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Position Title: Associate Scientist - Product Development 

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Appleton 

Requisition ID: 23108 




The position is based out of Appleton, WI.


Role Outline
Working within the North American appetizer product development team, and in partnership with the commercial teams, this role will be accountable for technical project management and project execution to contribute to the US appetizer business growth. The role provides technical leadership within project teams, across functions, and with stakeholders.


Core Accountabilities/Outcomes:

  • Execute new product development projects from conception to launch
  • Developing and managing timelines
  • Providing technical leadership to project teams and aligning with stakeholders for project reviews, technical risk mitigation and project post launch reviews
  • Collecting data and reporting on each testing phase in the development process
  • Presenting formulation options and impacts to gain consensus on next steps
  • Participating in idea generation sessions in the concept development process
  • Testing and validating product attributes, shelf life and plant scalability



  • B.Sc. or B.E in Food Science, Food Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related field.
  • Experience in food product development or food science is considered an asset.



  • Research and project management skills
  • Basic Mathematical and statistical analysis skills
  • Knowledge of Deign of experiment is an asset
  • Ability to work within a matrix organization
  • Organized and detail oriented, with excellent record keeping skills
  • Collaboration
  • Communication (written and verbal)
  • Ability to work independently
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of food plant, process and equipment

McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace.  As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger. 
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Job Family: Research & Development      
Division: Global Research and Development 
Department: ​Appetizers North America ​
Location(s): US - United States of America : Wisconsin : Appleton || US - United States of America : Wisconsin : Fort Atkinson || US - United States of America : Wisconsin : Milwaukee || US - United States of America : Wisconsin : Plover || US - United States of America : Wisconsin : Rice Lake || US - United States of America : Wisconsin : Wisconsin Rapids 

Company: McCain Foods USA, Inc. 

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