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Food Technologist III

Date: Jan 5, 2022

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia


Glanbia is a global nutrition company, grounded in science and nature and dedicated to providing better nutrition for every step of life’s journey. The company takes pure and clean ingredients including milk, whey and grains and using expert knowledge and capabilities produces high quality nutritional ingredients and branded consumer products for customers and consumers worldwide.


Glanbia Performance Nutrition is a wholly owned subsidiary of Glanbia located in Downers Grove, Illinois. GPN’s brand portfolio consists of – Optimum Nutrition, BSN, Isopure, Think!, Nutramino ABB, Body & Fit, Amazing Grass and SlimFast, each with its own brand essence. GPN manufactures and markets the full range of performance nutrition and lifestyle products including protein, pre-workout, muscle gainers, ready-to-eat snacks and general health. Products are sold through a variety of channels including specialty retail, the internet, gyms and FDM in a variety of formats including powders, bars and Ready-to-Drink beverages. GPN has a global and expanding footprint with a current in-market presence in 24 countries.




• New Product Development

  • Formulate and Develop foods and supplements including: powdered and RTD beverages, RTE items, capsules, and tablets. Includes: formulation, validating ingredient and ingredient vendors, preliminary costing and preparing nutritional and supplement facts panels.
  • Create and flavor prototypes.
  • Organizes sensory panels. Refines formulations until desired characteristics are achieved.
  • Oversees pilot plant experiments and scale-up manufacturing runs.
  • Ensure that safety procedures, protocols, and initiatives are being followed setting a positive example for the rest of the team and any direct reports.
  • 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.
  • Guide and mentor junior team members as needed.
  • May have 1 direct report
    • Work with line manager to set SMART goals for direct reports that are tied to core company initiatives
    • Discuss and Review PDPs with direct reports

• 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 documents and set-up for all product introductions.

• Collaboration

  • Guide cross functional discussions in relation to projects
  • 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.
  • Provides Leadership in a team environment.
  • Contributes to innovation, trouble shooting, and brain storming ideas in a team environment.
  • Identifies & overcomes barriers to successful innovation by developing strong interdepartmental relationships with customer, manufacturing, supply chain, accounting, quality, and purchasing teams.
  • Understands customer needs.
  • Works with key suppliers and purchasing team to keep abreast of upcoming trends, novel ingredients, and new application ideas.
  • Considered a knowledgeable resource for others in the company



Education Requirements


Education Level



4 Year / Bachelors Degree

Degree or equivalent experience: Bachelors of Science degree in Food Science, Nutrition or related field or equivalent experience


Years Of Experience

Minimum Years of Experience

Maximum Years of Experience




5-8 years of relevant experience working in the food, beverage, or dietary supplement industry; prior development and knowledge of dietary supplements is an advantage



Other Experience

Knowledge of the position

  • In-depth knowledge in Powders and one of the following formats (Bars/RTE, Tabs/Caps, RTDs, etc.) is a must
  • Knowledge and development history of powdered beverages is essential
  • Knowledge and application of flavor systems is essential – easily able to troubleshoot challenges to flavor
  • Understands daily lab processes and production processes
  • Raw material and stability knowledge is essential

Skills of the position

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), nutritional software and MRP/SAP  systems
  • Detail oriented, well organized, and follows GMP lab and factory guidelines
  • Strong analytical and communication skills
  • Ability to solve problems quickly and “think outside the box” handling multiple projects/tasks at one time
  • Able to advise on development processes and parameters

Competencies for the position

  • Demonstrates Perseverance: Seldom gives up before finishing especially in the face of resistance or setbacks and pursues everything with energy and drive
  • Is easy to approach and talk to and is an early knower getting informal and incomplete information in time to do something about it
  • Proven track record of developing new concepts and bringing products to market
  • Works well in a fast paced “hands on” environment and stays in control under pressure
  • Able to formulate independently based on customer requirements for a project identifying any potential issues and alerting manager or customer
  • The ability to recognize and create learning opportunities and influence others
  • Exhibits Business Acumen: Is aware of how strategies and tactics work in the marketplace and is knowledgeable about the competition
  • Makes good decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment



Glanbia Performance Nutrition has enjoyed consistent double-digit growth which has been achieved both organically and through acquisition. Today, GPN has approximately $1.2B in revenue and 2,500 employees worldwide. With state-of-the-art production facilities occupying over 500,000 square feet of operating space, GPN is the only sports nutrition company to manufacture and market items in every product category. 



At Glanbia, we celebrate diversity, because we know that our individual strengths make us stronger together. We welcome and encourage interest from a wide variety of candidates, and we will give your application consideration, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status. 


At Glanbia our culture will celebrate individuality, knowing that together we are more.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago