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Senior Food Technologist

Date: May 9, 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. This exciting business continues to grow rapidly and we are seeking a Sr. Food Technologist to join our team.


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 powders, tablets & capsules, ready-to-drink, and ready-to-eat items from concept through execution. 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. The ability to juggle multiple projects and apply critical thinking, organizational, communication and analytical skills is essential.


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

  • Formulate and Develop foods and supplements including: powders, tablets & capsules, ready-to-drink, and ready-to-eat  items. 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/Conducts 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.
  • Guide and mentor junior team members as needed.
  • May have up to 2 direct reports.


  • 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 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, business needs and strategy.
  • Works with key suppliers and purchasing team to keep abreast of upcoming trends, novel ingredients, and new application ideas.
  • Considered a key knowledgeable resource for others in the company


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of the position

  • Advanced knowledge in more than one of the aforementioned formats (Powders, Tabs/Caps, RTDs, Bars/RTE, etc.) is a must. 
  • Knowledge and development history of powdered beverages is essential
  • 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

Skills of the position

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) as well as nutritional software
  • SAP experience preferred
  • 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
  • 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

Competencies for the position

  • Informing – provides individuals accurate information so they can make accurate decisions. Is timely with information.
  • Demonstrates confidence around Higher Management – can present to more Senior Management without undue tension/nervousness
  • Demonstrates Standing Alone skills – will stand up and be counted. Willing to be the only champion for idea/position
  • Possess Negotiation skills –can negotiate skillfully  in tough situations with both internal and external groups
  • Exhibits process Management skills –good at figuring out processes necessary to get things done
  • Displays delegation skillset – clearly and comfortably delegates both routine and important tasks and decisions



  • Masters of Science degree in Food Science, Nutrition or related field or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience working in the food, beverage, or dietary supplement industry; prior development and knowledge of dietary supplements is an advantage



Nearest Major Market: Chicago