The Bama Companies
  • 13-Dec-2017 to 13-Mar-2018 (CST)
  • QA
  • Tulsa, OK, USA
  • Full Time

Medicial, Dental, Vision, Short/Long Term Disability, Life Insurance, 401k, Flexible Spending, On-Site Fitness Centers

C713 Senior Food Scientist

December 13, 2017- Until Filled

Exempt/Non-Exempt: Full Time and Exempt


The Senior Food Scientist, R&D consistently plays a critical role in Bama's financial success by managing projects which contribute to culinary and food processing excellence. This position researches, plans and designs experiments, coordinates research and development projects, evaluates results, and provides recommendations to management. Project assignments are complex, involving a high degree of product and food processing knowledge, and require the ability to work with a broad variety of functional groups within the company.

Critical characteristics and attributes of the individual in this role includes a solid educational and professional experience background in food product research and development.  The individual must be extremely knowledgeable about flour-based products, ingredient functionality, food processing equipment, new product development and core product improvement processes with specific expertise in more than one process, platform or line.  In addition, they must exhibit strong analytical/problem solving skills, and use sound judgment when resolving issues.  The individual must have a demonstrated track record of effective interpersonal relationships and the ability to successfully collaborate on a cross-functional team.

Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Senior Food Scientist, R&D will accomplish their project goals and objectives through effective leadership and working relationships with company leaders, customers, functional change agents, and vendor partners.  The Senior Food Scientist, R&D reports to the Director, R&D.


Role Description and Job Accountabilities:

  •          Understand and commit to the Foundational principles of Bama
  •        Utilize EQ tools and Staub training to mentor and coach others
  •        Bring joy to the workplace
  •        Understand your role in the execution and support of the 4 Pillars of Bama's Strategic Plan
  •        Understand financial systems, and commit to help Bama stay in business
  •        Demonstrate an ability to speak publicly
  •        Teach Bama's principles to new team members
  •        Commit to act like an owner in all decisions


Bama's Strategic Perspectives:

People Are Wildly Important To Bama  

  • Understand and teach the Bama Manual to new team members
  • Communicate effectively and candidly, and engage in Courageous Conversations
  • Build and leverage talent
  • Be visible and approachable by all levels of team members for mentoring and coaching
  • Be a role model for "People Helping People be Successful" and all of Bama's EQ initiatives
  • Achieve through teamwork; lead through influence

...Job specific functions and deliverables...            

  • Ability to lead and interact within a diverse team environment, both functionally and cross functionally.
  • Shows respect to all R&D team members by following established procedures for maintaining a clean and pleasant work environment.
  • Leads crossfunctional teams across multiple departments on large projects
  • Willingly collaborates on projects with other R&D, Operations, Sales, Engineering and Sourcing team members to draw out best thinking for generating innovative project solutions.


Customers Are Wildly Important To Bama

  • Put the customer first and understand its expectations
  • Understand market research data
  • Understand Bama's financial commitment to its customers

...Job specific functions and deliverables...

  • Assists Bama's Sales Teams with identifying opportunities through consumer understanding and insights that are consistent with customers' strategic plans.
  • Exhibits strong data evaluation skills; extracts and interprets data from various sources in order to provide creative product solutions to Bama's Sales Teams.
  • Communicates with customers to further develop and enhance relationships


Continuous Improvement Reducing Variation in Everything Bama Does

  • Lead change and innovation through the use of 6 sigma and other CI tools
  • Understand and utilize Deming's system of Profound Knowledge and the 14 Obligations of Management
  • Commit to continuously improving yourself and to helping others continuously improve
  • Utilize system view diagrams and PDSA as major tools to achieve desired goals and objectives Attend annual training to improve knowledge and system thinking

...Job specific functions and deliverables...

  • Regularly works with the Business Team to support and improve our AOP and scorecards
  • Uses sensory data in new product development efforts, when appropriate.
  • Provides technical services to Operations to help ensure operational quality. Facilitates training of in-process staff on functionality of ingredients, process parameters, etc.
  • Develops strong working relationships with existing and potential ingredient vendors, in conjunction with Bama's Supply Chain Management group.
  • Creates testing plans with detailed timelines on all assigned projects and shares regular updates with Project Management.
  • Keeps up with industry trends, including new technologies, new ingredients and innovative approaches to food science.

Smart, Fun Growth

  • Think like an owner
  • Has financial training to help with continuous improvement
  • Be conservative in use of fiscal and human resources
  • Understand Bama's financials, and work as a team to reduce variation and costs
  • Plan and act strategically

        ...Job specific functions and deliverables...

  • Seeks margin improvement opportunities on existing products.
  • Uses a disciplined approach for all testing activity'both bench-top and in plant. Strives to balance customer needs with Bama's desire to apply resources efficiently and effectively.
  • Formulates products with existing ingredients and current vendors wherever possible.
  • Optimizes new product formulations with the fewest possible number of ingredients and lowest cost ingredients to meet desired attributes.



  • Possess and demonstrate passion for the job, the role, and the company
  • Master's degree in Food Science or equivalent experience required.
  • Minimum 7 10 years of experience in research and development in the foodservice industry; bakery product category across multiple platforms preferred.
  • Experience with conducting production trials and interacting in a plant environment.
  • Experience in developing product specifications and interacting with vendors.
  • Experience in using sensory and consumer testing in product development is a plus.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Lotus Notes.  Ability to quickly learn and master new technologies.
  • Strong analytical abilities.
  • Excellent follow-up skills, demonstrated experience in problem solving and achieving Win/Win solutions.
  • Available to travel as necessary (less than 30%)
  • Demonstrate the ability to solve problems
  • Encourage a win/win team environment where everyone is heard equally
  • Interact collaboratively with Operations teams, and visit Bama's facilities on a regular basis
  • Communicate effectively in verbal and written form.
  • Provide leadership in strategic planning and prioritization
  • Possess the appropriate educational experience or job related experience to perform the role
  • Promote, embrace and celebrate diversity and champion diversity initiatives

Attributes and Characteristics:

  • Student of Heart Led Leadership
  • Respected by peers and respects others
  • Plans in the open, and invites others to respectfully disagree
  • Addresses issues within the confines of Bama's philosophies and its mission
  • Deploys the tenants of Bama's culture of caring and accountability
  • Passionate about our industry and the role we play within the industry
  • Believes and acts with conviction that people and customers are wildly important.
  • Self-motivated, driven and requires little supervision.
  • Challenges the obvious and looks for more profound and potent understanding of consumer/customer behavior.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, communication and leadership skills.
  • Positive, innovative, solution-based approach to all research issues.
  • Confident in challenging existing processes and developing better methods.


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