JOB SUMMARY The R&D Senior Principal Scientist, Nutrition & Animal Science is responsible for leading the Nutrition & Animal Science team in the JMS Pet Food and Snack R&D organization. In partnership with his/her team, the incumbent will ensure the nutritional compliance and animal safety of all our Pet Food and Snacks products. The incumbent will provide technical thought leadership internally and well as be an Industry Liaison for the company in the areas of nutrition, animal safety and animal health. Although this is a Subject Matter Expert technical track role, the incumbent will also be responsible for the training, coaching, development, and administrative management (i.e. performance evaluation, career planning, etc.) of the Nutrition & Animal Science team.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Provide overall nutritional and animal safety guidance within R&D Ensure his/her team provides timely review of all product formulations for nutrition & animal health Review/approve all products that require animal safety assessments Own JMS Pet Nutrition guardrails Guidance on nutrition & animal safety claims feasibility and substantiation requirements Review and approve animal safety claims Develop internal ‘guidance documents’ on relevant nutrition and/or animal safety topics Develop and deploy training to R&D on nutrition and/or animal safety topics Consultant to Regulatory for Federal/State Regulatory Issues/Inquires related to nutrition, animal safety and animal health Interface with internal and external stakeholders and industry associations Collaborate on clinical studies as needed to answer targeted nutrition and/or animal safety questions and /or substantiate product claims
SELECTION CRITERIA Education A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, with specialty training in internal medicine or clinical nutrition residency and/or an advanced degree (MS or PhD) in Companion Animal Nutrition is required Experience At least 3 years of relevant experience and/or education post DVM degree is required Experience as a practicing Companion Animal Veterinarian is preferred Experience working/interfacing with Industry (e.g., PFI), Professional and Government (e.g., FDA, AAFCO) organizations is a plus
For more than 120 years, The J. M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that bring families together to share memorable meals and moments. Today, Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of consumer food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America with annual net sales of approximately $8 billion. In consumer foods and beverages, it...s brands include Smucker's®, Folgers®, Jif®, Dunkin’ Donuts®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, Café Bustelo®, Martha White®, truRoots®, Sahale Snacks®, Robin Hood®, and Bick’s®. In pet food and pet snacks, its brands include Meow Mix®, Milk- Bone®, Kibbles 'n Bits®, Natural Balance®, and 9Lives®. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. For more information about the Company, visit jmsmucker.com.