R&D Lab Technician – Lakeville, MN
Post Consumer Brands
Job ID 4062457Date posted 02/23/2017
# of openings:4
purpose of this job is to assist in the development of new and improved
products and packages. The individual is responsible for providing
technical support and project work in laboratory, pilot plant and plant
environments. Support, implement, and maintain food safety practices.
Will be responsible for completing job duties in a manner that supports all
plant safety, food safety, quality, and environmental practices.
JOB ACTIVITIES / DUTIES
1.Participates in the development, scale-up and production of new and
improved products, packages or test lot materials.Operates
laboratory equipment in a consistent and accurate manner according to
approved methods. Understands and complies with all food safety and
food manufacturing policies and procedures.
2.Conducts experimental designs under direct supervision.Compile, analyze and summarize data
into report form.Test summaries require an
evaluation of results, generation of reports, graphs and statistical analysis
including making recommendations.Obtains and
handles samples from cereal production plant/equipment locations to analysis
in a safe and sanitary manner consistent with the information required and
compliant with GMP's
3.Supports and/or conducts plant tests, packaging projects or production
trials under direct supervision.This
includes, but is not limited to, preparation of samples, preparation of test
formulas, packages and participation in plant-based trials or experiments.
4.Obtains samples and technical information about products that includes but
is not limited to, direct measurements of product or package attributes,
processing or packaging measurements, production data or quality measures.
5.Conducts studies in laboratory and cereal production plant/equipment
locations in a safe and sanitary manner.
6.Conducts routine and non-routine laboratory evaluations of products
(chemical, physical and sensory testing).
7.Be available as a technical resource to other technical functions and to
corporate departments, including but not limited to Quality Assurance,
Manufacturing, Engineering, and Sales and Marketing.
8.Maintains complete records of procedures followed, as well as observations
and results obtained from product or package measures.
9.All other duties as assigned.
Education: Some post-secondary chemistry, biology, mathematics,
statistics or food science or equivalent experience. Four-year degree in a
technical field (e.g. chemistry, food science, physics, biology) preferred.
consumer products experience. Understanding and experience in
manufacturing processes, GMP's, general food processing, statistics and
laboratory techniques. Product development or quality assurance
Skills: Possess excellent problem solving skills. Ability to work with
a personal computer: word processing, spreadsheets, graphing and have
demonstrated math/statistical computation skills. Ability to work
safely in and around food processing laboratory, pilot plant and plant
equipment. Ability to compile, analyze and present collected data in
summary form as well as being capable of performing a variety of tests.
Must be able to communicate both written and verbally. Works on
cross-functional teams; ability to build strong working relationships.
Infrequent independent work.
Other:Able to work
evenings and/or weekends. Some travel is expected (up to 20%).
Ability to lift 25 kg. Must be able to read, write, and communicate in the