Research & Development Formulation Specialist

Farmers Union Industries, LLC, also known as FUI, is a leading agricultural based manufacturing company based in Redwood Falls, MN. FUI is a premier provider of specialized products, providing superior value and services to our members and customers. Our current operations include Central Bi-Products, Northland Choice, Midwest Grease, Artex Manufacturing, Pet Care Systems, Redwood Farms Meat Processors, and Performance Pet Products. FUI currently manufactures in 8 facilities in a three state area, including: Redwood Falls, Long Prairie, Waite Park and Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; Mitchell, South Dakota and Estherville, Iowa. For more information, visit

Job Title: Research & Development Formulation Specialist
Location: Mitchell, SD
Reports To: Director of Operations

Areas of Accountability

All areas of accountability to be delivered in a manner that aligns with the values and business strategy of Farmers Union Industries, LLC.

  • Product Development
  • Product Improvement
  • Quality Management
  • Formulation Support

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage technical aspects of new products and product improvement from concept to production (formulations, packaging, etc.)
  • Develop ingredient and finished product specifications
  • Work one-on-one with customers to produce formulas
  • Report the progress/status of program implementation to manager of food safety, regularly
  • Maintain all documents to support formula accuracy and product label compliance standards, feeding guidelines, nutritional adequacy, and advertising claims
  • Provide technical support in statistical analysis, problem solving, product disposition, and risk assessment related to products
  • Develop and screen product for product quality improvement initiatives and cost savings
  • Improve existing products to ensure best performance and cost optimization
  • Work with all functional areas to ensure product is developed in an efficient and timely manner
  • Coordinate and lead incident management and investigation for consumers and customers
  • Ensure all company, food safety, and product quality requirements are met in all formulations and provide support where needed

Situations may arise that require employees to temporarily or permanently assume responsibility for tasks not specifically outlined in this job description. Employees may be requested to work additional hours and/or accommodate a heavier than normal work load.


  • BS degree in food science, biology/microbiology, animal nutrition, animal science, or related majors, required
  • 1-2 years of experience in food industry with focus on developing SOP, HACCP and FSMA plans
  • Co-manufacturing experience, preferred
  • Proven experience in and understanding of principles of formula development and testing
  • Strong understanding of Good Laboratory Practices requirements
  • Positive interpersonal skills and the ability to work well within a team setting
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all departments of the organization
  • Results oriented, creative and innovative
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite – Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Travel up to 30%, annually

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