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Flavor Producers, LLC. is currently looking for a Flavor Chemist to join its team. 

The Flavor Chemist is primarily responsible for developing initiatives for flavor business opportunities for Flavor Producers by driving the development, application, and manufacture of flavors in support of Flavor Producers business growth objectives. Expertise in the creation of a broad spectrum of flavors (including but not limited to flavor duplications/matching, new creations and modifications).

This person will play a key role in development of flavor business for Flavor Producers and will support the R&D team. They will need to be fast and able to think on their feet with a keen sense of commercial viability, organization skill and can-do attitude. They will be a key link between supporting existing business and developing future growth.

This position will ensure timely and accurate support to the R&D Group needs along with providing necessary detailed information to allow for meeting the customer's needs daily. Due to the high volume of requests and FP's customer centric culture this position requires urgency, flexibility, and responsiveness.

The Flavor Chemist will interact with Customers, Applications, Marketing, Sales Account Executives, Research and Innovation, Regulatory, Supply Chain, Product Safety & Quality, Sensory, and Manufacturing, as well as other Business Unit Groups, to achieve FP’s Business Goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Project management and processing for FP sales projects
  • Formulating appropriate flavors and revisions
  • Selecting appropriate existing profiles and standardizing formulas for lab compounding
  • Assigning projects to appropriate flavorists, applications techs, isolate engineers or emulsion engineers.
  • Communicating with the sales person concerning feasibility, timing and priority
  • Communicating with R&D personnel concerning feasibility, timing and priority
  •  Ideation of novel and flavor profiles and applications presentations
  • Creation, formulation, revision and matching of finished flavors, flavor keys and flavor ingredients
  • Meeting and working with customers during customer visits and occasional technical sales calls
  • Organoleptic analysis, opinion and direction for production quality control
  • Paneling and sensory evaluation of flavors for matching
  • Sensory evaluation of and direction for new products for possible commercialization
  • Independently work multiple projects of creative development, analysis and matching.
  • Educate and share knowledge with Junior Flavorists
  • Ability to communicate clearly with Sales and Customers
  • Intimately know flavor regulations
  • Formulate for specific regulations and label claims
  • Formulate for pricing
  • Effectively manage project timelines and expectations

Supervisory Responsibilities TBD

Competencies

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Analytical - synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data; designs work flows and procedures.
  • Design - generates creative solutions; translates concepts and information into images; uses feedback to modify designs; applies design principles; demonstrates attention to detail.
  • Problem solving - identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Project management - develops project plans; coordinates projects; communicates changes and progress; completes projects on time and budget; manages project team activities.
  • Technical skills - assesses own strengths and weaknesses; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
  • Customer service - responds promptly to customer needs; responds to requests for service and assistance; meets commitments.
  • Interpersonal skills - focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
  • Oral communication - speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; participates in meetings.
  • Written communication - writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.
  • Teamwork - balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
  • Visionary leadership - displays passion and optimism; inspires respect and trust; mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates.
  • Change management - develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
  • Delegation - delegates work assignments; matches the responsibility to the person; gives authority to work independently; sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; provides recognition for results.
  • Leadership - exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; accepts feedback from others; gives appropriate recognition to others.
  • Managing people - includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; makes self-available to staff; provides regular performance feedback; develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; fosters quality focus in others; improves processes, products and services.; continually works to improve supervisory skills.
  • Quality management - looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Business acumen - understands business implications of decisions; displays orientation to profitability; aligns work with strategic goals.
  • Cost consciousness - works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources.
  • Diversity - demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; educates others on the value of diversity; promotes a harassment-free environment; builds a diverse workforce.
  • Ethics - treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values.
  • Organizational support - follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Strategic thinking - develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; adapts strategy to changing conditions.
  • Judgment - displays willingness to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment; supports and explains reasoning for decisions; includes appropriate people in decision-making process; makes timely decisions.
  • Motivation - sets and achieves challenging goals; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; measures self against standard of excellence; takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
  • Planning/organizing - prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans.
  • Professionalism - approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.
  • Quality - demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Quantity - meets productivity standards; completes work in timely manner; strives to increase productivity; works quickly.
  • Safety and security - observes safety and security procedures; determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Adaptability - adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Attendance/punctuality - is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Dependability - follows instructions, responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals. completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Initiative - volunteers readily; undertakes self-development activities; seeks increased responsibilities; takes independent actions and calculated risks; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Innovation - displays original thinking and creativity; meets challenges with resourcefulness; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas; presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

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. A.) from four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Minimum 7 years’ experience

Fully Certified Flavorist: Required

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 apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of database software; internet software; manufacturing software; spreadsheet software and word processing software.

Other Skills and Abilities

An understanding of GC-MS and HPLC fundamentals from a theory of operation perspective. An advance sense of taste and smell and ability to describe taste/smell in a detailed manner.

Handling toxic/caustic chemicals in testing raw materials. PPE is provided in the form of lab coats, safety glasses, gloves, and respirators.

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 talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

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.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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