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Associate Scientist - Food & Refreshments

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Associate Scientist - Food & Refreshments

Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Full Time
  • Responsibilities


    Support product development related work streams for on time and in full delivery of regional innovation, renovation, quality improvement and cost optimization projects. As an Associate Scientist, you will support specific technical deliverables that are part of different projects run by Technical Project Leaders (TPL) within a broader R&D team.

    Lead and deliver bench top product development for innovation or renovation projects based on product brief from TPLs. Lead and deliver bench top product optimization, new ingredients or ingredients from new suppliers screening and validation for quality and value improvement projects.

    Perform, when required, pilot plant trials and all analytical and sensory evaluations of the samples

    Weigh out and batch formulations for pilot plant runs/product bench optimizations/samples preparation for showings/cuttings including ingredient organization and inventory management and logistics, interfacing with suppliers to order ingredients where necessary.

    Perform inventory management and logistics of product samples (pilot plant produced or delivered from factories), manage products disposals and ship samples to other Unilever sites globally.Conduct product showings/cuttings with cross-functional teams including the culinary team and CTI.

    Interpret analytical, testing & showings results and suggest scientifically sound next steps (with appropriate assistance and support).Lead the process of specification creation in SAP PLM from the request to the approved status and create specifications for all new ingredients and new products to be launch.Lead the delivery of Third Party Manufacturing Manual for outsourced product launches. Participate in factory trials for commercialization when required. Identify improved ways of working and simplified processes.

    YOU’RE A DOT CONNECTOR: The position works in conjunction with broader R&D teams including: Process Engineers, Packaging Engineers, CTI (Consumer Technical Insights), Microbiology, Material Experts, Data & Digital, Nutrition, Label Compliance and Technical Project Leaders (TPLs).

    YOU LOVE TO WIN, AND HAVE FUN DOING IT: The position also requires external (raw material suppliers) and international (Global Design and Global Discover Teams) communication.

    YOU’RE A STORY TELLER: The position requires adapting technical information to communicate results with other cross-functional team members including marketing, planning, procurement, customer development as well as others.

    YOU’RE A PARADOX NAVIGATOR: The position requires application of technical knowledge and scientific methodologies including bench top formulation, experimental design, analytical methods, statistical procedures as well as data analysis.

  • Qualifications


    • Bachelors Degree required; in Food Science a plus!
    • 1+ years of relevant product development experience including internships
    • Experience operating in regulations (such as FDA), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) as well as Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs).
    • Possess basic technical knowledge of ingredient functionality, processing, nutrition, and legislation in foods a plusSAP (Product Lifecycle Management), and other related specification systems is a plus
    • Effective verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills within cross-functional teams and with outside customers.

    Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

    Equal Employment Opportunity PostersEqual Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Persons with DisabilitiesEmployment is subject to verification of pre-screening tests, which may include drug screening, background check, credit check and DMV check. If you are an individual with a disability in need of assistance at any time during our recruitment process, please contact us at Please note: This email is reserved for individuals with disabilities in need of assistance and is not a means of inquiry about positions or application statuses.

  • Industry
    Consumer Goods
  • Fun Fact
    Unilever offers seriously cool benefits like flexible working environment, on-site gym and Tigi salon, well-being incentives, and all-you-can-eat ice cream.
  • About Us

    Unilever has a simple but clear purpose – to make sustainable living commonplace. They believe this is the best long-term way for the business to grow. On any given day, two billion people from around the world use Unilever products from iconic brands like Dove, Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Lipton, Dollar Shave Club, and Knorr to look good, feel good, and get more out of life.