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R&D Food Processing Engineer
DRC & Associates, Inc. - San Juan Bautista, CA





3 year new state of the art R&D center & Food Processing facility with an iconic family owned company seeking a R&D Food Process Engineer to lead the development and optimization of new or existing product and processes of fresh-cut vegetables, from seed selection to final customer.

The R&D Food Process Engineer is knowledgeable about process engineering, physicochemical properties of foods, microbiology, and has an understanding of how machinery is designed, functions and interacts with food. Under the supervision of the Research & Development Director, the R&D Food Process Engineer will lead the design, coordination and execution of research and trials; he/she will develop recommendations accordingly and help drive product and/or process decisions for the business.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  • The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Conduct research trials for the optimization of fresh-cut unit operations to maximize efficiencies, quality improvement and cost reductions of new and existing processes and/or products, including proof of concept testing, technical feasibility, scale-up and manufacturing trials of proposed projects.
  • Collect and analyze data, deduct the significance of the experimental results and provide conclusions, recommendations and next steps to team members and stakeholders in technical project reports.
  • Determine quality and/or process improvement parameters by identifying and applying root cause analysis, activities and statistical methods relevant to manufacturing processes intended to eliminate or significantly reduce non-conformances. Establish (where relevant) statistical confidence by identifying sample size, acceptable error and determining confidence intervals.
  • Advise on the design, optimization and commissioning of new equipment, including recommendations for validation, verification and monitoring of process controls.
  • Serve as technical advisor for new product development on new or existing products and operational specifications.
  • Supports Operations, Transportation, Marketing and Sales teams for product launches.
  • Support R&D laboratory activities and management, including lab equipment maintenance and development of R&D SOPís.
  • Support open communication between R&D and Technical Services, FS&Q, Manufacturing, Ag Supply and other business units to accomplish common project goals and milestones.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state-of-the-art practices; and participating in professional societies.

Education and/or Experience Required: * BS Food Engineering, Food Technology, Food Science, Agricultural Engineering or related field. Advanced degree is preferred. * 5+ years of commercial experience in food processing, preferably in the fresh-cut produce industry.

  • Excellent data management and analytical skills, statistics (Statistical Decision Making, ANOVA, DOM, SPC, etc.) mathematical reasoning and related software (Minitab, Statistica, Microsoft Office Package).
  • Knowledge of Spanish language will be a plus.

Other Qualifications

  • Candidate must be able to travel up to 30% to our various harvesting and processing geographical areas.

Job Type: Full-time


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