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Technologist I, Food

Date: Feb 2, 2021

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia

Job Summary

Company Description

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.


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.


As the parent of Glanbia Performance Nutrition, Glanbia Plc is a global performance nutrition and ingredients group with leading market positions in cheese, whey proteins, sports nutrition and micronutrient premixes headquartered in Kilkenny, Ireland. Glanbia Plc has over 6,900 employees in 34 countries worldwide. Its products are sold or distributed in over 130 countries. The company is organized into a number of divisions; Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN), Glanbia Nutritionals, Glanbia Ireland and also a number of joint ventures. Revenues for Glanbia plc are approximately $4.1B. For more information visit the company website at: www.glanbia.com



Job Summary

This entry-level/junior lab position will be expected to work both independently and in conjunction with their Manager 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 demonstrate the ability to juggle multiple projects through application of technical knowledge, problem solving, and appropriate planning. Applying 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

Duties and Responsibilities


% of Time Spent

• New Product Development

  • 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.
  • Organize basic sensory panels. Refines formulations until desired characteristics are achieved.
  • Oversees pilot plant experiments and scale-up manufacturing runs.
  • Observe safety procedures, protocols, and initiatives.
  • 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.
  • Apply observational skills in monitoring product stability.


• 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

  • Contribute technical perspective to 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.
  • Contributes to innovation, problem solving, and brain storming ideas in a team environment.
  • Works with key suppliers and purchasing team to stay informed of upcoming trends, novel ingredients, and new application ideas.




Decision Making/Problem Solving
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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



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Years Of Experience

Minimum Years of Experience

Maximum Years of Experience




0-4 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

  • Detail oriented, well organized and follows GMP lab factory guidelines
  • Understands and follows daily lab processes and production processes
  • Demonstrates ability for multi-tasking, attention to detail, accuracy of figures

Skills of the position

  • Strong analytical and communication skills
  • Basic lab skills (ability to accurately weigh and measure materials) and basic technical writing skills
  • Proficient mathematical abilities
  • Able to follow a process, follow a formula and flavor products
  • Strong observational skills and accurately perceives information about the situation
  • Understands Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), nutritional software and MRP/SAP  systems

Competencies for the position

  • Strong problem solving skills – uses rigor, logic, and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions
  • Robust planning skills – accurately scopes the length and difficulty of tasks, sets objectives and goals
  • Demonstrates learning on the fly – learns quickly and applies knowledge when facing new problems, open to change
  • Technical learning capability – picks up technical skills quickly
  • Cooperates and contributes to team success, displays an aptitude to be flexible and adaptable while working safely
  • Effective time management to achieve success in a fast paced “hands on” environment
  • Good flavoring skills and vocabulary to create new products and solve problems



Physical Demands
The work is classified as Light - Medium Physical Demand Level (PDL) by the US Dept. of Labor’s Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Frequencies: Occasional (1-33%); Frequent (34-66%); Constant (67-100%)

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Lifting Demands




Lift up to waist



Lift on up to shoulder



Lift on up to overhead



Carry on up to 25 feet



Carry up stairs





Lifting Demands (Manufacturing)




This job description is not intended, nor should it be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, or working conditions associated with the particular job. It is intended only to be a general description of the essential functions common to positions of this type.



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