Test Kitchen Manager
Premier Nutrition Corporation (PNC), a
subsidiary of Post Holdings, Inc., manufactures and distributes nutritional
food products to a health conscious consumer base under the brand names of PowerBar, Premier Protein, Supreme and Joint Juice.
Shattering typical industry organic growth rates, PNC is recognized as a
leader in providing innovative products which support healthy, active
lifestyles. PNC is profitable with a dynamic and integrated work
environment. PNC is seeking an individual who will enjoy this team-oriented
business environment and will be a leader in this high-growth company on
the way to being a world-class market leader.
PNC is the maker of Premier Protein shakes and
bars, PowerBar bars, shakes, gels and gel blasts,
Supreme bars and Joint Juice Glucosamine supplement drinks and concentrate.
PNC is operated by its own management team, with
publicly traded Post Holdings Inc. (Sales $5+ billion) as a holding company acting in a “private equity” capacity.
Post Holdings is comprised of the Active Nutrition (PNC, Dymatize¬¬¬ & Active Nutrition International), Post
Consumer Brands (Cereal), Michael’s Foods Group (eggs) and Private Label
business groups and is rapidly expanding via acquisition.
KEY RESULT AREAS:
This is a technical expert R&D position;
this position will coordinate all aspects of test kitchen operation to
support product development and assigned product development managers.
Prototype and bench samples
production/storage/shipping, raw ingredients/ bench samples inventory
management and documentation management will be in scope for this position.
This position will demonstrate joint
accountability (with R&D product development managers) for project
success by assembling prototypes and test kitchen samples and capturing
relevant formulation, processing and ingredients insights.
This position works with limited supervision.
Test Kitchen Management: 70 % of TIME
• Execution of Bench top activities under the
direction of other R&D team members (product development managers):
retrieving ingredients, mixing/blending/cooking/baking/forming/cutting per
recipe/instructions, packaging and labeling prototypes samples.
• Establish and maintain inventory management
system for all test kitchen supplies: raw and trial ingredients, packaging
supplies and finished products (bench top and relevant commercial samples)
by maintaining of agreed upon stock levels through re-ordering samples and
adherence to shelf life.
• Establish, validate and execute master
sanitation schedule for test kitchen.
• Establish, validate and execute food safety
plan for test kitchen operation.
• Ship and receive samples to/from various sites
and personnel via appropriate carriers.
• Set up, operate, clean/sanitize and coordinate
maintenance of test kitchen equipment such as enrobers,
Aw, viscosity meters, O2 meter, Multivac …).
R&D Documentation: 25 % of TIME
• Maintain ingredient specs and other relevant
information in Genesis and other formats as assigned.
• Test Kitchen documentation: ingredient/sample
records, inventory records, formulation and processing notes, cleaning
records, shipping records.
R&D department support: 5 % of TIME
• Provide insight into formulation and alternate
• Provide insight into trends and new technology
for future development projects.
• Education Level:
Required: BS Food Science, Food Engineering,
Biological Sciences, Chemical Engineering or similar disciplines.
Preferred: Advanced degree in a related field.
Required: 2 years’ experience in Food industry,
with significant hands-on experience in bench top/test kitchen/pilot line
sample production. Experience working collaborative in team environment is
o Demonstrated bench top/product development
skills with successful record keeping and adhering to deadlines.
o Ability to excel in dynamic fast paced business
environment, demonstrated ability to self-motivate and manage multiple
o Demonstrated ability to work effective in team
environment through excellent interpersonal, influencing and communication
skills (both written and verbal)
o Ability to travel to various sites as
o Demonstrated ability in bench top/test
kitchen/ pilot line sample production for nutritional bars, RTD and/or
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- Post Holdings provides
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without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation,
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