Join Jack Link's as a Senior Meat Scientist! As the global leader in snacking and the No. 1 meat snack manufacturer worldwide, these roles are are at the heart of our company! From concept to commercialization to optimization, our Sr. Meat Scientists are critical drivers of technical development work at Jack Link’s. In this highly-collaborative and technical role, you will work closely with operations, food safety & quality (FSQ), business management, marketing, sales, consumer insights, procurement and across R&D. Additionally, you will leverage your technical expertise to identify areas of opportunity, to leverage expertise to resolve technical challenges, assist the success of other’s projects via providing input on potential solutions to resolve their challenges, and lead projects to ultimately help the company achieve its growth objectives.
Specifically, you will:
Support issue resolution by providing technical assistance to our facilities, across R&D, and the broader organization as it pertains to their projects.
Provide technical support through close partnership with Operations and Quality in determining root cause and finding solutions for problems in food products such as sensory, quality, or consistency issues.
Participate on cross-functional teams to identify areas of opportunity in cost reduction, yield improvement, and formulation/process improvement and efficiencies.
Lead development of technical plans and project timelines as it pertains to their projects which could include maintenance, renovation, innovation, or cost savings initiatives.
Design and execute appropriate testing methodologies to validate changes to raw materials, formulations, and process. Coordinate testing plans with food safety, regulatory, quality and operations. Generate written reports, interpret results, and make next step recommendations.
Document and maintain product and processing specifications
Explore alternative approaches to deliver higher margin new product opportunities to market more quickly and opportunities to expand the margins on existing products.
Identify ingredients, technology, platforms and processes that support assigned projects and ongoing issues that are in line with consumer trends as prioritized by the business.
Develop products and formulations to meet Jack Link’s business objectives: bench-top prototypes and manufacturing processes, identify ingredients, document product specifications, scale-up products into manufacturing setting, and coordinate product analysis (sensory, nutritional, challenge studies, consumer insights etc.) as needed
Demonstrate collaboration by supporting other R&D team members success via providing ideas for exploration when they identify technical challenging issues
Champion quality adherence
Bachelor or Master of Science in Meat Science or related field. Or in lieu of a degree, 6+ years of experience in R&D focused on meat or meat products
5+ years of experience in R&D at a CPG or 2+ years of experience in R&D at a CPG plus Master’s or PhD in Meat Science
Experience with meat and/or products containing meat
Smokehouse experience including natural and atomized smoke applications
Experience in the shelf stable meat snack industry
Knowledge of food manufacturing regulations, standards and labeling, plant sanitation, microbiology and SPC
Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Understanding of USDA regulations
Demonstrated success in new product development
Proficient in data analysis and experimental design
Understanding of food processing, food safety, and food regulations and consumer insights
Must be able to communicate effectively with various manufacturing and other functional groups
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Must work effectively with all levels of management and employees
Comfortable in a fast paced, changing environment
Must be flexible and able to work well in both individual and team environments
Must demonstrate effective leadership, problem solving, presentation, and employee motivational skills.
Proficient in Internet navigation, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
When it comes to being wild, we know a thing or two. We’re not afraid of trying something new or the hard work it takes to make it happen. It’s in our DNA. We’ve turned a family recipe into a new snacking category. And the wilderness into the world’s largest meat snack business, that’s still proudly family owned and operated.
We’re a company built by innovators, and are driven to not only satisfy your hunger, but to also feed your journey – whether that journey is on the road, on the run, at the campground, at the playground, in the office or in the moment. It’s a journey we share with you. It’s the journey forward of our people, of our communities, of our category…with a reverence for quality and an irreverence for the status quo.
At Jack Link’s Protein Snacks, we see every moment of every day as an opportunity to move forward, to forge new ground. To realize our vision of becoming the World’s #1 Protein Snack Company. We never give up. You never give up. Together, we keep going. Are you wild enough to join us?
Jack Link’s Protein Snacks is a global leader in snacking and the No. 1 meat snack manufacturer worldwide. Family-owned and operated with headquarters in Minong, W...isconsin, Jack Link’s Protein Snacks also has a large corporate hub in Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The company is made up of over 4,000 passionate team members, across 11 countries, who share an uncompromising commitment to delivering awesome products and feeding the journey of those who move things forward. The Jack Link’s Protein Snacks portfolio of brands includes, Jack Link’s, Lorissa’s Kitchen, MATADOR Jerky, BiFi and Peperami.