R&D Scientist

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Job Title: R&D Scientist

Company: Crystal Farms

Location: Lake Mills, Wisconsin

Description: At Crystal Farms we harbor a passion for quality food and we seek out the very best talent that fosters the company's culture of ownership and accountability to achieve this mission. This culture supports Crystal Farms growth mindset and strong brand presence in cheese, butter and bagels across the country. Our mission is to provide local dairy quality through fun, innovation, and stellar quality and service to our customers across the country. At Crystal Farms, we are dedicated to our core values of integrity, dependability, teamwork, pride and customer service. We Bleed Blue, Go for Gold, and Win Together.


  • The R&D Scientist is responsible for leading our product development, maintenance, and innovation.
  • This individual leads the teams understanding customer/consumer requirements, industry trends & practices, and product understanding - translating that knowledge into new and improved products or platforms.
  • This position is expected to lead and participate in cross-functional project teams and is the champion of product and design quality.
  • The R&D Scientist is involved in improving the quality of existing products, maintaining regulatory compliance, reducing costs, and maximizing the return to the shareholders.
  • Implementation of Innovation & Renovation strategy in the market.
  • Leverages technical experience and education, R&D and external industry insights to develop, implement, and execute creative product and packaging development activities to achieve project goals and deadlines to delight the consumer and drive customer preference.
  • Drives technical matter with raw material, co-packer, and packaging suppliers.
  • Participates in the selection of suppliers and co-packers.
  • Responsible for maintaining vendor and industry relationships of current trends and to ascertain future trends.
  • Act as expert in Dairy product and cheese making and share knowledge of the category and production trends with the cross functional team.
  • Responsible for performing qualification trials (materials and vendor selection).
  • Reviews and evaluates and documents results, facilitates decision making.
  • Works with RD &QA Manager to set quality attributes and evaluation procedures for all components, ensuring quality by design.
  • Lead execution of product development that brings product from concept to reality, including sourcing optimized inputs.
  • Develop and execute product improvements, including improvements to quality, process, efficiency, and cost.
  • Work with cross functional teams (marketing, sales, operations, quality control, packaging, regulatory, and special operating groups)
  • Draft standards and specifications on finished products and ingredients used with minimal assistance.
  • Generate food labels with all information covered.
  • Willingness to learn new skills and pursue continuous education in the food science, regulatory, and dairy fields.
  • Travel 10-20% to manufacturing sites and industry conferences.

Experience, Skills and Abilities:

  • Degree in Food/Dairy Science, or related technical field.
  • 5+ years’ experience in Food Technology.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong teamwork and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrate ability to coach others Proficient in using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Rapidly learn other pertinent software as the job requires.

Hours/Employment Type: Full-Time 

Salary/Wages: $80'sK annually

How to Apply: Apply here

Questions? Please contact Amy Pawlikowski (614) 492-7564