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Now Hiring: Flavorist at National Flavors

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National Flavors is currently hiring a flavorist for its Kalamazoo, MI location.

Essential Job Functions

  • Creation of sweet flavor formulations.
  • Create reverse engineered/duplications of flavors.
  • Conducts laboratory experiments as well as designs the processes for making products with a consistent flavor, color and texture in large quantities.
  • Utilizes laboratory equipment and instruments while communicating any equipment issues to Chief Flavor Chemist that he/she is unable to troubleshoot when needed.
  • Runs samples on GC-MS equipment, including sample prep and analysis of results.
  • Evaluates raw materials and works with team to qualify new suppliers for use in existing flavor concentrates including any necessary changes to maintain consistent year-to-year flavor targets and developing keys for ease of manufacturing.
  • Maintain and update database of flavors and associated documentation.
  • Maintains extensive knowledge of flavor ingredients including the key attributes of flavor subcomponents and their contributions to a flavor profile.
  • Must keep up to date with new raw material developments, approvals and their use.
  • Maintains a high level of understanding regarding testing and analytical equipment pertaining to flavors.
  • Keep attuned to flavor trends in order to develop flavor profiles relevant to customer needs and expanding company product lines.
  • Collaborates with other R&D team members to develop new flavors that match targeted consumer preferences for taste, nutrition, and refreshment.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks, participating in professional organizations.
  • Follows safety, quality and GMP policies.
  • Collaborates with multi-disciplinary team members.

Minimum requirements

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or other applied science. Full certification with the Society of Flavor Chemists is desired, however in process of certification over 3 years in training will be required.

Work Experience: 3 years of flavor creation expertise.

Industry Knowledge: Knowledge of organic chemistry, principles of food science and good laboratory practices preferred.

Personality and communication (soft skills):

  • Must possess strong work ethic, high character and be passionate about serving others.
  • Ability to work accurately, quickly and with good laboratory practices required.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and support multiple projects as necessary.
  • Must possess a positive attitude, be engaging and a team player, and be able to communicate thoughts and ideas effectively with good written and verbal communication skills.

Hard skills:

  • Must maintain good standing in the SFC (Society of Flavor Chemists).
  • Computer literacy required with proficiency in Microsoft Office products including Excel and Word, in addition to having ability to learn proprietary computer system and assist with developing application for unique R&D needs.
  • Strong math skills and the ability to convert between varying units of measure is required.
  • Accurate and strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to differentiate tastes and smells is required. Must be able to consume a wide variety of foods, such as products that may contain wheat, eggs, milk and other known allergens. Experienced with sweet flavor profiles.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.
  • Must be able to lift up to 45 lb on regular basis

To learn more about the job, visit the full listing here.