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R&D Cheese Scientist I

Date: Nov 20, 2020

Location: Twin Falls, ID, ID, US, 88301

Company: Glanbia

Cheese Research and Development Scientist I

Supervisor’s Title:           R&D Manager

Department:                     Cheese Research and Development

Exempt Status:                Exempt


At Glanbia Nutritionals Inc., our portfolio centers around dairy and non-dairy nutritional ingredients. We co-innovate and deliver ingredient solutions and precision premixes for use in the mainstream food and beverage, infant and clinical, and functional nutrition markets. We are the number one provider of whey-based nutritional ingredients globally and the number one producer of American-style cheddar cheese. Our protein systems have transformed the bar and beverage categories — bringing increased levels of protein, cleaner labels and greater product functionality to market. We have a direct presence in 21 countries, with manufacturing facilities in the US, Germany and China, and international sales and technical offices around the world.


Job Summary

Our R&D scientists develop and execute projects related to the on-going advancement of value added products. They do so by developing new products and processing technologies that provide a competitive edge.  Scientists will also work cross-functionally to support the operations project manager transition this new product and processes into actual production settings. This end-to-end project work drives future growth of the business.


Essential Functions


  • Coordinate and execute commercialization trials in production plant facilities.
  • Ability to work with universities, and the food processing industry to develop new products and processes related to cheese production.
  • Develop and conduct research projects in the Cheese Innovation Center (CIC).
  • Develop and apply new theories to Glanbia products/processes, applications to create advanced, innovative new products and processes that drive competitive advantage and market leadership for Glanbia.
  • Prepare reports concerning the results of laboratory tests or product development trials including next steps and impact on key business initiatives.
  • Collect, read, compile, utilize and synthesize ideas and methods from existing literature, experts, files and publications.
  • Ability to work with Sales and Marketing to provide technical assistance for product development and support marketing platforms or products.
  • Ability to work with key equipment vendors for developing new technology that will enhance product performance or process efficiencies.
  • Provide technical information to quality assurance and sales by providing accurate information related to cheese nutrition and associated labelling guidelines.
  • Utilize Lean Manufacturing processes when working in the pilot plant .

Additional Functions

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  •  Masters degree in Food Science is preferred, OR a Bachelor of Science (food Science) with 3 years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with pilot plant operations and management.
  • Familiarity with key vendors who provide functional ingredients and processing equipment used within the food processing industry.


  • Statistical experimental design.  Ability to design and efficiently execute multiple projects in a research and pilot plant environment.
  • Demonstrated experience with dairy processing and a pilot plant research.
  • Developed presentation and scientific writing skills.
  • Ability to interact with Universities to keep abreast of advancing technologies related to cheese production.


Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to reach/handle items, works with the fingers, and perceive attributes of objects and materials.
  • Involves moderate physical activity performing non-strenuous daily activities of a primarily administrative nature.
  • Should be able to identify and distinguish colors, see clearly at 20 inches or closer and 20 feet or more, observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point, judge distances and spatial relationships, and adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus.


Typical Environmental Conditions

  • May be exposed to moderate noise levels (i.e. office equipment, light traffic).
  • May be exposed to loud noise levels (i.e. manufacturing equipment).
  • May be exposed to humidity, intense heat, and fumes and toxic chemicals.
  • May be exposed to fumes and toxic chemicals, and disagreeable odors.

Travel Requirements

    • Minimal overnight travel (up to 10%) by land and/or air.


Must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing significant safety threat to self or others.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.


Are you someone who likes to make it happen, make it better and make it fun? If so, our company offers you an excellent opportunity to do really interesting work and develop a career in a dynamic and innovative environment that is all about making you and our business successful.

Nearest Major Market: Albuquerque