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Product Development Technician - Ankeny, IA



Posted: 8/19/2015     Apply for this Position



Product Development


Ankeny, IA






Job Purpose:
Assists in Ankeny Product Development group, primarily assisting Food Scientists and Technical Data Analyst.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

1.    Prepares sales samples and other large batches of experimental formulas.  This can be dry seasonings or liquid products.

2.    Performs shelf life testing and cooks up product in application as needed to evaluate seasonings, sauces and other products in development.

3.    Assists with bench work as well as pilot plant work as needed as directed by Food Scientists.

4.    Assists with Ankeny SKU Rationalization project and private label samples.

5.    Assists with Sensory taste panels as needed.

6.    Documents experimental formula changes in SAP.

7.    Performs general cleaning & upkeep of laboratory.

8.    Shops for grocery supplies as needed.

9.    Other duties as directed.

Education / Experience / Skill / Competence Requirements:

Associate’s degree in Food Science, Culinary Arts, Food and Nutrition or other general science such as biology.
Bachelor’s degree preferred.

0 - 1 experience required, ideally in a laboratory or food service setting.


1.    Attention to Detail – Achieves thoroughness and accuracy by being attentive to detail in the planning and the execution of tasks including the ability to measure accurately.

2.    Mathematical Skills – Ability to use mathematical techniques to calculate data or solve practical problems.

3.    Reasoning – Ability to examine data to grasp issues, draw conclusions, and solve problems.

4.    Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting.

5.    Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; participates in meetings.

Microsoft Office.  SAP knowledge desired but not required.

Certification, Licenses, Registrations:
None Required.


EOE M/F/Vet/Disability


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