new products, new ingredients, production techniques and new formulas.
Record and assess results in reports to management. Provide technical
service to customers.
Essential Responsibilities and Specific Duties:
Oversee the process to complete projects in pilot plant, including
projects using the steam kettle, spray dryer, glatt
or other equipment. Report and evaluate results. Maintain equipment in
working and clean order.
Perform tests on new formulas to evaluate actual results compared to
predicted results. Assist with formula and product end use evaluation.
Perform tests on current production materials as required by customer
requests or complaints.
Test and suggest alternate ingredients in order to evaluate suitability
for substitution in an existing production situation.
Maintain integrity of R&D laboratory environment through accurate
test design and set up, good sanitary practices and maintenance of
equipment in good working order.
Maintain accurate files of all R&D work completed.
Assist in adapting R&D formulas to full production quantities.
Provide technical assistance in the operational goals to meet production
requirements. Develop tests to allow quality control to evaluate
functionality of finished goods.
Stay current with new technology and developments and maintain
professional contacts with individuals and organizations.
Participate in scheduled meetings.
Work Experience Requirements
Familiarity with principles of spray drying is essential to successfully
perform job. Must be able to operate pilot plant equipment including,
steam kettles, homogenizer, dryer, plate heat exchanger, and Glatt. The ability to design tests and accurately
report them is needed. Working well with others, problem solving, good
communication and ability to work independently are all skills for good
job performance. Mechanical and computer skills are a plus.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Must be able to work on
their feet for extended periods of time. Will be required to lift and
carry large boxes. Work environment may be noisy, wet, and slippery and
hot at times.
Doctorate Degree in Physical Chemistry and Food Science, Food Technology,
Food Chemistry or closely related physical science area. Masters Degree will be considered. Five years experience in a food laboratory in a dairy or
spray drying facility.
All the above duties and responsibilities are essential job functions.
All job requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge,
skills and/or ability deemed necessary to perform the job proficiently.
This position description is not to be construed as an exhaustive
statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. Employees may be
required to perform any other job-related instructions as requested by
their supervisor, subject to business needs.