Position Description

R & D Associate Scientist II
Location Portland, OR
Req # 2630
# of Openings 1
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R & D Associate Scientist II

Come join the Tillamook Team where our philosophy is “Dairy Done Right.” As an independent farmer-owned cooperative, we have been guided by good, honest values since 1909. We believe in putting quality over profit, natural over artificial, and that hard work can never be outsmarted. We’re taking a stand for real food, because everyone deserves better.

About you:

What does real food mean to you? Is your favorite dish a cheesy casserole? Perhaps a decadent and indulgent ice cream? Either way, your identification with food is important to us. People who fit well here at Tillamook have a commitment to quality in everything they do. Our team members understand our vision, contribute to our mission, thrive on innovative thinking, hard work and good, honest values.

About us: 

Our team members understand our vision, contribute to our mission, thrive on innovative thinking, hard work and good, honest values. We live by these shared values: We are Good Stewards, We believe in Uncompromising Quality, We work as One Team, We Play to Win, and We Genuinely Care for each other.   

What you will do:

The R & D Associate Scientist II is responsible to help design, execute, and analyze all Tillamook research and the development of new products   The Associate Scientist II will often work  across all of Tillamook’s portfolio: Cheese, Butter, Whey, Cultured, and Frozen Desserts, in addition to continuous improvement projects both within our own and coman facilities.  Onsite management of trials, commercial production, and overnight travel is often required.  The R & D Associate Scientist II can effectively create experiments of design and perform risk analysis mitigation strategies on their own, but will also work collaboratively with other Product Development Scientists.

Here’s a day in the life:

  • Supports ideation to fill portfolio or market whitespace, filling the consumer jobs to be done
  • Prototypes formulations based on NPD direction, cost optimization, and other guardrails
  • Researches new ingredients & processes to be used across the business
  • Supports cross functional business units in root cause analysis and solution generation
  • Supports Marketing & Sales teams with technical mastery to aid sell in and marketing efforts
  • Analyzes the competitive landscape to guide strategy and category decision making
  • Researches food science principles & Builds professional network to implement solutions, acts as subject matter expert to share new learning across the team
  • Schedules, prepares for, and commands complex trial and first production runs. Reports results to a variety of audiences and interprets potential outcomes

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Dairy Science, or a related field
  • M.S. a strong plus
  • Bachelors Degree + 2 years experience in an R&D field or Masters Degree + 1 year experience in an R&D field
  • Experience in food product development dairy product development preferred
  • Experience working in basic product development / life cycle system
  • Ability to lead an effective experiment of design, formula creation, and financial calculations. Drives NPD projects which are assigned directly to them and engages with mentors and leaders to ensure that correct process, risk mitigation, PM tools, and next steps are occurring when they should. Once given a specific NPD task, this person will effectively take through completion and recognizes logical next steps with active stakeholders to proactively engage them.
  • Understanding Sensory as a role of consumer expectation
  • Comfort operating equipment for pilot and scale up research.  End to end understanding of cost of goods

Industry leading benefit and reward programs:

We offer outstanding benefits to our employees. For more information, please visit the careers page: www.tillamook.com/careers.

We are committed to creating a diverse culture and inclusive conditions where all employees are heard, valued and feel a sense of belonging.  We rely on different perspectives, thoughts, backgrounds and cultures to inform our work, to help us be better as a brand and as an employer and to fuel our success.  We are seeking talent from a wide range of diversity, perspectives and backgrounds to join our exceptional organization and help us build our future.   

Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) is a Drug-Free Workplace. EEO/AA

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