Clif Bar & Company is looking for a NUTRITION SCIENTIST to join our Nutrition Strategy Team.
The ideal candidate will have an immediate connection to our Five Aspirations, as well as embody the “Clif Bar Ingredients” (Create, Inspire, Connect, Own It, and Be Yourself). This candidate will be extremely flexible and enjoy a “high-change” environment where priorities shift from day to day. Candidates who connect through positive and respectful interaction, inspire greater success across all Five Aspirations, and create extraordinary experiences, solutions and ideas will be at the top of our list.
The Nutrition Scientists ensures CB&C foods are crafted with nutrition purpose based on scientifically founded nutrition principles. This role influences new product innovation and current product optimization by guiding the design of CB&C foods for breakfast and snacking. This position is a key partner for our Marketing and R&D teams.
Provides nutrition support for product development projects focused on CB&C’s “everyday energy” foods across our CLIF, LUNA & CLIF KID brands – from discovery through commercialization.
Shares insights, expertise and the Nutrition Strategy (NS) team’s tools to inform the identification of opportunities and creation of concepts and prototypes
Develops science-backed nutrition guardrails to inform the development of all products
Substantiates all nutrition claims and champions their consistent use across on- and off-pack communications
Inspires future innovation and business opportunities by …
Tracking and proactively sharing key nutrition trends and relevant emerging science
Conducting competitive assessments, including the development and maintenance of a competitive nutrition database
Identifying / Completing functional ingredient reviews linked to key consumer benefit areas
Builds / Maintains CB&C’s claims and policy library, supporting the creation of key, related policies and development of consistent claim substantiation criteria
Promotes an understanding of CB&C’s Nutrition POV, proactively leveraging it to inform the design and communications of our food.
Aids with the development and review of Marketing / Sales materials for our “everyday energy” foods, helping to ensure nutrition messaging impact, accuracy and consistency across the business
Responds to consumer, retailer, media and influencer nutrition questions, as needed
Supports Director of Nutrition Strategy on ad hoc science and communications needs (i.e. CB&C nutrition influencer program), as requested.
Position-Specific Skills Required
Be a genuine Clif Bar & Company ambassador, who embodies the Clif Bar Five Aspirations and Ingredients in all communications and interactions.
Be a motivated self-starter with strong organizational skills and a keen attention to detail.
Have the ability to identify, source and translate scientific research / nutrition insights into actionable recommendations and business opportunities.
Possess excellent communication skills and the proven ability to convey complex ideas in a clear, concise and consumer-friendly manner via oral and written communications.
Leadership Skills Required
Take ownership for actions, behaviors and contributions while inspiring and motivating self and others.
Be resourceful and highly accountable, taking ownership and responsibility for actions, behaviors and contributions.
Showcase the ability to prioritize work, successfully perform multiple tasks in a dynamic, fast-paced environment and adapt to address new projects and requests as needed.
Demonstrate flexibility, working effectively independently and as part of cross-functional teams.
Be able to connect, collaborate and effectively influence a variety of groups and personalities
Possess relationship building skills to work across the organization and with external partners, vendors and experts.
Technical Expertise Required
Possess a working knowledge of FDA and FTC labeling laws and regulations
Have familiarity with nutrition resources and databases (i.e. USDA Food Composition Database)
Be proficient in reading, interpreting and translating scientific studies and published papers
Demonstrate experience staying abreast of food, nutrition and policy insights and trends
Be a skilled writer and strong presenter with experience creating and effective delivering presentations to diverse audiences
5-7 years of experience in nutrition science, nutrition communications or regulatory affairs at or working with a consumer-packaged goods company
Experience working with foods / brands with an environmental sustainability focus, preferred
On-going training to support professional development and stay current on advances in nutrition
Approximately 10% of time
Take yourself lightly and your work seriously. And…bring your best self to work each day!
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About Clif Bar & Company
Clif Bar was born on a bike. In 1990, Gary Erickson set off on a 175-mile bike ride. Exhausted and hungry, he realized he couldn’t take another bite of the energy bars he brought along. In that moment he now calls ‘the epiphany,’ he had the idea to make a better tasting energy bar.
Today, Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford, husband and wife team, continue to lead Clif Bar’s innovative business model. Guided by Five Aspirations – Sustaining Our People, Business, Brands, Community and Planet – Clif Bar is a family and employee owned company that loves food. We believe that food provides health, joy and energy to do the things we are passionate about. The food we create is good for people and the planet.
We want to help our people live the lives they want to live so we’ve created an environment where our people can grow and succeed both personally and professionally. We strive to:
• Create a company culture that inspires and supports our people in and outside work.
• Sustain our people with competitive pay, innovative benefits, and holistic wellness offering.
• Hire the right people for the right positions and support them to grow in their current and future roles.
Working at... Clif Bar is a chance to make impactful changes. To your career. To your community. To the planet. And, to your life! Come make a difference. Join the Clif Bar Team!