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Senior Research Scientist, Chocolate

Posted Date:  Aug 30, 2023
Requisition Number:  119721

Job Location: Hershey, PA



Reporting to the Manager Variety in Chocolate Product Development and working at The Hershey Company’s Technical Center, the Senior Research Scientist Chocolate position provides project leadership on multiple medium complexity projects and/or beginning to lead a high complexity project with support.  Complexity of a workstream can be increased through technical complexity, manufacturing complexity, speed to market, quantity of projects, and cross-functional support. A medium to high level of autonomy on medium complexity projects and low to medium level of autonomy for high complexity projects is required.  This individual is beginning to teach others technical knowledge in some spaces and has a focus on developing technical breadth.  A successful candidate is communicating project and/or program challenges to senior leadership with the ability to have some influence on project/program direction through cross-functional communication.


Specific Role Focus Area: 
• Lead product development projects which provide innovative new products in the Core Chocolate space with a focus on the following Brands – Cadbury, Almond Joy, Mounds, York, Whoppers, and others.  These areas include formulation development, ingredient development, capacity expansion, process development, supply continuity, and product transformation interactions.
• Perform prototyping and development from bench top to pilot plant to full manufacturing scale.
• Interact closely with a cross functional group of technical, professional, and managerial staff of R&D, as well as production, engineering, and marketing. 
• Understand the business impact of the projects.
• Apply technical rigor and scientific principles and practices.
• Provide input for technical feasibility for new product concepts.
• Partnering with Supply Chain to provide technical support to drive quality and value improvement in products and process.


This role will interact and partner with: 
• Marketing
• Manufacturing
• Engineering
• Quality and Regulatory
• Project Management
• Technology Development

Approximately 25% travel required, including both US and International


Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform major duties/responsibilities:  

• Experience leading innovation initiatives for R&D, which could include new product development, quality improvement, cost improvement, technology validation and process optimization.
• Demonstrated ability to learn new technical knowledge and apply it during development and commercialization processes.
• Demonstrated experience in learning and applying process platforms.
• Strong knowledge of various technical disciplines (Sensory, Research, Engineering and Packaging)
• Knowledge of key steps in the development of projects, including commercialization, equipment selection, creation of TFD’s, commissioning and start-up of process equipment and systems, and troubleshooting.
• Understanding of the impact of the key processing parameters in the conversion of raw ingredient and in-process material to finished product and critical for the day-to-day operation of a line.
• Demonstrated Influencing skills.
• Proven administrative ability, decision-making skills, financial understanding, business integration skills, and technical expertise.
• Demonstrated problem solving and evaluation capabilities.
• Excellent troubleshooting skills.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Must be open to and comfortable with change.
• The candidate much be able to work independently, and as part of a team in a fast-paced, growth-oriented business.


Education and Experience:    BS or MS Degree in Food Science, Chemistry, Biology, or related field.  MS with 2-4 years related experience, or BS with 4-6 years of experience.




Nearest Major Market: Harrisburg

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