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Technologist II, Food

Date: Apr 21, 2021

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia

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 mid-level lab position will be expected to work both independently and in conjunction with their Manager and other Food Technologists on the development of powder, bar, ready-to-drink (etc…) projects from concept through execution. Successful candidates must demonstrate a proven track record in the development and execution of bringing new concepts to market. 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. 


Reports to the New Product Development (NPD) Manager.


Duties and Responsibilities

New Product Development

  • Formulate and Develop foods and supplements including: powdered and RTD beverages, capsule, and tablets. Includes: formulation, validating ingredient and ingredient vendors, preliminary costing and preparing nutritional/supplement panels.
  • Create and flavor prototypes.
  • Organizes sensory panels. Refines formulations until desired characteristics are achieved.
  • Oversees 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


  • 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 forms 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.
  • Contributes to innovation, trouble shooting, and brain storming ideas in a team environment.
  • Works with key suppliers to keep abreast of upcoming trends, novel ingredients, and new application ideas.




Education Requirements


Bachelors of Science in Food Science, Nutrition, or related field




Years Of Experience


3-6 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

  • Knowledge and development history of powdered beverages is essential
  • Knowledge and application of sweet systems is essential
  • Development experience in one of the aforementioned formats (Tabs/Caps, RTD, RTE, etc…) is a must
  • Understands daily lab processes and production processes

Skills of the position

  • Detail oriented, well organized, and follows GMP lab and factory guidelines
  • Strong analytical and communication skills
  • Ability to train others on standard procedures
  • Working knowledge of  MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), nutritional software, and SAP

Competencies for the position

  • Demonstrates Self Development –personally committed to continuously improvement of self
  • Displays Priority Setting – spends time on what’s important
  • Exhibits Composure: Handles stress well and calm under pressure.  Does not become irritated, disrespectful or rude during difficult times
  • Possess Interpersonal Savvy –builds constructive and effective relationships. Uses diplomacy and tact.
  • Comfortable mentoring and influencing others
  • Ability to make decisions in a timely manner
  • Works well in a fast paced “hands on” environment
  • Prior development and knowledge of dietary supplements is an advantage



Nearest Major Market: Chicago