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Senior Food Technologist

Date: Mar 16, 2019

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 with preferred RTD experience 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:

  • 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


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