Covance Food Scientist in Naples, United States

Job Overview

Food Scientist – Product Development

Naples, FL

The Covance Product Design team provides applied research, consultation, and contract product development services for food, beverage, and nutrition and supplement industries. It specializes in the idea generation, rapid prototyping, final formulation, process engineering, product analysis, and commercialization of new products. Covance Food Solutions, formerly International Food Network, is looking to add an Associate Food Scientist to our team.

As a Covance Food Scientist you will apply your expertise to develop new products from conception to plant scale-up and serve as a client liaison.

  • Under direction, independently executes:

  • bench-top experiments and formulation work

  • nutritional and component analysis

  • pilot plant trials, shelf life studies, and sensory studies

  • experimental design

  • Plans activities such as calculating ingredient quantities, production timing, and planning own weekly schedule

  • Supports pilot plant trials; prepares samples for processing, operates processing and/or packaging equipment, and collects data. Produces samples of good quality.

  • Interfaces with ingredient suppliers; orders ingredients and requests documentation. Seeks out information/facilities to get the job completed.

  • Makes suggestions for modifications in experimental approach and proactive feedback on next steps based on results.

  • Occasionally (up to 10% of time) has to travel overnight, weekends, interstate and/or international travel.

  • Must demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills; must be a team player who is professional and presentable.

  • Assists in writing reports, methods, protocols and SOPs.

  • Keeps updated and educated on relevant news, literature and findings in the industry.

  • Networks with individuals outside of Covance

  • Trains and assists less experienced staff

  • Completes all required training courses.

  • Learns and demonstrates departmental procedures and policies

  • Viewed as a resource across multiple teams

Thrive personally and professionally at Covance

Working at Covance, you’ll continue to grow in our learning-based culture so you’ll know how to expertly respond and adapt as the industry continues to evolve. Here, you’ll put your education to work as you play a meaningful role in advancing healthcare.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package. This includes 21 days of personal time off, 7 paid holidays, medical and dental insurance as well as tuition reimbursement, a 401(k) plan with a generous company match, along with short and long-term disability and life insurance.


  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in Food Science or related subject coupled with years of practical experience in food product development from within the food industry (manufacturing, ingredients, etc).

* Highly skilled in conducting new food developments, data interpretation and writing reports.

* Broad category experience.

* Ability to develop basic labels, including ingredient line and nutrition facts panels.

* Some project management skills.

* Ability to conduct review of related literature and references to obtain the required information and subsequently apply it.

* Excellent interpersonal skills.

* Skilled in performing technical presentations.

* Effective oral and written communication skills.


1 to 5 years of food industry experience depending on level of education.

Job Number 2018-19015

Job Category Nutritional Chemistry

Position Type Full-Time

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