Food Scientist, Value Engineering

Published on 05/26/2023TreeHouse Foods, Inc. - Downers Grove, IL


Employee Type:

Full time


IL Downers Grove (Woodcreek Dr)

Job Type:

Research and Development

Job Posting Title:

Food Scientist, Value Engineering

About Us:

TreeHouse Foods (NYSE: THS) is a leading manufacturer of private label packaged foods and beverages, operating a network of production facilities across the United States and Canada. At TreeHouse Foods, our commitment to excellence extends beyond our products and revolves around our people. We are investing in talent and creating a performance-based culture where employees can do their best work, directly impacting our mission to make high quality, affordable food for our customers, communities and families. We hope you will consider joining the team and being part of our future.

What You Gain:

  • Competitive compensation and benefits program

  • Enrollment in our wellness and employee assistance programs

  • Paid holidays, vacation, and other competitive paid time off opportunities

  • An inclusive working environment where you can build meaningful work relationships with a diverse group of people

  • Leaders who are invested in supporting your career growth

  • Opportunities to be recognized for outstanding contributions to yourteam through our employee recognition programs

Job Description:

About the Role:

The Food Scientist role provides support to the Value Engineering team, and under limited supervision, leads the design, planning, validation, and implementation of products focusing on cost saving, efficiency improvement, and consolidation across the TreeHouse Portfolio. You’ll add value to this role by performing various functions including, but not limited to:

  • Under limited supervision, works collaboratively in the execution of development from bench to production scale for cost saving projects, product improvements, and consolidation efforts throughout the TreeHouse portfolio.

  • Defines the formulation, nutritional and process parameters needed to develop a product which meets the project objective(s). Understands the impact of these parameters to overall project.

  • Applies sound scientific methods in all stages of development. Including planning and executing trials, analyzing data and defining solutions to achieve project goals.

  • Identifies opportunities for competitive market advantage

  • Provide judgement and experience to assure that an appropriate level of technical knowledge and discipline are being applied and utilized in business decisions

  • Partner and communicate effectively with cross-functional groups: Marketing, Sales, QA, Procurement, Finance, Operations and Engineering

  • Ensure the transfer of technology to the operations team when commercializing products. Provide technical oversight of internal and external manufacturing start-ups and ongoing technical service

  • Contribute significantly and continually to attain results through the generation and application of advanced, specialized knowledge

  • Generate and support pipeline work to drive cost optimization through formulation and processing efficiencies

  • Participates in customer presentations and/or preparing product, content for customer meetings

  • Ensure all activities follow established safety standards, regulatory requirements (FDA, UDSA & Kosher) and Good Manufacturing Procedures (GMP)

Important Details: The duties and responsibilities described are not a comprehensive list of all tasks. Additional tasks and duties may be assigned from time to time as necessitated by business needs.

About You:

You’ll fit right in if you have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required – Type: Food Science/Engineering or Related Field

  • Three years’ experience in Food Science Product Development OR No experience required if holding a PhD in Food Science/Engineering or Related Field

  • Retort and/or aseptic product experience preferred

  • Understanding of ingredient interactions/functionality

  • Communicate effectively and openly while working in a cross-functional team.

  • Must be a self-starter, independent, energetic and resourceful

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills

  • Solid Project Management skills and experience

  • Aptitude for technical leadership and project management

  • Ability to successfully manage project workload across multiple product categories

  • Ability to travel up to 30%

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TreeHouse Foods is a private label food and beverage leader focused on customer brands and custom products. When customers partner with TreeHouse they can expect access to an industry-leading portfolio, strategic vision, on-trend innovation and insights, world-class supply chain, operational excellence and flexibility, collaborative approaches, and dedicated customer service.

Our strategy is to be the leading supplier of private label food and beverage products by providing the best balance of quality and cost to our customers. We engage with retail grocery, food away from home, and industrial and export customers, including most of the leading grocery retailers and foodservice operators in the United States and Canada.

Our portfolio includes a variety of shelf-stable, refrigerated, and snack products.

Customers can expect comprehensive flavor profiles including natural, organic, and preservative-free ingredients in many categories and packaging formats.

TreeHouse Foods is best known for food and beverages produced by our two largest businesses Bay Valley Foods, LLC (including E.D. Smith and Sturm Foods) and TreeHouse Private Brands. With more than 10,000 employees in over 35 plants across the United States, Canada, and Italy, TreeHouse Foods is based in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Disability Assistance

TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to . In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.

To all recruitment agencies: TreeHouse Foods does not accept unsolicited agency resumes/CVs. Please do not forward resumes/CVs to our careers email addresses, Treehouse Foods employees, or any company location(s). TreeHouse Foods is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes/CVs.

EEO Considerations: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability, or protected veteran status.

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