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Senior Food Engineer, Product Development - St. Joseph, MI
Whirlpool Corporation





Date: Mar 2, 2018

Location: St. Joseph, MI, US, 49085

Company: Whirlpool Corporation

Requisition ID: 13601 

Job Function: Product Development Engineering (40000045) 

Senior Food Engineer, Product Development


The Food Engineer will be responsible for the development and verification of culinary performance for freestanding ranges and built in cooktops. The engineer will own both the virtual and physical development of cooking accessories, cavity components, and the development of appliance algorithms to meet consumer expectations. The Food Engineer is also a resource for food science and food chemistry related knowledge and will serve as a technical consultant to others within the corporation.


Functional Overview


The Food Engineer will join the Cooking Performance Subsystem Teams which are responsible for new product development of freestanding ranges and built in cooktops globally.  The Food Engineer will represent the voice of the customer in project teams with respect to cavity and cooktop culinary performance.



  • Translate the voice of the customer to system, subsystem, and component level requirements.
  • Design and execution of cavity and cooktop components with respect to culinary performance including heating elements, convection systems, utensils, racks, trays, griddles, and grills.
  • Creation, verification, and validation of advanced cooking and sensing algorithms to provide best in class culinary performance.
  • Connecting consumers to their kitchens in new ways as subject matter expert for Internet of Things and App Software teams.
  • Technical project management, schedule, resource management, and risk analysis, related to modules, components, and algorithms owned.
  • Lead through others with planning, training, and facilitation of laboratory technicians. 
  • Continuously improve the planning, processes, and procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness.


Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree with 3 years of related work experience OR Masters Degree with at least 1 year of related work experience.
  • Degree major in Food Engineering, Food Science or related science/engineering.
  • Related work experience includes Appliance, Consumer Goods, or Food Industry experience.
  • Experience with product development tools such as A3, DFMEA, DVP&R, Stage Gate Development Plans, etc. 


Preferred Requirements

  • Advanced knowledge of food chemistry and heat transfer.
  • Kinetic modeling of reactions in food.
  • Ability to analyze mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Knowledge of control theory and control systems.
  • Demonstrated project management and computer skills.
  • Ability to travel within the US and global design centers.
  • Black Belt/Opex/Six Sigma experience.
  • Knowledge of Consumer Reports or other consumer agency evaluation methodologies.




Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the number one major appliance manufacturer in the world, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 97,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. We stay true to our philosophy that says good business begins by not following but leading. Our brands and products help people make the most of time so they can focus on making the most of moments that matter. At Whirlpool Corporation, we believe that all people matter. Celebrating diversity and including thousands of perspectives empower us to create products that blend into every concept of home. Whirlpool Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.
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