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R&D Technologist

New Glarus, WI
Jack Link’s Beef Jerky



Employee Type:



New Glarus, WI

Job Type:

Manufacturing, Research


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Job Description


Jack Link’s Beef Jerky began with treasured family recipes passed from generation to generation, transforming a small North Woods business into one of the fastest-growing meat snack manufacturers in the world. Over the years, as consumer demand for convenient, high-quality snack foods increased, so has the company’s product offerings. Today Jack Link’s is the fastest-growing meat snack manufacturer in the world, and sells more than 100 different meat snack products in more than 40 countries. The Link family principles and traditions remain the same: hard work, integrity and a commitment to earn consumer respect by delivering the best-tasting meat snacks in the world.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: The duties and responsibilities of this position shall consist of, but not be limited to the following:

  • Write, observe, obtain measurements, organize data, and aid in the evaluation of R&D new product development tests and process improvement tests. Communicate instructions and coordinate with various plant departments to follow tests through the system. Prepare test samples for shipment to appropriate parties.
  • Independently conduct tests with minimal oversight, primarily in the snack stick plants (New Glarus, Bellevue, Mankato), but may include other locations.
  • Measure and evaluate process variation and yields. Investigate process deviations. Measurements include physical properties like weight, diameter and length; chemical properties like Aw, Ph, and moisture; temperature, humidity, sensory panels, and shelf life studies. Interpret data and report or act on results.
  • Evaluate process data from co-packers.
  • Maintain various process control and R&D documents, such as plant allergen wash down charts, blend calculator, formula master, label setup sheets, pickle calculator, and seasoning specifications. Prepare written specifications for new products and changes to FSQ (food safety & quality).
  • Observe and assist with new product initial production runs in the plants; interacting with purchasing, operations, quality & engineering departments.
  • Maintain records of samples in storage. Keep storage areas neat & orderly.
  • Participate in in-house technical presentations by ingredient & equipment suppliers.
  • Participate in the innovation process for new idea generation.

Job Requirements



    • Bachelor’s degree in food science or related field.
    • Basic knowledge of food/meat processing and/or preparation.
    • Basic understanding of statistics
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel required.
    • Team player with excellent communication skills
    • Able to work in cold/hot/wet conditions
  • Intense natural curiosity, good listener, strong work ethic, and exacting attention to detail

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