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R & D Technician
Pennant Ingredients - Rochester, NY

 

 

 

To support the development of new products and adaptation of existing ones in line with best industry lab practices. Successful results require strong communication skills and the ability to work closely with team members as well as other disciplines within the Rochester factories.

Conduct Standardized Performance / Baking / Analytical Tests

  • Fully understand and execute typical bakery food performance and analytical evaluations.
  • Perform tests in lab, on pilot installations and assist in plant trials and initial runs.
  • Manage standardized performance tests, understand and verify variations.
  • Maintain complete, accurate records associated with all activities.

Make samples for demonstrations or internal and / or external purposes

  • Ensure analytical correctness.
  • Respect Quality Assurance criteria of samples (traceability, GMP, …).

Support specific projects in close collaboration with R&D Management

  • Travel, when necessary, ability to work at customers location (with technical support). Possible overnights.
  • Support R&D tasks during the product development / adaptation process.
  • Conduct analytical and application tests on bakery type products. Including,
  • Bakery Mixes
  • Patisserie Mixes
  • Fruit Fillings
  • Crème Fillings
  • Icings and Glazes
  • Evaluate new and alternate Raw Materials and compare to standards.
  • Maintain supporting documentation.
  • Demonstrate self-motivation and initiative

Lab Management:

  • Keep work areas clean, orderly and organized.
  • Maintain fresh stock of frequently used ingredients
  • Request laboratory supplies as needed.
  • Ensure that all equipment and tools are functioning properly.
  • Ensure efficient and respectful use of the R&D equipment and Plant areas.

Food Safety:

  • Report all food safety and quality issues to immediate Supervisor and take immediate action as defined in the site protocol.
  • Comply with food safety procedures upon new raw material selection, product development or modification and sample preparation.
  • Adhere to plant food safety protocols and training requirements.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for any other assignments or duties within the scope of the industry as directed by the Supervisor

Position Required Knowledge, Experience, Skills

  • Education: Minimum 2 year degree in Food Science or related field.
  • Experience in bakery food product development or related industry is a plus.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, English language
  • Basic Math, understanding and skills
  • ICT: Standard windows, Microsoft Office with proficiency in Excel
  • Ability to compare and distinguish differences in ingredients, materials and overall performance through taste, smell, touch and visual inspection. (including known allergens, wheat, milk, egg and soy)
  • Dexterity to allow the safe and efficient operation of various pieces of equipment including, scales, balances, ovens, fryers, mixers, etc.
  • Ability to lift up to 50.0 lbs.
  • Ability to stand for 6 or more hours during the work day.
  • Ability to work with known allergens, Wheat, Milk, Egg and Soy.

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Associate

Required experience:

  • food development: 1 year

 

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