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R&D Scientist - Film

Company: Glanbia PLC
Location: West Haven
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

Research and Development Scientist - Films

Supervisor's Title: Director of Research and Development

Department: Edible Films & Glitter Research and Development

Exempt Status: Salaried

At Glanbia Nutritionals Inc., our portfolio centers on dairy and non-dairy nutritional ingredients. We co-innovate and deliver ingredient solutions and precision premixes for use in the mainstream food and beverage, infant and clinical, and functional nutrition markets. We are the number one provider of whey-based nutritional ingredients globally and the number one producer of American-style cheddar cheese. Our protein systems have transformed the bar and beverage categories - bringing increased levels of protein, cleaner labels and greater product functionality to market. We have a direct presence in 21 countries, with manufacturing facilities in the US, Germany and China, and international sales and technical offices around the world.

Job Summary

Work with key customers and equipment suppliers in the field to understand needs for developing solutions that advance edible glitter into a wider range of food products including baked good, bars, cereal, ice cream etc. Support the transition of edible glitter products into actual production settings working with customers and equipment supplier to develop solutions as needed. Work with R&D formulation technicians to provide input for developing new products that can work in wider ranges of products. Provide technical and lab support in the development of new edible glitter and films products.

Essential Functions

  • Coordinate and execute commercialization trials in production plant facilities.
  • Ability to work with equipment suppliers in researching and developing engineering solutions for application systems that can deliver edible glitter into a wider array of full-scale food production facilities.
  • Ability to work with universities and the food processing industry to research develop new products and processes related to edible films and glitter production and applications.
  • Develop and support research projects for continuous product improvements in conjunction with formulation technicians.
  • Develop and apply new theories to Glanbia products/processes, applications to create advanced, innovative new products and processes that drive competitive advantage and market leadership for Glanbia.
  • Prepare reports concerning the results of laboratory tests or product development trials including next steps and impact on key business initiatives.
  • Collect, read, compile, utilize and synthesize ideas and methods from existing literature, experts, files and publications.
  • Ability to work with PSM and Sales to provide technical assistance for product development and support marketing platforms or products.
  • Works with design groups to modify plans as appropriate if problems arise.
  • Prepares monthly reports, detailing progress for management updates.

Additional Functions

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master's degree in food science, food engineering or related field, or a Bachelor of Science with 3-5 years' experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to develop relationships with key vendors and co-manufactures who provide functional ingredients and processing equipment used within the food processing industry.
  • Statistical experimental design. Ability to design and efficiently execute multiple projects in research and production plant environments.
  • Demonstrated experience with food equipment processing and in food production plants.
  • Developed presentation and scientific writing skills.
  • Ability to interact with Universities to keep abreast of advancing technologies related to food production and food engineering.

Typical Physical Activity

Physical Demands

  • Regularly involves talking or listening, sitting, and the use of hands and fingers.
  • Frequently involves reaching with hands and arms, standing and walking.
  • Occasionally involves crouching, stooping, kneeling and/or climbing or balancing.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to reach/handle items, works with the fingers, and perceive attributes of objects and materials.
  • Involves moderate physical activity performing non-strenuous daily activities of a primarily administrative nature.
  • Should be able to identify and distinguish colors, see clearly at 20 inches or closer and 20 feet or more, observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point, judge distances and spatial relationships, and adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus.

Typical Environmental Conditions

  • May be exposed to moderate noise levels (i.e. office equipment, light traffic).
  • May be exposed to loud noise levels (i.e. manufacturing equipment).
  • May be exposed to humidity, intense heat, and fumes and toxic chemicals.
  • May be exposed to fumes and toxic chemicals, and disagreeable odors.

Travel Requirements

  • Minimal overnight travel (up to 25%) by land and/or air.


Must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing significant safety threat to self or others. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.

Nearest Major Market: New Haven

Nearest Secondary Market: Hartford

Keywords: Glanbia PLC, West Haven , R&D Scientist - Film, Other , West Haven, Connecticut

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