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R&D Technical Services Intern (Summer 2018)

Date: Jan 11, 2018

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia

Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN) is a leader in sports nutrition, is a full line manufacturer of protein supplements, ready-to-drink beverages, nutrition bars and performance enhancement products. Glanbia has evolved to become a leading global performance nutrition and ingredients group employing more than 5,800 people across 34 countries worldwide.  Our brands include Optimum Nutrition, Isopure, BSN, trusource, Nutramino, ABB, Amazing Grass, Body & Fit, and thinkThin. 


Glanbia Performance Nutrition is the fastest growing business segment within Glanbia plc ( With a state-of-the-art innovation platform and market-leading technical know-how as  well  as  a  deep  understanding  of  protein  and  its  customers,  GPN’s  brands  are  amongst  the  most recognized   and   trusted   names   in   the   rapidly-growing,   global   sports   nutrition   market.              


Job/Project Summary:

This position will support the Technical Services Team within R&D and will work with various departments within the organization including Marketing, Procurement, Quality, Supply Chain, Regulatory, Legal, and Production.


Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a working understanding of Research and Development, Applications and Innovations Processes related to the business
  • Learn to perform in a fast paced corporate environment on potential productivity projects as related to R&D.
  • Will help gain early knowledge of sports nutrition supplement industry as a whole by instruction and by experience.
  • Develop a working understanding of business and technical processes related to R&D Projects.
  • Develop People Management and people skill sets appropriate for Business Interfacing
  • Communication skills in order to work effectively with other departments


Expected Outcomes:

  • Ability to meet deadlines in a fast and fluid corporate environment while learning the latest R&D tools and techniques that are unique to our R&D department’s needs.
  • Familiarization with general product formulation skills and process and gains a basic understanding of the R&D department’s role at GPN.
  • To gain a better understanding of a career in New Product Development within the Food/Supplement Industry
  • Develop critical thinking and hands on experience in the R&D nutrition field.


Job Responsibilities

  • Will work closely and provide assistance to Food Technologists Second Sourcing Teams
  • Create Lab prototypes across a variety of product formats, in accordance to productivity projects and target deadlines.
  • Monitors projects through all phases of development and production.
  • Record and analyze data in relation to raw materials, finished products etc.
  • Adheres to cost and time constraints.
  • Present new ideas to members of the team.
  • Research new technologies and processes that can improve current operations
  • Assist with R&D sensory taste tests


Basic Qualifications:

  • In the process of actively pursuing an undergraduate degree in Nutrition, Food Science, sports physiology, biochemistry, biological sciences,  or similar discipline.
  • Experience building and maintaining relationships within a team.
  • Clear written communication and strong interpersonal skills. Good Organizational skills.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • General math aptitude and logic.
  • Must be able work within the Illinois area.
  • Be able to commit 40 hours a week
  • Commit to starting June 4th-August 10th. 

Nearest Major Market: Chicago