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Food Technologist
Defiance, OH


General Description

Evaluate new products, new ingredients, production techniques and new formulas. Record and assess results in reports to management. Provide technical service to customers.

Duties and Responsibilities

· Assist in 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.

· Assist customers with technical service. Take sample requests, fax and send requested technical information. Calculate necessary nutritional information.

· 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.

· 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

To perform the job successfully, one must be or become familiar with principles of spray drying; operating pilot plant equipment including, steam kettles, homogenizer, dryer, plate heat exchanger, and Glatt; the ability to design tests and accurately report them is needed.

Must work well with others, have good problem solving and communication skills, and have the ability to work independently. Mechanical and computer skills are a plus.


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.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Physical Chemistry and Food Science, Food Technology, Food Chemistry or closely related physical science area is required. 2 - 5 years’ experience in a food laboratory in a dairy or spray drying facility.




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