Jun 19, 2024

Product Development Scientist II - Desserts

  • Professional Diversity Network
  • Buffalo, NY, USA
Full-Time Research

Job Description

Rich Products Corporation

Rich's, also known as Rich Products Corporation, is a family-owned food company dedicated to inspiring possibilities. From cakes and icings to pizza, appetizers and specialty toppings, our products are used in homes, restaurants and bakeries around the world. Beyond great food, our customers also gain insights to help them stay competitive, no matter their size. Our portfolio includes creative solutions geared at helping food industry professionals compete in foodservice, retail, in-store bakery, deli, and prepared foods, among others. Working in 100 locations globally, with annual sales exceeding $4billion, Rich's is a global leader with a focus on everything that family makes possible. Rich's-Infinite Possibilities. One Family.

Purpose Statement

The role of the Product Development Scientist 2 will be instrumental in planning and organizing routine, as well as non-routine research, development activities and assist in improving the quality of existing products. This role will also be key in working on innovation of new products and processes. This role will work in our desserts product category, and is based in Buffalo, NY.

Key Accountabilities and Outcomes

New Product Development/Product Improvements/Cost reductions
* Prepares prototype and line extension products using research lab, pilot lab, manufacturing facilities and equipment, as required. Typical project assignments involve small product line extensions and iterative new products (e.g. modifying a customized product formula to create a new product).
* Plans, organizes and completes projects of modest scope or are a segment of a larger project. Selects and/or develops appropriate methods for conducting projects and assists in designing experiments.
* Interfaces frequently with various internal departments (i.e. Marketing, Purchasing, Engineering) and customers in accomplishing project milestones.
* Selects and evaluates raw materials for experiments
* Sets-up, operates and maintains research lab equipment.
* Works with outside labs, universities, ingredient suppliers and lab equipment vendors as needed by project activity
* Designs and conducts complex shelf life and storage studies, including product and package performance under various conditions and makes recommendations for appropriate adjustments in product and/or package as required.
* Designs and conducts storage studies, including product and package performance under various conditions
* Performs complex measurements and statistical analysis.

Technical Support
* Presents results of complex experiments and recommendations to various groups, both internally and externally.
* Orders materials for producing and evaluating complex prototypes
* Develops solutions to a variety of technical problems of moderate scope and complexity by applying extensive technical knowledge and experience.

* Maintains accurate, up to date records, laboratory notebooks and computer database
* Prepare and document all plant validation trials according to department protocol.
* Ensures the work environment is sanitary, safe, and orderly.
* Maintains a sanitary, safe and orderly work environment

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

* Bachelor's Degree in Food Science, Food Engineering or related field with 2+ years product development related experience in food preparation/food industry; M.S.in Food Science, Food Engineering, or related field
* Experience in applying advanced mathematics (i.e. statistics) and their practical application required
* Broad understanding of food science (e.g. biochemistry, microbiology, nutrition, etc.) acquired through both lecture and laboratory work
* Demonstrated ability to apply technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques
* Solid verbal and written communication skills and presentation skills; with all levels within an organization
* Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced environment
* Solid PC proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 including Word and PowerPoint; intermediate to advanced proficiency level in Excel and database, statistical software (spreadsheets, computer analysis; report writing). Proficient with relevant software tools (e.g. PLM, etc.) a plus
* Ability to use presentation and project management software beneficial.
Physical requirements:
Lift up to 50 lbs.
Stand for 6 or more hours during the work day
Ability to compare and distinguish differences in ingredients, materials, etc. through taste, smell, touch and visual inspection
Manual dexterity required to operate various equipment such as scales, balances, etc.
Travel up to 25% (Under special circumstances (e.g. plant start-ups) may be away from the Home Office for an extended duration)




In accordance with state law, the rate or range provided is Rich Products Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates ("Rich's"), reasonable estimate of the base compensation for this role. The actual amount may be higher or lower, based on non-discriminatory factors such as experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, shift differential, and location.

Annual Range/Hourly Rate


Rich Products Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates ("Rich's"), are committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local law. The information collected by this application is solely to determine suitability for employment, verify identity, and maintain employment statistics on applicants.

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on Rich's. Please contact Rich's Human Resources department at [email protected] if you need assistance completing this application or to otherwise participate in the application process.


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