Product and Process Development Scientist

Red Collar Pet Foods, Inc.
March 14, 2020
Franklin, TN
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Job Location:: Franklin, TN - Franklin, TN

Red Collar Pet Foods is looking for a Product and Process Development Scientist to join our exciting new pet food business at our headquarters in Franklin, TN. Who is Red Collar? We are pet people, and to us pets are family. We believe that they deserve good food made with wholesome and balanced nutrition in every bag and bowl. It is our commitment to quality ingredients and manufacturing exclusively in the U.S. which makes us all proud of our company and the pets we ultimately feed.

Purpose of Role

Technically lead process, product and recipe development for new and innovative products and for line extensions for Red Collar Pet Foods, Inc. To be the center of expertise in the area and provide technical training for relevant supporting teams.

Principal Accountabilities

Product Development

  • Lead the translation of consumer insights into holistic concepts
  • Use appropriate tools to facilitate concept and prototype evaluation (creation and presentation)
  • Create and aligns product design briefs with project team (including internal and external customers)
  • Accomplish the objectives agreed with the line manager and listed in Personal Development Plan
  • Develop understanding of pet food consumer insights, local market activities and global food/pet food trends
  • Build contacts with external design agencies and institutes, equipment and raw material suppliers and apply consumer understanding techniques
  • Keep up to date on new developments in the relevant knowledge areas such as human food trends, new raw materials, and animal nutrition research
  • Create and maintain personal ties with scientific and technical communities to enhance current knowledge base
  • Design, execute, analyze and review concepts with appropriate tools; Collaborate with both internal (R&D, Supply, Sales, Engineering, and Procurement as appropriate) and external to develop products from concept to validation of final holistic product/packaging design
  • Provide recipe design and product specifications and own knowledge transfer to Quality, Site R&D, and Manufacturing Supply
  • Support R&D packaging group for packaging innovation and continuous improvement activities; Provide product and ingredient expertise to new process development opportunities/needs, and support as necessary
  • Provide technical training and knowledge transfer and Communicate latest technical developments within relevant segment to Red Collar team
  • Follow corporate guidelines for pet food labeling in developing new products and reviewing existing products; Collaborate with Sales to create maximum value marketing language within the constraints of the guidelines

Process Development

  • Initiate test plan development, experimental setup, test execution and data analysis to quantify key process parameters and fundamental mechanisms
  • Deliver scalable process specifications collaboratively developed with Product Development and Supply Engineering to achieve exceptional product attribute targets and ensure superior product quality and food safety
  • Identify and evaluate innovative processing options based on product attribute requirements including evaluation based on technical and economic feasibility
  • Provide technical support to Quality and Supply on new or existing processes
  • Work as part of the engineering team to assist in the management of scale-up risk and introduction of technology into supply chain

Key Functional Skills/Knowledge

Price of Admission:

  • Food science / food chemistry
  • Food safety and hygiene regulations
  • Experimental design.
  • Understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Product development from bench top to production
  • Coordinating and leading cross-functional activities
  • Strong engineering fundamentals and familiarity with experimental design and statistical data analysis
  • Working knowledge of process development and industry best practices, packaging science, consumer needs/trends, and potential relevant technologies
  • Ability to use Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, experimental design software, and understand engineering drawings (e.g. AutoCAD)
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Presentations and messaging
  • Delivers Consistent Results, Creates Collaborative Relationships, Action Oriented, Organizational Agility, Priority Setting, Customer Focus, Peer Relationships, Motivating Others
  • Managing Vision and Purpose


  • Pet food technology - directly applicable technologies such as extrusion or formed meat pieces
  • Pet Food / Feed industry raw materials
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Sensory evaluation, Consumer research, Pet food/feed Formulation


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Degree in Food Science, Food Engineering, or a related field
  • Three (3) years of experience in new product and process development in food manufacturing
  • Prior experience must include statistical analysis and design of experiments, as well as knowledge of food ingredients functionality
  • Up to 40% travel required
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Preferred Qualications:

  • Graduate degree preferred

Red Collar Pet Foods is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request


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