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.
and Responsibilities include the following:
- To perform this job
successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential
- 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
- 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
- Serve as technical advisor
for new product development on new or existing products and
- 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
- Maintain professional and
technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing
professional publications; establishing personal networks;
benchmarking state-of-the-art practices; and participating in
* 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
- 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.
- Candidate must be able to
travel up to 30% to our various harvesting and processing geographical
Job Type: Full-time