Senior Food Technologist

Date: May 16, 2024

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia

Senior Food Technologist



Join this dynamic team focused on delivering better nutrition for every step of life’s journey 


The Opportunity 


This senior level lab position will be expected to work both independently and in conjunction with their Manager/Director and other Food Technologists on the development of powdered applications along with possibility of working on, ready-to-eat, ready-to-drink, and tablets & capsule products from concept through execution. This role requires a proactive approach, underpinned by positive intent and a solution-oriented mindset. Successful applicants must have an extensive track record of developing and executing new concepts through to market/launch, and the candidate must demonstrate knowledge and a proven formulation history in powdered beverages. This position will have 1 to 2 direct reports.  This permanent position will report to the Sr. Director Research & Development.   


  • 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.
  • Formulate and Develop foods and supplements including: ready-to-eat  items, powders, tablets & capsules, and ready-to-drink. Includes: formulation, validating ingredient and ingredient vendors, preliminary costing and preparing nutritional and supplement facts panels.
  • Create and flavor prototypes, organizes subsequent sensory panels refining  formulations until desired characteristics are achieved.
  • Manages and executes pilot plant experiments and scale-up manufacturing runs, initiates analytical testing for raw materials and trials, and inputs specifications and formulas into product development software.
  • Engages in reformulation to comply with evolving government regulations or customer demands, while also overseeing the monitoring of product stability.
  • 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.
  • Works with Regulatory to generate and align on compliant Supplement/Nutrition facts panels and ingredient listings for product packaging/artwork.
  • Identifies & overcomes barriers to successful innovation by developing strong interdepartmental relationships with customer, manufacturing, supply chain, accounting, quality, and purchasing teams.
  • Works with key suppliers and purchasing team to keep abreast of upcoming trends, novel ingredients, and new application ideas.


The Skills you will bring to the team 

  • Degree or equivalent experience: Bachelors of Science degree in Food Science, or related field or equivalent experience
  • Years of experience: Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience working in the food, beverage, or dietary supplement industry; prior development and knowledge of dietary supplements is an advantage
  • CAPM or PMP Certification is a plus
  • Advanced knowledge in more than one of the aforementioned formats (Ready-To-Eat, Ready-To-Eat, etc…) is a must.
  • Knowledge and application of flavor systems is essential.
  • Understands daily lab processes and production processes.
  • Extensive raw material and stability knowledge is essential.
  • Proven track record of developing new concepts and bringing products to market.
  • Should have exceptional communication skills, making complex ideas easy and fun to grasp for everyone.
  • Be a creative problem-solver who juggles multiple projects with ease and excitement, always ready to think outside the box and inspire your team with innovative solutions.
  • Dealing with ambiguity and thriving in fast-paced, hands-on environments, while leading with enthusiasm.
  • Should understand customer needs, proactively identifying and communicating potential issues to ensure everyone's on the same page.
  • Effective communication and fostering collaborative interactions across teams and with internal customers.
  • Successfully manage and develop 1 to 2 direct reports
  • SAP experience preferred.


If you think you have what it takes, but don't necessarily meet every single point on the job description, please apply! 


Where you will work 

The opportunity will be based in Downers Grove, IL. 


What we would like to offer you! 

The opportunity to develop your career on a global stage, continuous learning through an on-demand learning platform, and a competitive compensation package including staff discounts, generous family leave policy, health & dental plan, competitive salary, 401K. 


About Glanbia 

The Glanbia Group comprises three divisions: Glanbia Performance Nutrition, Glanbia Nutritional's, and Joint Ventures. Collectively and with our partners we offer an incredible breadth of expertise in nutrition. We employ a team of 6,000 people, work with global food and beverage companies, and sell our award-winning and market-leading products in 130 countries worldwide. 


At Glanbia, we celebrate diversity, because we know that our individual strengths make us stronger together. We welcome and encourage interest from a variety of candidates, 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 celebrates individuality, knowing that together we are more. 

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