Innovations Scientist
BestCo, Inc
Mooresville, NC, USA
2d ago

is known industry-wide as a leading developer and marketer of innovative, consumer health care products for retailers and marketers of OTC drug products and dietary supplements.

specializes in manufacturing solid dose lozenges, soft chews, and other confectionery-based delivery forms of consumer healthcare products for both private label and contract manufacturing partners.

combines nearly a century’s worth of confectionery experience with emerging consumer healthcare insights to create unique products for our customers.

strives to be a pioneer and innovator in the field of confectionery delivery forms of OTC drugs and dietary supplements. Position Summary

The primary responsibilities of this position are to oversee the operations in the Innovations & Development Laboratory while supporting product / process development projects.

May lead technical projects using current technologies as well as technical initiatives with exposure to business teams.

Seeks guidance from senior staff to understand how to apply scientific and engineering principles in research, development, production technology, quality control, packaging, and processing.

Supports the delivery of technology and business objectives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works with clients to conceptualize and develop bench top product prototypes
  • Stays current on new ingredients and technologies influencing nutritional and supplement claims
  • Conducts basic research on new product active ingredients and delivery forms in conjunction with Product Development Scientists
  • Coordinates trial activities between Operations, Purchasing, and Marketing when appropriate
  • Creates required production documentation for approval to ensure the consistent manufacture of new products; includes batch records, production instructions, process validation and stability protocols
  • Provides input into developing product specifications
  • Work with product developers and engineers in identifying critical product and process criteria and parameters
  • Interfaces with process engineers, flavor experts, packaging, and marketing specialists to resolve problems, such as incorporation of ingredients into the process, different forms of the ingredients, barrier package protection for product stability, flavor off-
  • notes, etc. and create new ideas

  • Supports validation start-ups
  • Assists in trouble shooting process issues
  • Supports the installation of new process technologies in manufacturing
  • Ensures the Development Laboratory is operational equipment is in working order, places work orders as required, maintains and orders supplies, keeps basic bulk ingredients on hand and orders as required, works with developers to keep the lab area clean confirms that samples and ingredients are properly stored, coordinates large laboratory projects with the development team
  • Participates in continuing education as required to expand one’s technical base by learning methods to develop improve formulation quality;
  • such as flavor, color, texture, nutritional value, convenience, or physical, chemical, and microbiological composition of foods

  • Prepares technical reports for submission to management and diligently documents all laboratory and experimental activities in a laboratory notebooks or project binder.
  • Prepares and presents project status or technical presentations to BestCo's management
  • Provides direction and guidance to technicians / product developers and process engineers in support of new product activities
  • Other duties as required.
  • Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Must be able to work independently and within a team environment
  • Must have strict attention to detail and follow procedures
  • Detail oriented
  • Self-starter able to multi-task
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to train entry level technicians
  • High degree of personal integrity
  • Clear understanding of cGMP and GLPs requirements
  • Able to work flexible hours and work overtime when required
  • Supervisory Responsibility

    This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

    Required Qualifications :

    Associate degree or higher in Food Science, or other scientific discipline with at least 1 year product development experience OR a High School graduate with a minimum of 3 years of product development experience in a GMP qualified food production facility (preferably in confectionery products.)

    Preferred Qualifications :

    Bachelors Degree in Food Science or other scientific discipline.

    At least 2 years of Product Development experience.

    Experience working in a confectionery product manufacturing environment.

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