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Scientist, Nutrition R&D

Denver, CO USA
Requisition ID:  13144
No of Openings:  1
Posted Date:  Jun 12, 2022
Job Function:  Research & Development

For our Denver, CO corporate headquarters we are seeking two Scientists (Senior-level eligible for more experienced candidates) on our Nutrition, R&D team to move our organization to even larger level of dairy ingredient and nutrition growth! We take pride in our vision to be "world's best", it is why we work harder, invest more, and continually innovate.


At Leprino Foods, starting compensation for this role typically ranges between $77,000 and $123,000. This position has an annual target bonus of 5-10%.


  • Carries out project plans by identifying project scope, defining success criteria, and conducting risk analysis.
  • Conducts Feasibility Studies by researching market demands, researching if the process is well-defined/proven, and defining the project’s Return of Investment.
  • Assists with developing the product or process, testing, and validation.
  • Coordinates technical/ research projects and resources.
  • Coordinates project plans with manufacturing plants and third party labs by developing communication plans.
  • Completes Scale Up project implementation from R&D to production plants for commercialization.
  • Aids in the development of new testing protocol and methodology.
  • Performs project experiments including bench-top, pilot plant and production plant trials.
  • Runs Design of Experiment (DOE), using software if needed, and performs experiments based on conditions identified in DOE software.
  • Collects, processes, and analyzes data using software; then interprets and summarizes results.
  • Coordinates and carries out routine product performance (e.g. shred and melt), and analytical (e.g. RVA, Texture Analyzer, CE, HPAED, and HPLC) evaluations; and documents and presents results as agreed with manager.
  • Maintains exacting standards for quality, by identifying any issues which might adversely impact the quality of test results and/or employee safety, and immediately communicates concerns to senior staff and management as vital to ensure timely resolution.
  • Provides technical (scientific/analytical) expertise to internal/external departments and/or customers.
  • Crafts, changes (updates) and maintains SOP and Process Description.
  • Builds or changes (updates) manufacturing specifications.
  • Be humble, inquisitive, patient, collaborative, innovative, results-oriented, and resilient - the DNA of a Leprino employee.

You Have At Least (Required Qualifications):

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or a related field.
  • Two (2) – eight (8) years of experience in food, biotechnology industry.
  • Experience in sophisticated lab or production equipment operations.

We Hope You Also Have (Preferred Qualifications):

  • A Master’s degree in a related field.
  • Experience in food preparation and food safety.
  • Experience in food production environment and equipment operations.
  • SAP experience.


Leprino Foods embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Offering You In Return:

A chance to be part of a global team of individuals passionate about producing and delivering high-quality products that help feed and nourish families around the world. Leprino Foods could not be where it is today without our incredible employees. That is why we share in our success together by rewarding you for your hard work. Hiring great people who are in it for the long run is our goal. Through competitive salaries and bonuses, life, medical/dental/vision coverage, voluntary benefits, employee assistance programs, wellness incentives, tuition assistance, vacation, nine paid holidays, sick time, paid parental leave, annual merit increases, as well as the LFC Profit-Sharing & 401(k) plan. Your impact will be noticed and rewarded, as you seek to further our company, our customers, and one another.

Our Story:

Leprino Foods’ history dates back over 65 years, when Jim Leprino first started making small batches of mozzarella for local markets and eateries in the Little Italy neighborhood of Denver. We’ve grown a bit since then. Today, Leprino is the world’s largest manufacturer of mozzarella and lactose, and a leading producer of whey protein. Still owned by Jim and the Leprino family, our sights are set to be the “World’s Best Dairy Food and Ingredient Company.” To help us achieve that bold vision, we’re looking for our secret ingredient: You. A motivated team member who is the best at what you do. Three people in a small corner grocery store in the early 1950s have now grown to almost 5,000 employees throughout 16 global locations. Will you join us on our journey?

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Leprino Foods requires all individuals to wear the appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) as required by the role and location.
Leprino Foods Company supports a drug-free workplace and is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

Nearest Major Market: Denver