor other scientists and technologists within the department and across the organization as appropriate.11. Keep abreast of relevant Science and Technology developments and evolving ingredients by maintaining active contacts with R&D Centers, Networks, Innovation Partners, Universities and Industry / Professional organizations.JOB QUALIFICATIONS (Education, Experience, and Knowledge):REQUIREMENTS AND MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:* MSc. or PhD. degree in appropriate field and active academic or industry research & development work in the field of Alternative Proteins, particularly around texturization, e.g. extrusion or similar processes.EXPERIENCE:* Over 3 years of specific experience, which can include research while at university. The level of the position might be adapted based on specific education, training and experience.* Solid theoretical and practical understanding of alternative proteins and texturization / extrusion to create desired fiber structure, appearance and textural attributes (e.g. meat analogues).* Thesis / research work related to alternative proteins is highly considered, particularly on extrusion, texture / fiber creation, high moisture extrusion, emerging technologies, current and evolving ingredients, etc.* Hands-on pilot plant experience with sound understanding on process conditions and ingredient impact on desired structure, appearance and textural attributes of alternative proteins.* Solid understanding of impact of ingredients and process on nutritional aspects of alternative proteins* Good understanding of established commercial meat analog technologies is also relevant (ingredients, formulation, forming, binding, etc.) as well as related product development approaches.SKILLS:* Excellent communication skills through written and oral presentation abilities, providing clear and concise explanations of science and technology to technical and non-technical audiences.* Demonstrated project management and organizational skills to lead complex projects in a cross-functional environment, include multiple interfacing with internal and external stakeholders and partners. Deliver stretch objectives on time and budget.* Demonstrated solid research skills, curiosity and creative / innovative approaches to assess problems and solutions. Proven ability to strategize, design and execute experimental plans.* Proactive, self-driven, results and action oriented, demonstrating passion, strong teamwork spirit, open mind and flexibility.* Ability to coach, train, and mentor technical team members.The Nestlé Companies are equal employment and affirmative action employers and looking for diversity in qualified candidates for employment.

Keywords: Nestle, Euclid , Senior Specialist - Research Engineer - Alternative Proteins, Other , Solon, Ohio

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