Senior Food Technologist - Buffalo, NY
The Senior Food Technologist will be responsible for Gluten Free Product Development for all new products, product maintenance and product improvement. Collaborate with cross functional teams to ensure successful development and commercialization of new products, product improvement or cost reductions. Conduct routine, non-routine and complex research and development activities concerned with the chemical, biological and/or physical complexity of Gluten Free formulations in order to develop new products and evaluate and improve the quality of existing products and related processes.
New Product Development/Product Improvements/Cost reductions (80%)
∑ Develop protocept and prototype products using research lab, pilot lab, manufacturing facilities and equipment that meet project criteria.
∑ Lead, manage, and conduct plant trials to validate formulas and processes including process capability study. Train Operations and QA personnel on critical product attributes and process controls.
∑ Responsible for the development of raw materials and finished product specifications for internal and co-packed products.
∑ Provides solutions to a wide range of difficult problems by applying advanced technical knowledge and extensive experience.
∑ Sets up, operates and maintains pilot lab and research lab equipment.
∑ Selects and evaluates raw materials.
∑ Designs and conducts shelf life studies, including product and package performance under various conditions.
∑ Works with outside labs, universities, co-packed manufacturers, ingredient suppliers and equipment vendors as needed by project activity.
∑ Manages and conducts multiple, independent and complex research and/or development projects. Defines project objectives, organizing and prioritizing tasks and conducting experiments and analyses.
∑ Coordinates and completes small and medium projects or manages segments of larger projects. Defines project objectives, organizing and prioritizing tasks and conducting experiments and analyses.
∑ Performs measurements and statistical analysis.
Technical Support (15%)
∑ Serves as subject matter expert for the corporation to help educate the corporation on companyís current and future product and process capability/versatility and provide product solutions.
∑ Provide technical support to Marketing, Sales, Manufacturing, and external customers in the areas of product features and benefits, product solutions, and ingredient functionality.
∑ Plans and conducts presentations of new and existing products to staff and/or customers.
∑ Performs related responsibilities, as needed, to support Rich Products Corporationís business objectives.
∑ Provide technical support to Operations to resolve product related production issue by identifying root cause, develop technical solutions, and implement changes including training QA/Operations personnel on findings.
∑ Documents all formulas, process development and tests which have been conducted and records results of such tests according to department protocol.
∑ Prepare and document all plant validation trials according to department protocol.
∑ Ensures the work environment is sanitary, safe, and orderly.
∑ Maintains a sanitary, safe and orderly work environment
Bachelorís Degree in Food Science or related field required plus 4+ years of Gluten Free Product Development experience, or MS in related field and 2+ years job related experience. Gluten Free Product Development experience required with proven results in bringing lab developed products to large scale production. Must also have experience leading project teams on technical complex projects.
PC Skills (Excel, Word, database, statistical software) and the ability to create spreadsheets, computer analysis, report writing, and presentations
Ability to work effectively with R&D peers, Project Team members and plant personnel to drive results
Ability to coach/lead less experienced R&D associates
Ability to collaborate with customers to determine requirements and design tailored products
Strong communication skills and influence management skills
Travel Requirements: Travels regularly (up to 35% of time)
Buffalo, New York, United States
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