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R&D Pilot Plant Scientist – Twin Falls, ID





Research & Development Twin Falls, Idaho


As a Research and Development Scientist, you will work with the Pilot Team to lead the daily operation and maintaining of the processing equipment.  You will also lead and support R&D Scientist and/or R&D Managers in carrying out their projects and duties in adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP).

The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Set up, operate and perform routine maintenance/PM of pilot plant equipment, including but not limited to all process equipment and lab testing devices and instruments.
  • Identify problem root cause by observing mechanical systems and devices in operation, listening for problems and using precision measuring and electrical testing instrumentation and other troubleshooting methods.
  • Prepare for all quality inspections and commissioning work by reviewing construction and monitoring plans, specifications, product submittals, product installation manuals, photos, current quality inspection and test reports, etc.
  • Apply all company quality standards while performing inspections, audits, and commissioning of high tech Greek yogurt processing equipment.
  • Lead projects and make recommendations to the teams on dry ingredient management in the plant
  • Lead cost saving/optimization initiatives
  • Assist in the planning and execution of pilot trials to develop new products under the direction of the R&D Scientists
  • Lead and assist industrial trial in the Twin Falls plant as well as our South Edmeston plant.
  • Initiate the department with overall R&D program improvements and utilize Root Cause Analysis when necessary.
  • Complete site-specific quality/testing/commissioning plans based on requirements and Chobani standards.
  • Order ingredients and lab supplies internally and through external vendors.
  • Log all incoming ingredients by projects, arrange for adequate storage and develop tracking and inventory system to keep track of samples and ingredients in the R&D lab.
  • Assist with clean-up and maintenance in the laboratory and pilot plant as well as ingredient and finished good storage facilities.
  • Keep accurate records of trial data as well as laboratory work. Collect and prepare data for further analysis, prepare basic lab reports under guidance of Scientist/R&D Manager.
  • Coordinate with internal department’s management of shipments of ingredients to vendors within US and overseas as well as finished good sales sample dispatch in coordination with regional sales managers.
  • Assist in day to day operations, including production of sales samples.
  • Participate in physical, chemical, and sensory evaluation of food ingredients and finished products.

The requirements of this position include:

  • Minimum B.S. Food Science or related degree. Advanced degree strongly preferred.
  • 5-7 years of food industry experience required, dairy is preferred
  • Prior experience in food industry manufacturing and pilot plant/lab set up highly preferred.
  • Familiarity with Lean product development, basic research tools and statistical analysis.
  • Highly versatile & technically talented individual who can work on highly complex equipment and processes
  • Maintain clean & safe manufacturing environment within all facilities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, good MS Office skills
  • Ability to work independently and in group settings.
  • Experience in operating or maintaining manufacturing equipment in a food / beverage environment preferred.
  • Working knowledge of GLP (Good Laboratory Practices) and cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices).

About Us:

After moving to New York from his native Turkey, Chobani’s founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya found that in America, yogurt just wasn’t as delicious and widely available as it was back home. He believed everyone deserved better options, so he set about making delicious, nutritious, natural and accessible Greek yogurt right here in the United States.

“Better food for more people.” It’s a simple precept, but one that drives Chobani forward every day. From that first revived yogurt factory in New Berlin, New York, to a gleaming state-of-the-art facility in Twin Falls, Idaho, to an international foothold in Dandenong, Australia and beyond – in the few short years since its debut, Chobani has climbed to the top of the yogurt category and turned Greek yogurt into a household staple.

With a growing team of thousands, Chobani strives to stay true to and honor Hamdi’s vision and goals for our company: To develop and foster meaningful relationships with those around us, to give back to our local and global communities, and to create one perfect cup of yogurt at a time.  As a company, we’re proud to offer careers with limitless opportunities.  We look for only the most passionate and hard-working people who will share this vision and help our rapidly growing company reach the next level.  Chobani gives us all the chance to make a difference.

Chobani is an equal opportunity employer.  Chobani will not discriminate against any applicant for employment on any basis including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, predisposing genetic characteristics and genetic information, or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws.


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