Food Scientist

Madison, WI

Regular Full-Time

Requisition ID: 1478

Clasen Quality Chocolate (CQC) is a world-class manufacturer of chocolate and innovative coatings.  We have recently been awarded the Top Workplaces Award by the WI State Journal – No. 2 Large Employer and the Benefits Award. CQC has been growing double digits annually because of our flexibility, commitment, respect and integrity, and we are looking for quality individuals to join our team.  Working for a family-owned company provides you with the opportunity to wear many different “hats,” make a difference every day, and have fun doing it!  We are committed to being an Employer of Choice in Southern Wisconsin and offering our employees a variety of traditional and unconventional benefits.

We are currently accepting applications for a Food Scientist in our Corporate Office on the East side of Madison, WI, ranked “#1 Best Place to Live” by The position requires up to 20% travel and will report to the Research and Development Manager.

Job Summary

The Food Scientist position owns the product development process from concept to commercialization.  The Food Scientist works directly with sales and technical contacts at major food companies to formulate coatings, chocolate and fillings designed to meet the sensory and nutritional requirements of the project.  Scientists also work closely with operations and internal cross functional teams to develop new innovative products and execute operational excellence.


  • Health, Dental, Vision Insurance (Low deductible and copays, LASIK reimbursement, Adults orthodontics)
  • Company-paid Life and Disability Insurance
  • 401(k) Match – up to 5%
  • Paid Vacation, Personal and Volunteer days plus 11 holidays
  • Paid maternity/paternity leave
  • Wellness: Free fruit, insurance discounts, gym and run/walk/bike event reimbursement, free wellness checks
  • Scholarships – Employee, spouse, and children
  • Summer Camp Reimbursement – children of employees
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Employee appreciation events
  • Free chocolate and coating!
  • Onsite Fitness Facility
  • Annual Bonus Potential – 5%+

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create formulations and bench top samples for internal and external customers – quickly, accurately, and within agreed time frame.
  • Hands on bench top work in the lab working with compound and chocolate.
  • Lead formulation scale-up from bench-top to production.
  • Complete detailed documentation of all research projects.
  • Communicate directly with internal and external customers regarding projects, applications, specification, and manufacturing issues.
  • Procure technical documentation for new raw materials.
  • Develop technical specifications and process specifications.
  • Conduct research for quality improvements, cost optimization, process improvement and innovative ingredient and process technologies.
  • Assist with internal and external customer technical issues regarding ingredients, formulation, and manufacturing.
  • Assist and work on formulating and manufacturing coatings, chocolate, and fillings in a small scale lab environment.
  • Perform all tasks assigned by supervisor, while following all company, safety, and quality policies and procedures.
  • Travel to industry tradeshows, conferences, suppliers, customers, and/or CQC facilities.
  • Maintain regular attendance at work.



  • B.S. or M.S. in Food Science, Food Engineering or related field.
  • Minimum 3 years of product development experience in the food manufacturing industry
  • Experience with compound coatings, chocolate or confections is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to provide superior customer service, where flexibility to meet customers’ needs is essential.
  • Demonstrated multi-tasking skills working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience working with cross functional teams.
  • Must have acceptable driving record and valid driver’s license



  • Work near allergens, such as peanut, tree nuts, dairy, and soy.
  • Project management skills
  • Strong communication skills – verbal and written
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Autonomy
  • Strong motivation to innovate
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Customer focused
  • Detail oriented
  • Problem solving and logical reasoning skills

CQC is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability, protected veteran status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.  EEO Poster