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Product Development Scientist - Innovation

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Date: Nov 30, 2022

Location: St. Charles, MO -Missouri, US, 63304

Company: Bunge


Manages, leads and executes small and medium size projects within global and/or reginal Innovation from idea generation through proof of concept to commercialization while creating new products, processes or operating procedures that lead to competitive advantage for Bunge Food Solutions. The incumbent has a major impact on the technical organization and provides high impact support to project teams. When needed works with Marketing, Sales, Procurement, vendors, co-manufacturers, consulting firms, universities, research organizations, and raw material and equipment suppliers. Manages and leads multiple regional and global innovation projects working with NA, EMEA and global teams within Bunge Food Solutions


Essential Functions:

  • Assuming the role of innovator, project leader and technical problem solver teaming with cross-functional partners including other scientists, Quality, Regulatory, Product Management, Marketing, Sales, Engineering, Operations, Procurement and Supply Chain.
  • Developing, managing, organizing, and coordinating projects while increasing level of understanding of products, processes and methods.
  • Being actively involved in innovation/customer solutions including process development, product formulation, design of unique unit operations and plant start-ups.
  • Participates in Market Research when possible. Develop prototypes corresponding to top scoring ideas in order to define food objectives for customer development.
  • Fully documents all project formulas and testing results and inputs customer test formulas and official formulas into formulation system.
  • Ensures that formula undergoes evaluation prior to customer testing. Works with commercial team to determine ingredient availability/cost information.
  • Determines critical ingredient specification parameters and communicate these to Quality and Regulatory. For new ingredients works with Regulatory and Quality to ensure sufficient information flow. Ensures ingredient approved prior to customer testing.
  • Schedules equipment and provide test plan to the pilot plant operations team for all scale-up and testing.
  • Works with Quality and Regulatory to identify potential allergen and safety issues. Ensures these are communicated as early as possible to the team. Also confirms that nutritional requirements testing. Ensures adequate raw materials, resources, and timing for pilot plant testing are met.
  • Sets up appropriate shelf life and sensory testing plans in accordance with the distribution and customer requirements of the product.
  • Works with Engineering to understand and define process needs and capabilities as they relate to the targeted production line. Provides tentative formula and processing parameters to plant engineering teams to support the development of the CAPEX package. Engineer in identifying issues and making preparations for plant testing.
  • Leads plant testing and startup preparation. Converts development formulations to production formulas. Writes and issues plant test/start-up plans and effectively communicates verbally and in writing to stakeholders as appropriate. Executing the startup plan, addressing start-up issues, and participating in general startup activity. Attends and support daily team meetings and food and ingredient reviews during production startup
  • Submits test samples for chemistry analysis to generate nutrition labeling information and provides input to Regulatory to generate nutritional information to ensure product labels are correct.
  • Works with Packaging support personnel to coordinate testing as it relates to packaging material/food interactions, pack fit, and distribution.
  • Assists Quality and Operations in establishing the Quality parameters, specifications and supporting process documentation.
  • Works with cross functional teams to refine/optimize the process, reduce cost of goods, and resolve quality issues.
  • Makes recommendations on and develop new products and processes with minimal supervision. 
  • Often incorporates technology from other disciplines in the development of new products.
  • Maintains basic understanding of industry trends, competitor technologies, and regulatory issues.
  • Reviews and critically assesses market research trends and provides recommendations on customer requests.


Skills/Experience Requirements:

  • Position requires Bachelor of Science degree in science or related field with 5 years of related experience or a Master of Science degree in Food Science or related field with 3-4 years of experience, or a PhD degree in Food Science or related field with 1-2 years of related experience.
  • The incumbent must possess leadership, cost consciousness, communication skills, and diplomacy that will promote good relations with all facets and other technical and scientific disciplines in the effective execution of projects to accomplish Corporate and Area objectives and demanding schedules.
  • This individual must be able to function effectively as a Project Manager, Planner, Coordinator, Communicator and Technical Expert for EMEA, North America and Global Innovation Projects.
  • Lipid science and technical knowledge of fats & oils.
  • Hands-on experiences and executing work with fat & oil, protein in plant-based applications will be plus.
  • Creative, innovative and open-minded thinker for new ideas and new product development.



Bunge (NYSE: BG) is a world leader in sourcing, processing and supplying oilseed and grain products and ingredients. Founded in 1818, Bunge’s expansive network feeds and fuels a growing world, creating sustainable products and opportunities for more than 70,000 farmers and the consumers they serve across the globe. The company is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and has 25,000 employees worldwide who stand behind more than 350 port terminals, oilseed processing plants, grain facilities, and food and ingredient production and packaging facilities around the world.


Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or military or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.  Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

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