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R&D Specialist

Company: Nissin Foods
Location: Gardena
Posted on: November 12, 2021

Job Description:

The R&D Specialist position encompasses a critical support role by managing and executing the product development and production activities. This area of responsibility are required to successfully produce R&D package product samples for both internal and external customers.Essential Functions- Job Duties: The following duties are considered essential to the job. Qualified individuals must have the ability - with or without reasonable accommodation - to perform the following duties but not limited to:Under R&D Manager's supervision and/or consultation with R&D Sr. Specialist:1. Understand variety of cuisines and be able to explain, analyze and formulate soup, in both creative and traditional fashion. Benchmark with other companies' products.2. Perform activities relevant to the product development process, which may include but not limited to conceptualization, formulation and prototype evaluation, optimization and standardization, cost calculation, commercial translation and product launch.3. Select new materials and negotiate prices for new materials and current materials, updating material list or vendors as needed with the goal of reducing the cost of the current materials.4. Design and test products to ensure shelf life stability and all aspects of product (flavor, color and texture, nutritional content etc.).5. Conduct variety of applicable tests and analyses on products to determine inherent properties and present analysis of results to the department for further product development and improvement.6. Research consumer awareness or trends, relating to product development (including legal issues). Execution of research on consumer taste preference through validation internally and/or externally.7. Collaborate with process engineers, plant management, marketing specialists and external customers in order insure projects remain on schedule and within budget.8. Conduct production trials to ensure successful launch of new and revised products.9. Monitor production to confirm plant capability and conformance to design criteria and train plant operation.10. Understand general requirements of laws and regulations related to but not limited to food labeling and food additives.11. Report and present oral and written updates including product demonstrations to team and customers.12. Prepare all necessary document such as, but not limited to, test report, Standard Formulation, Standard Process, any other necessary standard/process in commercialization and ensuring food safety.13. Manage materials (including the purchase and shipping of lab apparatus) and supply inventory.14. Other job duties as assigned.Supervisory Responsibilities: This job has no supervisory responsibilities.Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Education and/or Experience: Bachelor's degree (B.S.) or equivalent combination of education and experience. B.S. degree in nutrition, food science, or food technology is preferred. Minimum of 2 years related experience in Research and Development or related field.Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.Mathematical Skills: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to define and to compartmentalize problems, causes, variables, actions taken.Computer Skills: proficient in Microsoft Office with emphasis on Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Teams and Outlook, ERP System,Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.About UsSince Nissin's entry into the US in the 1970's, our flagship brands, Cup Noodles and Top Ramen have held a fond place in US pop culture even before ramen became the trendy dish it is today. It started in post-World War II Japan amidst dire food shortages and inspired our founder, Momofuku Ando, to invent instant ramen in 1958. In order to continue this legacy of innovation, we're looking for noodle lovers who have a passion to disregard the status quo, seek continuous growth and love being part of something special.We want to cultivate a company culture that keeps people excited about our mission and thoroughly engaged.Place the right people in the right positions and provide the resources to help them in their current positions while setting them up for success to grow into future roles.Offer competitive pay and benefits since we want everyone to work to live (and not the other way around).We invite you to join in our mission to evolve how people think about instant ramen, expand its appeal and be a part of this $4 billion global company that was built from a simple block of noodles.Nissin Foods (USA) Co., Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, contact a Nissin Foods (USA) Co., Inc. Human Resources Representative. PI150863957

Keywords: Nissin Foods, Gardena , R&D Specialist, Other , Gardena, California

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