Research & Development Columbia, Missouri


Position at JBS USA

Food Scientist


Purpose and Scope/General Summary: will play a pivotal role in advancing our fresh value-added raw/rte processing capabilities. This position is at the intersection of operations, technology, and innovation, focusing on enhancing product quality, optimizing processing techniques, validating new technologies, and improving yield. You will work closely with the Operations, R&D, Engineering, Operational Excellence, and Quality Assurance teams to implement best practices and cutting-edge solutions that drive efficiency and excellence in our Italian Meats product.



  • Analyze current raw/rte processing methods to identify inefficiencies and areas for enhancement.
  • Implement process improvements to increase productivity, reduce costs, and enhance product quality.
  • Lead initiatives to improve our fresh portioning program, focusing on accuracy, efficiency, and consistency.
  • Develop and implement best practices and innovative solutions to meet and exceed industry standard and customer expectations.
  • Evaluate, and validate new processing equipment to ensure compatibility with existing systems and to enhance processing capabilities.
  • Coordinate with equipment vendors and internal teams for seamless integration and optimization of new technology.
  • Collaborate with the R&D team to assess and validate new functional ingredients and technologies that can improve product quality and/or yield, ensuring all new ingredients meet regulatory and company standards.
  • Create Specs and Recipes
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Engineering, or related field
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in raw/rte processing or a related industry, operations or continuous improvement background preferred.
  • Strong understanding of meat processing technologies, equipment, and best practices.


  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements related to Italian Meats processing.
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and project management skills.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively across multiple departments using our company values extensively.
  • Willingness to work in a production environment.
  • Can perform the functions of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation
  • As a salaried position with the company, you may be required to travel at some point to other facilities, to attend Company events, or as a representative of the Company in other situations.


The applicant who fills this position will be eligible for the following compensation and benefits: 

  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, and Dental coverage begin after 60 days of employment;
  • Paid Time Off: sick leave, vacation, and 6 company observed holidays;
  • 401(k): company match begins after the first year of service and follows the company vesting schedule;
  • Incentive Pay: This position is eligible to participate in the Company’s annual bonus plan, the amount of bonus varies and is subject to the standard terms and conditions of the incentive program;


For individuals assigned and/or hired to work in states where it is required by law to include a reasonable estimate of the compensation for any given position, compensation ranges are specific to those states and takes into account various factors that are considered in making compensation decisions, including but not limited to a candidate’s relevant experience, qualifications, skills, competencies, and proficiencies for the role. 

This position does not have an application deadline. We will continue to recruit until the position has been filled.  

The Company is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our team members and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct a drug, alcohol, and background checks for all new team members post-offer and prior to the start of employment. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.  


  • About us: Opportunity for career growth – we prefer to promote internal employees into management roles as they are ready for new responsibilities.
  • Charitable involvement across Mid-West communities (Hometown Strong)
  • Company Culture (Purpose & Culture)



Our mission: To be the best in all that we do, completely focused on our business, ensuring the best products and services to our customers, a relationship of trust with our suppliers, profitability for our shareholders and the opportunity of a better future for all of our team members.