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Research Technician (6701) - Boca Raton, FL




Req Id 6701 - Posted 07/11/2016 - United States - Florida - Boca Raton - Research & Development - American Sugar Refining, Inc. - Full-time



ASR Group is the world’s largest refiner and marketer of cane sugar, with an annual production capacity of more than 6 million tons of sugar. The company produces a full line of grocery, industrial, food service and specialty sweetener products. Across North America, ASR Group owns and operates six sugar refineries, located in Louisiana, New York, California, Maryland, Canada and Mexico. In the European Union, the company owns and operates sugar refineries in England, Portugal and Italy.  ASR Group also owns and operates mills in Mexico and Belize.  The company’s brand portfolio includes the leading brands Domino®, C&H®, Redpath®, Tate & Lyle®, Lyle’s® and Sidul®.

The Research Technician will perform bench top experiments in support of new and existing products.  The position will support a variety of projects to include new product and line extension development; alternate ingredient evaluation; quality improvement; and productivity programs.   Additional responsibilities include the preparation and testing of finished product using standard lab and food preparation equipment; recording experiments in laboratory notebook; cleaning lab and lab equipment;  maintaining ingredient inventory; ordering raw materials; products tasting; setting up product reviews with R&D and cross functional team members; and developing and writing specifications. Minimal travel to other company work sites may be required and will be based on the needs of the business.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The position includes the following and other duties and special projects may be assigned:

·        Execution of development activities as assigned, including dispensing of raw materials, generation of product samples for internal or external evaluation

·        New product and line extension development, alternate ingredient evaluation, and quality improvement  

·        Under the guidance of the Sr. Research Scientist, prepares and tests finished products using standard lab and food preparation equipment

·        Follows established procedures while cleaning lab and lab equipment and assists with the performance and documentation of periodic sanitation and safety audits

·        Adheres to established General Manufacturing Protocols (GMP’s)

·        Maintains accurate ingredient/raw material inventory

·        Aids in the facilitation of and participates in sensory testing (a.k.a. product tastings)

·        Observes and participates in product reviews with R&D and cross functional team members

·        Develops writing specifications as assigned

·        Responsible for maintaining a neat, clean and orderly work area

·        Follows R&D standard operating procedures to document experiments and results in development batch records/protocols and/or laboratory notebooks

·        Maintains timely, accurate, and complete reporting of routine and special project information

·        Keeps Manager informed, both verbally and in writing, of any issues within assigned area of responsibility

·        Effectively communicates status updates to Sr. Research Scientist

·        Work with product/process development to establish formulation methods that ensure the production of consistent quality products



·        Ability to organize workload, prioritize responsibilities, meet deadlines for deliverables, and multi-task on several projects individually as well as in a team environment

·        Ability to use creativity and successfully apply newly learned concepts to daily tasks

·        Must be detail oriented to ensure accurate execution of projects and tasks  

·        Ability to maintain and operate laboratory equipment according to equipment instructions and SOP’s

·        Ability to learn and utilize new computer-based systems and experimental techniques

·        Strong problem solving skills with the ability to work independently and/or as part of a team

·        Must have excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills

·        Proficient in MS Office such as Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.

·        Must be 18 years of age or older and be eligible to work in the United States

·        Must successfully complete all pre-employment screenings and drug test

Required Education and/or Experience

·        Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution with a major in Chemistry, Biology, Food Science, or related science field plus 6-12 months of applicable experience

Preferred Education and/or Experience

·        Experience with Genesis Software is highly preferred

·        Some applicable work experience in a food manufacturing or pharmaceutical lab environment is highly preferred

Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.



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