Innovation and Research Specialist

Location: Playa Vista, CA
Date Posted: 11-14-2017
Summary of Opportunity:
Irwin Naturals has an exciting role available for a Innovation and Research Specialist that would be perfect for a candidate who has a background in food science or nutritional science. 

At Irwin Naturals, we offer a wide variety of outstanding, quality products at affordable prices accompanied by extraordinary service. Our goal is to further develop effective products combined with our innovation and research resulting in targeted formulas to the market place with ingredients at effective levels.  Our core Irwin Naturals brand of products has become a market leader and we are committed to developing solution-oriented formulas that exceed the highest standards for quality and purity.  The right candidate must be energetic, hardworking and enthusiastic, with the desire to produce results and succeed at their core.
Main Duties:
  • Partner with Marketing department to develop science-based, cutting-edge nutritional supplement products for the Health Food and Mass distribution channels.
  • Develop product formulas, writes product copy and researches to substantiate product claims.
  • Establish relationships with ingredient vendors to develop knowledge of new ingredients and resources for technical assistance
  • Build awareness and communicate emerging trends in the marketplace regarding demand for key ingredients.
  • Prepare product formula documentation to send out for quotation and support communications with contract manufacturers during the quotation and development process
  • Ensure formulations are high quality, cost effective, efficacious and meet brand guidelines.
  • Writes technical copy for packaging, support literature, websites, newsletters, white papers, science support pieces and other collateral materials
  • Participate in the proofing process for all printed materials
  • Compile & summarize research substantiation to support product structure/function claims
  • Act as primary liaison with Marketing, Legal and Quality Assurance departments during the product development phase
  • Support the Marketing and Sales departments in new product launches and sales presentations
  • Occasional travel to industry trade shows
  • Any other projects and tasks as assigned.
  • MS, PhD in Food Science, Nutritional Science, Pharmaceutical Science or equivalent
  • 2-3+ years of experience in the dietary supplement, functional food or related industry product development
  • Knowledge of nutritional and botanical ingredients
  • Experience crafting structure/function claims within DSHEA and FDA/FTC regulations
  • Excellent research skills – ability to find, analyze, interpret and critique data quickly and accurately
  • Proficiency required in MS Office (especially Excel), PubMed, Google Scholar
  • Highly organized
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Detail oriented
  • Solid oral and written communication skills
This position is located in Los Angeles (Playa Vista), California.
We offer a competitive total compensation package which includes Paid Time Off, Holiday pay, health benefits and 401k. And to top it off, we are a casual dress work environment.
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