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Job Title: Principle Scientist

Location: Council Bluffs, IA

Our Company, Your Opportunity:

Nearly 150 years ago, Gustavus Swift founded Swift & Company. He was a true pioneer whose passion and innovative spirit transformed the meat industry. This commitment to transformation mirrors that of Swift Prepared Foods today. Swift Prepared Foods (formerly Plumrose USA) is the prepared foods arm of JBS USA, one of the world’s largest meat companies. This is a unique opportunity to be in a start-up environment, with the backing of a Global CPG Powerhouse. This is a role for someone who is looking for an entrepreneurial challenge in a company with aspirations to be leaders within the CPG world. The position will have both strategic and tactical elements and the person may wear different hats. This is an opportunity for people who want to think Big, dream Big and work to make Big ideas a reality.

Our Mission:

To be THE BEST in all we do. We are completely focused on our business, ensuring the BEST products and services to our customers, a relationship of trust with our suppliers and profitability for our shareholders. All this, we do to provide an opportunity for a better future for all of our TEAM MEMBERS.

Our Values:

Determination, Simplicity, Availability, Humility, Sincerity, Discipline, Ownership

Scope of Position:

The Principle Scientist is to perform food product development work to meet project objectives in the Meat Category. Projects will be heavily focused on new cold cuts lunchmeat formula and process development, quality improvement, process optimization, and cost optimization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Executes small scale and large scale plant tests

  • Creates and manages product specifications

  • Maintains accurate and complete records, analyzes reports

  • Utilizes a working knowledge of plant processes and facilities

  • Provides onsite monitoring and technical assistance to operations when testing/manufacturing new products.

  • Leads commercialization of product changes and implementation of new items and processes.

  • Works with cross-functional team members to flawlessly implement formulations, manufacturing processes, and commissioning new equipment and manufacturing lines

  • Identify and lead projects to drive revenue and margin growth for the organization

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.

Capabilities/ Qualifications:

Pro-active self-starter, willing to accept responsibility for completion of business tasks. Must be a driven individual who can take ownership of projects and R&D responsibilities and complete all the relevant tasks required for the job with minimal oversight.

  • Demonstrated technical competence

  • Demonstrated motivation and creative problem-solving skills

  • Ability to interact with others in a manufacturing, lab, and office environment

  • Must be able to work closely with many departments including Sales, Regulatory, R&D, Quality, Marketing, Purchasing, and Production

  • Hands-on, autonomous self-starter who is accountable for delivering exceptional project results. Must be self-motivated with ability to follow through and complete tasks in the given deadlines

  • Excellent collaboration and organizational skills

  • Ability to multitask and prioritize

  • Must be able to work in a food manufacturing environment and be able to flawlessly transition products and processes from R&D to operations

  • Clear, concise written and oral communication skills required with strong attention to detail and accuracy

  • Computer skills which include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

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 to perform the essential functions.

Experience/Work History:

  • Bachelor’s degree in meat science/food science or equivalent with 15 years of industry experience or Graduate degree with 12+ years of experience or significant relevant industry experience

  • Reliable work history, punctuality, and dependability

  • Extensive background in food product development

  • Strong working knowledge of food safety, food chemistry, and food processing

  • Cold cuts development experience is a must and poultry development experience is preferred

  • Significant Project Management experience

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None at this time

Work Environment:

  • Plant working environment

  • Food manufacturing operations environment


50% - Vendors and other plant locations

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We offer a full range of benefits including health care, life insurance, and a 401 (K) plan.

Swift Prepared Foods is an equal opportunity employer.