Product/process Development Scientist

Product/process Development Scientist Job Description

Companies Which Manufacture Products Typically Need Development Scientists Who Understand And Control The Processes Used To Make The Final Product. Development Scientists Work Across The Manufacturing Industry, On Products As Diverse As Foods, Medicines, Cosmetics And Paints.

They Aim To Optimise The Performance Of Manufacturing Systems. They Are Responsible For Identifying And Developing New Processes For Product Manufacture, As Well As Putting In Place Process Controls To Make Sure The Products Are Of A High Quality And Are Manufactured In A Reproducible Manner.

Product And Process Development Scientists Are Concerned With Improving The Efficiency And Profitability Of The Manufactured Product.

Product/process Development Scientist Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • devising new processes, or refining existing ones, to optimise the manufacturing process;
  • planning, carrying out and supervising process trials in laboratories, pilot plants or factories;
  • devising methods for making products at the required scale and/or evaluating existing processes to identify areas for improvement;
  • formulating and establishing product design and performance objectives, normally in consultation with other functions, including research, marketing and production, as well as contractors, suppliers and customers;
  • scaling up the production process via plant trials, making changes to raw materials or components and process parameters to ensure quality is maintained during large-scale production;
  • improving yields by reducing costs, for example investigating alternative materials or new machinery to improve efficiency, quality and yields in bottleneck areas;
  • implementing process controls and devising test methods to assess the production process;
  • validating new processes and showing that they are an improvement;
  • working with product pipelines at various stages of development;
  • developing formulae, specifications and label declarations, and ensuring compliance with the finished product specifications;
  • advising on equipment modification to enable process changes for new product development;
  • reading and writing technical reports and specifications, and maintaining appropriate records;
  • initiating and generating ideas based on reading and research.

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