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Process Development Engineer - Food Manufacturing
Florence, KY




Job Description

At The Schwan Food Company, we are driven to bring our customers delicious foods and reliable services. That's how we grew from a "one-man-and-a-truck" delivery business in rural Minnesota to a multibillion-dollar private company with thousands of team members nationwide. Our commitment to delicious foods shows in all we do, from careful ingredient selection and quality food making to delivering a great experience wherever you shop and eat.


The foods we make reach customers in many ways. We deliver directly to our customer's homes through our popular food-delivery business, offer well-known retail brands such as Red Baron®, Freschetta®, and Tony's® pizzas, Pagoda® snacks and appetizers, and Mrs. Smith's® and Edwards® desserts, and bring innovative food solutions to our customers in the food-service industry. To learn more, visit us at


Schwan’s Shared Services, LLC is seeking a Process Development Engineer for our manufacturing facility in Florence, KY. This position is responsible for the investigation, development, improvement, and testing of advanced, new, or modified food processing techniques. The position also supports strategies in the areas of process development and engineering test runs and specification development.

Duties & Responsibilities:

·         Develops and commercializes new process technology and new processing equipment within Schwan's manufacturing and co-packer facilities.

·         Interfaces with manufacturing and operation engineering department to identify, educate, and implement major cost savings projects involving new processes, processing technology, and equipment.

·         Assists with development of training programs for operations personnel in executing and operating new processes and processing equipment in the areas of operation, maintenance and sanitation.

·         Works with other R&D groups, manufacturing, and engineering departments to develop process and equipment specifications for existing and new equipment or production lines including any improvement and/or changes.

·         Works with technology & product development and manufacturing staff to develop process or equipment to reach attainment goals of new or existing production line.

·         Develops, presents, and communicates proposals of new processing technology equipment or cost reduction opportunities, including determination of ROI and other benefits, process, or equipment specifications and estimated capital investment and production capacity and attainment.

·         Documents all work according to established procedures and guidelines and prepare various project reports to project personnel and leader to ensure complete communication of project status, progress issues, solutions, timeline, and accountability.

·         Develops and implement project plan and schedule.

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (Food, Industrial, Chemical, or Mechanical). Master’s degree preferred.

Years of Related Experience: 3-5 years related experience


·         Working knowledge of R&D product development flow from conception to product launch.

·         Ability to produce conceptual drawing with a CAD program, develop Process Flow Diagram (PFD) and Process & Instrumentation Diagram (P & ID).

·         Ability to perform cycle time studies and pay-back calculations.

·         Ability to write project proposals and reports.

·         Working experience in the development of instrument specification and the sizing and specification of equipment.

·         Advanced PC skills including Windows environment: word processing CAD program and spreadsheet.

·         Effective interpersonal and communication skills

·         Ability to taste and ingest any type of food product currently under development

The employing subsidiaries of The Schwan Food Company are Equal Employment Opportunity Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, age, race, color, religion, gender, vet status, national origin or other protected class.



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