Flavor Application Scientist - Nutrition - Columbus, OH

in Columbus, OH

Flavor Application Scientist - Nutrition - Columbus, OH Job

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  • Job Location

    Columbus, OH, US

  • Job Category

    Research & Development

  • Job Type

    Full time

  • Travel

    Yes, 5 % of the Time

  • Schedule

    40 hours per week

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 115,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Flavor Application Scientist R&D

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare leader, creating breakthrough science to improve people’s health. We’re always looking towards the future, anticipating changes in medical science and technology.

Our nutrition business develops science-based nutrition products for people of all ages, from helping babies and children grow, to keeping adult bodies strong and active. Millions of people around the world count on our leading brands – including Similac®, PediaSure®, Pedialyte®, Ensure®, Glucerna® and ZonePerfect® – to help get the nutrients they need to live their healthiest life.

Working at Abbott

At Abbott, you can do work that matters, grow, and learn, care for yourself and family, be your true self and live a full life. You’ll also have access to:

  • Training and career development, with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance
  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans
  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs, Medical Benefits start day 1
  • Vacation – 3 weeks accrued vacation (1st yr. is prorated) + vacation buy program + 3 personal days + 10 paid holidays
  • Company Paid Pension Plan
  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match of 5%
  • Tuition reimbursement, the Freedom 2 Save student debt program and FreeU education benefit - an affordable and convenient path to getting a bachelor’s degree.
  • A company recognized as a great place to work in dozens of countries around the world and named one of the most admired companies in the world by Fortune.
  • A company that is recognized as one of the best big companies to work for as well as a best place to work for diversity, working mothers, female executives, and scientists.
  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

The Opportunity

Our location in Columbus, OH currently has an opportunity for a Scientist in our Nutrition Division.  

What You’ll Work On

  • Gather, assimilate, and disseminate flavor trend information to brand teams.
  • Identify ideal/target sensory profile for the final product using competitor product and market product category review from internal sensory department or flavor industry partners.
  • Consult/collaborate with developers to create a base which allows desired taste profile to be achieved.
  • Learn profiles of currently purchased flavors for Abbott and their use limitations.
  • Identify flavor development strategy suited to project priority and degree of matrix complexity.
  • Write project briefs and engage with flavor suppliers on projects.
  • Plan and coordinate research runs and experiments with other members of R&D.
  • Contribute to base product organoleptic improvement research projects.
  • Compose flavor systems which best mask deficits of the base product and create a full balanced experience of the named flavor.
  • Identify color and sweetener systems that meet appearance and sweetness objectives.
  • Request country suitability reviews of flavor formulations and maintain databases of information to flavor composition and regulatory compliance.
  • Issue pre-replicate flavor recommendations to product development teams.
  • Coordinate new commodity approval process for flavor, color, sweetener ingredients.
  • Provide technical support to Medical and Consumer Relations groups.
  • Conduct queries on flavor composition to support the Regulatory group.
  • Provide technical support related to flavors and colorants to production facilities.

Required Qualifications

  • MS Food Science/Chemistry or related scientific field or
    BS in Food Science/Chemistry with 5+ years progressive and practical related experience sufficient to demonstrate equivalency.  

Preferred Qualifications

  • Technical experience with the application of flavors, colors, and sweeteners in consumer products (nutritional products a plus).
  • No taste or smell dysfunctions or food allergies.
  • Knowledge of food science/food chemistry.
  • Experience in interpretation of sensory data.
  • Ability to serve multiple clients and adapt to various working styles.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Apply Now

* Participants who complete a short wellness assessment qualify for FREE coverage in our HIP PPO medical plan. Free coverage applies in the next calendar year.

Learn more about our health and wellness benefits, which provide the security to help you and your family live full lives:  www.abbottbenefits.com

Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that can help you build your future and live your best life. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.

Connect with us at www.abbott.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Abbott and on Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal.

The base pay for this position is $62,700.00 – $125,300.00. In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.

Job Skills

  • food science
  • chemistry
  • food chemistry
  • r&d
  • product development
  • abbott
  • composition
  • ppo
  • research projects
  • regulatory compliance
  • medical science
  • technical support
  • consumer relations
  • business
  • communication skills
  • development strategy

Additional Information

Who We Are


Abbott values the leadership skills developed through military service and we have a broad range of functional areas to put your talents to work. Our organization is making a difference in the lives of the people we serve with a diverse offering of healthcare products. We have a strong veteran employee community to help with your transition from the military to the corporate world.

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