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Career Opportunities: R&D Intern (17601)

Req Id 17601 - Posted 08/04/2015 - La Crosse, WI



Who is Great Lakes Cheese?

Great Lakes Cheese is celebrating over 50 years of Excellence in Cheese Making! Since 1958, Great Lakes has grown rapidly by acquisition, plant expansions, investment in the best technologies for production and distribution – and by setting high industry standards for service.  Currently, Great Lakes serves the nation’s retailers and food service operations with nine strategic facilities across the U.S. We earn this proud tradition of award-winning quality and customer satisfaction every day.

GLC’s Mission:

To be a leading manufacturer and supplier of consistently high quality cheese products. We will achieve this through our commitment to outstanding customer service, innovation, dedicated employees, and business partnerships. Our environment of open communication, integrity, and mutual respect encourages everyone to go beyond what is expected. We believe that profitability is a success only if the customer, the suppliers, the employees, the communities, and the company benefit.

Benefits of working at GLC:

Great Lakes Cheese’s success hinges on the dedication and professionalism of our people. From our inception, we have created and maintained an environment for employees to learn, develop their careers and enjoy mutually rewarding relationships, recognition and earnings. As we have grown throughout the years, we have kept the small company, family feel, even as a billion dollar organization. Point in case, our employees participate in an ESOP Plan, where they own approximately 20% of the company. In addition, we offer competitive benefits that include Medical, Dental, Life and Long-term Disability Insurance, 401(k) Plan, an Employee Assistance Program and tuition reimbursement.

Position Description

The R&D Internship will provide an opportunity for a Senior student to use their educational training, in conjunction with a “hands on” experience in cheese processing at Great Lakes Cheese, to build their skill sets in R&D and Formulations. The length of the internship will be developed to accommodate the student’s availability during his/her summer break and is anticipated to be a 10-12 week program. The internship will be conducted at Great Lakes Cheese’s La Crosse, WI plant and will require the student to be located within reasonable commuting distance.


  Assist with creation and testing of process cheese formulations.

  Group sheet and formula audits.

  Test & Analyze control and finished product samples.

  Compare control samples to finished product samples.

  Work with the Formulations Manager on sample maintenance and coordinate testing procedures to assure proper testing to meet customer quality expectations.

  Organize the sample cooler based upon project status.

  Run pilot plant equipment.

  Maintain record of all experiments.

  All GLC employees are expected to perform any assignment or job task according to the stated safety policies and procedures.

  All GLC employees are expected to produce and promote our products and services in a manner that exceeds the quality and value expectation of our customers and consumers by adhering to Good Manufacturing Practices, Policies and Procedures outlined in our Safe Quality Food Program.

  Other responsibilities as assigned by the manager.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills

  Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Food Science or related field.

  Senior status.

  Basic understanding of Microsoft Office including Outlook, Excel and Word.

Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills

  SAP experience.

  pH meter and CEM microwave experience.

  Mechanical aptitude.

Working Conditions

  Repetitive work in a fast-paced production environment with average temperature of 55-75 degrees F.

  Hair nets, ear plugs/muffs, hardhats, cut proof gloves and/or safety glasses may be required.

  Ability to frequently handle material from floor-to-waist, waist-to-shoulder, shoulder-to-overhead and pushing/pulling/carrying.

  Ability to constantly stand/walk; bend/flex/extend/twist neck and back; frequently grip/reach/lift/pull with L/R hands.

  Product weight: up to 50 lbs.


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Great Lakes Cheese is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



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