KIND Food Scientist, Product Development in New York, New York
Who are we?Since 2004, KIND has been on a mission to create a kinder and healthier world - one snack and one act at a time. Its iconic KIND© bars - made with real, recognizable ingredients - sparked the growth of an entirely new healthy snacking category. Today, KIND has a family of more than 80 snacks that offer solutions for a variety of occasions. All of KIND's products lead with a nutrient-dense first ingredient - whole nuts, whole grains or whole fruit - and do not contain genetically engineered ingredients, sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners.
Inspired by the belief that acts of kindness can be a transformative force for good, both the KIND brand and The KIND Foundation seek to inspire kindness and empathy.
We're looking for passionate collaborators to help us become the foremost leader in health & wellness and positively impact society along the way. If you're looking to be a part of an inspiring, energetic and entrepreneurial environment, you’ve found the right place.
What you’ll do…
Reporting within KIND’s Product Development team, the Food Scientist role is responsible for executing Product Development initiatives to further enhance KIND’s portfolio of healthy snacks. And here’s how you’ll do it…
Responsible for prototyping, formulation, pilot production and scale-up to plant implementation of innovation & renovation projects.
Technical lead responsible for product development and product optimization, working in collaboration with project managers & the cross functional teams (following stage gate methodology).
Provide technical support to manufacturing and quality for commissioning of innovation and renovation projects.
Leverage R&D resources at manufacturing facilities to increase technical capabilities for product/process improvement initiatives.
Develop ingredient and formulation trial plans.
Conduct trials, data collection and interpret results to drive program/project and technical knowledge forward, develop robust action plans, risk assessment and contingency planning.
Possess strong product development skills in ingredient functionality, material selection and formulation to understand effects on finished product performance.
Ensure compliance to internal and external policies, quality standards and legal requirements.
Provides support in building technical expertise and maintain community of best practice to technical colleagues.
Possess technical leadership to execute time sensitive programs, including new product line trials, alternate line qualifications and supplier/ingredient qualifications.
What you’ll bring to KIND
Sense of urgency and can-do attitude
A partnership and relationship-based approach in working with internal and external business
A willingness to challenge our “way of work” to maximize our resources and enhance our success
Strong analytical skills
Always presenting a we not me attitude.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Familiarity with problem solving tools including root cause analysis, flowcharts, and fishbone diagrams
A relationship builder, excited by the opportunity to partner with team members cross-functionally.
A strategic thinker and approach business initiatives with an entrepreneurial spirit.
Ability to communicate effectively with staff at all levels of the organization.
Excellent at planning and prioritization skills with the ability to multi-task and adapt.
Able to influence, facilitate groups with diverse perspectives and bring teams to consensus / alignment.
Able to work in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment and maintain a positive outlook.
Able to demonstrate prudent judgment when making important decisions by utilizing knowledge of industry best practices and current trends.
Able to maintain direction and focus by leveraging organizational abilities and proactive planning.
A collaborator and can reach mutually agreeable outcomes and resolve potential conflicts.
Genuine in your desire to help make the world a kinder place, committing to always spreading and celebrating kindness.
A BS or MS degree in Food Science or Chemical Engineering.
At least 4 years of relevant concept to launch experience in a Corporate R&D setting.
At least 6 years of relevant experience in formulation, start-up & continuous improvement projects.
Ability to build strong trusted working relationships and rapport at all levels & demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
Strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
Are familiar with the activities in Marketing, Market Research, Legal/Regulatory, QA and Manufacturing.
Proficient in Microsoft Office; MS Project a plus.
Ability to travel up to 35%.
What KIND offers
Competitive salary, including a target bonus and an impressive benefits package!
Flexible Paid Time Off. Choose what works best for you, including summer hours
Excellent health, dental & vision insurance, with options to fit you & your family’s needs
Your health is important! Our wellness strategy focuses on mental and physical wellbeing through in office programs like Drs, Nutritionists, Mindfulness, Chair Massages & others
Casual office dress code- feel free to wear your KIND gear
Stock up on your favorite KIND bars to share with your family & friends, through a quarterly voucher
Training & tuition reimbursement program, because continuing to learn matters and we support your development
A dynamic, ambitious, fun and KIND work environment
The opportunity and responsibility to be KIND everyday
EEO At KIND, we are committed to an inclusive workplace where diversity in all its forms is championed. KIND is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and we are an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you require special accommodation, please let us know.
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