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NESTLE PURINA PETCARE COMPANY Product Specialist I/II (Treats) in Saint Louis, Missouri

Product Specialist I/II (Treats)Job DescriptionNestle Purina is a leader in the pet care industry, which means we're not only ahead in volume, profit and market share, we're at the forefront of innovative product development. Creating food for cats and dogs that heals joint pain and enhances cognitive function is a small 'taste' of what the faces behind our formulas are working on every day.Our Product Specialists bring ideas to life. As part of the Technical Services group, they create the flavors, shapes and textures often innovated in marketing and so enjoyed by pets. In this role, you'll handle various intermediate-term products, engineering processes and packaging solutions for the business, as well as provide technical support to manufacturing operations. You'll leverage your sharp science background and food formulation experience to be able to effectively qualify new raw materials and suppliers. You will manage product formulas using the Nestle PURINA formulations system with appropriate ingredient, nutritional, regulatory and analytical requirements. You'll identify and lead performance, waste reduction and quality improvement projects to help us remain a leader on the shelf. Buckle up, because you can expect to work on fast-paced, multi-functional teams focused on taking new products from conception to market. So, if your full potential could be unleashed, what would you add to the 'mix'?Please note: This position will require 50-60% domestic travel to Nestle Purina factory locations and co-manufacturers.PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:Manage development, scale up and implementation of new and existing technologies to improve the performance of existing products and develop new products.Manage product formulas using the NPPC formulation system with the appropriate ingredient, nutritional, regulatory, and analytical requirements. Also includes issuing to manufacturing plant, and maintaining as needed.Coordinates qualification of new raw materials and/or suppliers and act as ingredient lead for all assigned ingredients/raw materials which includes understanding raw material and manufacturing process and impact on NPPC finished productsAct as technical resource for Marketing to develop a robust pipeline of product development opportunities, which includes developing technical project plans and timelines for all assigned projectsProvides technical expertise within "discipline" to PTC, Legal, Regulatory, Consumer Marketing, Purchasing, Q.A., CDG, HR, Plants, US Management, and other groups as it relates to business unit objectives.Collaboratively and proactively keeps management and key team project members apprised of issues, risks, timing, and contingencies relevant to technical and business success.Proactively monitors and provides product maintenance for assigned product responsibilities requiring standardized scientific procedures.Uses standard guidelines and capability studies to develop products in conjunction with factory systems, Quality Assurance and Marketing to link product performance and specifications.Works closely with the factory and quality to establish new product, ingredient and process specificationsUnderstands and effectively uses NPPC systems and tools required for scheduling activity and tests, collecting and analyzing data, and completing and disseminating accurate reports.Explores innovative application of pet food product/process possibilities based on current state of art in the area of food technology.Initiates and implements cost reduction ideas for assigned product lines and factories.BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Product Specialist I: Bachelor's degree in Meat/Food/Bakery/Grain Science or a scientific discipline and 1 years of product development (food), formulation and scale-up experience OR MS/PhD with no experience necessary.Product Specialist II:Bachelor's degree in Meat/Food/Bakery/Grain Science or a scientific discipline with 4 years of (food) product development, formulation and scale-up experienc