Technologist Associate - Saint Charles, MO 63303
Bunge Limited (www.bunge.com, NYSE:
BG) is a leading global agribusiness and food company operating in over 40
countries with approximately 32,000 employees. Bunge buys, sells, stores and
transports oilseeds and grains to serve customers worldwide; processes
oilseeds to make protein meal for animal feed; produces edible oil products
for consumers and commercial customers in the food processing, industrial and
artisanal bakery, confectionery, human nutrition and food service categories;
produces sugar and ethanol from sugarcane; mills wheat, corn and rice to make
ingredients used by food companies; and sells fertilizer in South America.
Founded in 1818, the company is headquartered in White Plains, New York.
Manages and leads small to medium size
projects to develop and introduce new products, improve product quality,
productivity, process technology programs and capacity changes in Bunge North
America supporting dry milling (wheat, corn, rice, ancient grains), masa,
functional flours and extrusions (DX and Pellets). The incumbent has a major
impact on the technical organization and provides high impact support to
project teams. Innovation from idea generation through proof of concept to
commercialization while creating new processes or operating procedures that
lead to competitive advantage for Bunge. Works with Marketing, Sales,
Procurement, vendors, co-manufacturers, consulting firms, universities,
research organizations, and raw material and equipment suppliers. Manages up
to three small to medium (product relocations,
flavor extensions, base food improvements, promotions, food/ingredient news
or moderate capital < 1 MM).
- Assuming the role of innovator,
project leader and technical problem solver teaming with cross-functional
partners including other Technologists, Quality, Regulatory, Product
Management, Marketing, Sales, Engineering, Operations, Procurement and
- Developing, managing, organizing,
and coordinating projects while increasing level of understanding of
products, processes and methods.
- Being actively involved in
innovation/customer solutions including process development, product
formulation, design of unique unit operations and plant start-ups.
- Participates in Market Research
when possible. Develop prototypes corresponding to top scoring ideas in
order to define food objectives for customer development.
- Fully documents all project
formulas and testing results and inputs customer test formulas and
official formulas into Accolade formulation system.
- Ensures that formula undergoes
evaluation prior to customer testing. Works with Procurement to
determine ingredient availability/cost information.
- Determines critical ingredient
specification parameters and communicate these to Quality and
Regulatory. For new ingredients works with Regulatory and Quality to
ensure sufficient information flow. Ensures
ingredient approved prior to customer testing.
- Schedules equipment and provide
test plan to the pilot plant operations team for all scale-up and
testing. Ensures adequate raw materials, resources, and timing for pilot
- Works with Quality and Regulatory
to identify potential allergen and safety issues. Ensures these are
communicated as early as possible to the team. Also confirms that
nutritional requirements are met.
- Sets up appropriate shelf life
and sensory testing plans in accordance with the distribution and
customer requirements of the product.
- Works with Engineering to
understand and define process needs and capabilities as they relate to
the targeted production line. Provides tentative formula and processing
parameters to plant engineering teams to support the development of the
CAPEX package. Engineer in identifying issues and making
preparations for plant testing.
- Leads plant testing and startup
preparation. Converts development formulations to production formulas.
Writes and issues plant test/start-up plans and effectively communicates
verbally and in writing to stakeholders as appropriate. Executing the
startup plan, addressing start-up issues, and participating in general
startup activity. Attends and support daily team meetings and food and
ingredient reviews during production startup
- Submits test samples for
chemistry analysis to generate nutrition labeling information and
provides input to Regulatory to generate nutritional information to
ensure product labels are correct.
- Works with Packaging support
personnel to coordinate testing as it relates to packaging material/food
interactions, pack fit, and distribution.
- Assists Quality and Operations in
establishing the Quality parameters, specifications and supporting
- Works with cross functional teams
to refine/optimize the process, reduce cost of goods, and resolve
Competencies for Product Development Technologist:
- Makes recommendations on and
develops new products and processes with some supervision.
- Often incorporates technology
from other disciplines in the development of new products.
- Maintains basic understanding of
industry trends, competitor technologies, and regulatory issues.
- Reviews and critically assesses
market research trends and provides recommendations on customer
- Develops the plan for completing
the product development phase of a project. Provides significant input
toward resolving conflicts in the project timeline. Manages conflicts
between timelines of different projects.
- Able to develop test plans to
execute small and medium project tests and startups with support.
- Demonstrated ability to
creatively solve problems that arise during plant testing and scale-up.
- Has the ability to proactively
plan for potential barriers and pitfalls before they happen. Achieves
objectives even in the face of major resistance & challenging
- Uses communication and
documentation skills to influence project direction and product
- Able to proactively identify
needs and develop both internal and external resources to meet them.
Coordinates activities of internal and external resources.
- Identifies and coordinates
resources to solve technical problems in an efficient and timely manner.
Sets performance goals and provides clear and specific expectations.
- Position requires Bachelor of
Science degree in science or related field with 1-2 years of related
experience OR a Master of Science degree in Food Science or related
field with no experience.
- The incumbent must possess
leadership, cost consciousness, communication skills, and diplomacy that
will promote good relations with all facets and other technical and
scientific disciplines in the effective execution of projects to
accomplish Corporate and Area objectives and demanding schedules.
- This individual must be able to
function effectively as a Project Manager, Planner, Coordinator,
Communicator and Technical Expert.
- Travel to, and work in, manufacturing
or test facilities is typically required 30 to 50 percent of the time.
International travel includes developing countries with exposure to
additional stress relating to food, health and safety risks, and
prolonged time away from home. Also, projects frequently require working
beyond the normal workday hours, shift work, and on weekends. Operation
of process equipment may be necessary.
Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex,
sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin,
citizenship, age, disability or military or veteran status, or any other
legally protected status. Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled