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R&D Food Technologist
Riverbend Foods, LLC. - Pittsburgh, PA





Riverbend Foods is a privately held food manufacturing company based in Pittsburgh, PA. We are a leading manufacturer of private label condensed and ready-to-serve soup, baby food and gravy packaged in cans, glass jars and Tetra Recart formats. Sales of the business were approximately $210 million in 2016. The company is owned by a proven private equity firm, who is committed to the on-going expansion of the business with a commitment to quality and healthy products.

Position Purpose:

Manages the design/plan/validation and implementation of new products, line extensions, product improvement and technical service for Bay Valley Foods that meet product offering requirements.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Performs complex technical assignments with high value to the company under general direction (overall objective achievement)
  • Performs all responsibilities of Sr. Associate Food Technologist with higher project throughput.
  • Develop information for and issue product specifications, ingredient specifications, in-process control points and testing requirements.
  • Lead technical expertise on cross-functional project teams and technical oversight of internal and external manufacturing start-ups and ongoing technical service.
  • Demonstrates ability to influence project direction by providing technical input to the planning and decision making process.
  • Functions as Technical Leader for technical focused projects, providing direction and monitoring various associates, support groups or contractors as project dictates

Daily / Periodic Tasks

  • Design, execute and analyze experimentation.
  • Independently determines and develops technical approach to solutions on product development teams.
  • Supports, coordinates and conducts trial and start of up of new products. Finalize product and process specifications for start up of new items.
  • Communication to cross-functional group management.
  • Identifies and resolves technical conflicts, including resources, to ensure projects meet business expectations.
  • Conduct all activities in compliance with established safety standards and Good Manufacturing Procedures (GMP).

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors Degree Required
  • Master's Degree Preferred
  • 2-4 years of food industry experience required
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to represent function in a team environment
  • Ability to Interact and collaborate with cross-functional groups: Marketing, Market Research, Procurement, Plant Management, Engineering, Vendors, Consultants, etc
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision in technical disciplines.

Riverbend Foods provides competitive wages and benefits including Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability, 401(k) with match and vacation time.

Riverbend Foods is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (AA/EOE)

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

Required experience:

  • food industry: 2 years


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