Research & Development Technician - 17690
Ė Salem, OR
The Research & Development
(R&D) Technician is responsible for the support of Research and
Development (R&D) initiatives by supporting product development
projects from concept to commercialization. Responsibilities include
formulation of new products, conducting product testing, preparing R&D
samples and managing plant trials.
Essential Job Duties
new products and innovations through all stages of product introduction
(concept, bench-top, sensory testing, plant trial, commercialization, shelf
life, nutritional verification) while staying within specified parameters
(cost, label claims, targeted flavor and customer profiles) at all
manufacturing sites. This includes taking the lead in selecting, designing
ingredients and process parameters.
test plans for R&D projects that will be executed in a lab/production
environment. This includes deciding processing parameters, scheduling
arrangements and prioritization working with plan management and corporate
when bench work and trial work are on track with the project goals, making
adjustments to process and/or ingredients to address the issues
present. Works closely with suppliers and have the authority to
manage them to ensure receipt of ingredients that meet our project goals while
communicating with the performance feedback and recommendations
prototypes and executes experiments to support R&D evaluations.
R&D sample documents.
in facilitation of in-house and contracted sensory testing, including management
of sensory panel samples and standards; and sets up, cleans up, and
supports sensory evaluation meetings.
and manages production tests to successfully meet project objectives.
Supervises production line resources when conducting trial work and will
have temporary responsibility for directing manufacturing site staff to
support testing plan and direct them on required analytical work to execute
trial work in lab or plant environment owned by the company or by a
co-packer or supplier including the authority to adjust process and or
ingredients to achieve the intended goal of the work.
the finished product against targets and goals for taste, texture, and
other nutritional requirements
with suppliers to tap into their resources for direct ingredient needs or
use of their R&D resource
Technical Services and troubleshooting support to Operations and Quality
Assurance which provides technical direction and improvement to the
analyze, and execute new product/process improvement and cost savings
opportunities. Make recommendations to immediate management of the
analyzes and reports data to meet project objectives.
organization, storage of equipment/materials and clean-up of R&D
various administrative duties, such as sample management, data entry, and
competitor products and development activities.
to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP),
and Safety Regulations consistently.
perform other duties as required.
Scope of Responsibility
job exercises discretion and independent judgment in new product
development, prototypes, experiments, samples, evaluations and
innovations. It operates with a moderate to high level of autonomy.
Knowledge and Skill Requirements
of working within a laboratory environment.
of food manufacturing, quality and food safety systems, sanitation,
allergens, SOPís and safety protocols.
computer skills using Microsoft Office products.
to accept and interpret direction competently and professionally.
to perform tasks independently and as part of a team to accomplish goals.
manage priorities and dynamic deadlines.
flexible and positive in a fast-paced business environment.
time management and communication.
to utilize problem-solving and analytical skills.
data collection and analysis skills.
food science knowledge.
to build on otherís ideas.
writing and effective communication skills.
and positive in a fast-paced business environment.
to work in accordance with safety and food safety policies.
to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
and team skills for working with employees at all levels within the
to work in an environment with medium level safety risks.
English language literacy; oral and written communication skills.
Education and Experience
Degree in Food Science and Technology; a minimum of 1 year of experience in
food manufacturing is required. Salty snack and non-genetically modified
organism (GMO) project experience preferred.
required 20-30% of the time.
- R & D/Quality
- United States-Oregon-Salem
- Mktg, Innovation, R&D_Innovation Center(D1960)
EEO Disclosure - Snyderís-Lance is an Equal