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Date: May 1, 2019

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia

Job Summary:

  • This entry/junior level lab position will be expected to work closely with their Manager and other Food Technologists on the development of powder, bar, and ready-to-drink (and other format) projects from concept through execution. Successful applicants must demonstrate the ability to juggle multiple projects and must demonstrate good organizational, analytical, and communication skills.


  • Note: This is a lab position where all food allergens (milk, soy, nuts, peanuts, wheat, egg, etc…) are present.  This person will be involved in tasting a variety product types and subsequently exposed to them.



Essential Functions:

  • New Product Development
    • Develop foods and supplements including: powdered and RTD beverages, capsule, and tablets. Includes: formulation, validating ingredient and ingredient vendors, preliminary costing and preparing nutritional/supplement panels.
    • Create and flavor prototypes.
    • Organizes sensory panels. Refines formulations until desired characteristics are achieved.
    • Oversees pilot plant experiments and scale-up manufacturing runs.
    • Initiates raw material and factory trial analytical testing.
    • Enters raw material specifications and formulas into product development software.
    • Reformulates to bring formulations into compliance with changing government regulations or customer requirements.
    • Monitors product stability.
  • Documentation
    • Documents all formulations, variables tested, product stability, and other pertinent details and enters into lab notebooks and Formula Management System.
    • Produces formula cost information; works with purchasing, finance, and sales teams to help establish final product pricing; initiates new item forms for all product introductions.
  • Collaboration
    • Works with Regulatory to generate compliant Supplement/Nutrition facts panels and ingredient listings for product packaging/artwork and proofreads for accuracy.
    • Raw material specification advisement and review.
    • Contributes to innovation, trouble shooting, and brain storming ideas in a team environment.
    • Works with key suppliers to keep abreast of upcoming trends, novel ingredients, and new application ideas.


      Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Knowledge of the position
    • Detail oriented, well organized and follows GMP lab factory guidelines
    • Understands daily lab processes and production processes
  • Skills of the position
    • Possess problem solving skills– uses rigor, logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions
    • Robust planning skills – accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks, sets objectives and goals.
    • Strong analytical and communication skills
    • Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), nutritional software
    • SAP Experience is preferred
  • Abilities for the position
    • Can demonstrate Learning on the fly – learns quickly when facing new problems, open to change
    • Technical Learning – Picks up technical skills quickly
    • Works well in a fast paced “hands on” environment
    • Good flavoring skills and vocabulary to create new products and solve problems



  • Degree or equivalent experience: Bachelors of Science in Food Science, Nutrition, or related field
  • Years of experience: 0-4 years of relevant experience working in the food, beverage or dietary supplement industry; prior development and knowledge of dietary supplements is an advantage



PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (The work is classified as Light - Medium Physical Demand Level (PDL) by the US Dept. of Labor’s Dictionary of Occupational Titles.)

Frequencies: Occasional (1-33%); Frequent (34-66%); Continuous (67-100%)

Please change the Physical Demands to fit each job as needed.


Lifting Demands


Lift on an occasional basis floor to waist


Carry on an occasional basis up to 25 feet



Equal Opportunity Employer: Disability/Veteran. We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer that does not discriminate and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago