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Food Technologist (20101) – West Chester, PA
Keystone Foods 




Requisition Id 20101 - Posted 09/18/2017 - WEST CHESTER - PA (R&D) - Food Safety / Quality Assurance





Food Technologist

Keystone Foods is a global food services company that supplies the world’s finest consumer brands with high quality, fresh and frozen animal protein products including poultry, beef, fish and pork.  If you have not heard of us, we have been in business for over 50 years and our customer base includes some of the most popular restaurants and brands in the world.  We are currently looking for a Food Technologist to join our team!  This position reports to Senior Research and Development Project Manager and will have the opportunity to work with team members across the globe.  Our ideal candidate will be able to work well in a fast-paced environment, handling a variety of detail-oriented tasks with a positive attitude, strong work ethic and professionalism.  This position will be located in our corporate office in West Chester, PA.

The role provides strong scientific & technical guidance to team members and supports projects to deliver innovative and competitive products / processes in response to business and consumer needs.

Primary responsibilities include formulation and bench-top work, physical/analytical testing, pilot plant runs, plant trials and associated documentation of experiments, specification creation, and some project management tasks.  Mandatory GMP and safety document creation are also responsibilities of this role. 


Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

·        Working in partnership with the Sr. R&D Managers, responsible for managing small projects, bench-top product development, and all related commercialization activities.  Conduct tests, with or without the assistance of technical staff, and record observations and data, including transcribing information to computer records and discussing results/recommendations with Sr. R&D Project Managers.

·        Creates culinary samples in the Test Kitchen. Maintains accurate and complete records of testing, assisting Pilot Plant Manager in maintaining paperwork and documentation for USDA programs and Keystone FSQ programs.

·        Schedules weekly project activities in Test Kitchens and coordinates with Pilot Plant staff on: Pilot Plant schedule, job planning, scheduling, coordination of ingredients and equipment, communication with Project Managers and support staff. Prepares product for sensory panels and presentation to customers and Keystone management. 

·        Organizes and maintains the Test Kitchens.  Assists with the sanitation and maintenance of the Test Kitchens. 

·        Manages ingredient and raw material inventories, orders replacement ingredients, organizes and maintains storage areas. Ships samples to customers.

·        Drive innovation within the Keystone organization, including process re-engineering, elimination of waste, and optimization of current processes.



Ideal candidates will have:

·        A BS in Food Science, Meat Science, Poultry Science, Culinary, Food Engineering, Food Chemistry or related field

·        Preferred is a MS, Culinary Degree in Food Science, Meat Science, Poultry Science, Culinary, Food Engineering, Food Chemistry or related field

·        1-3 years of experience (including internships) in the food industry

·        Microsoft Office skills and competency with nutritional software database and internet research.

·        Ability to multi-task and work independently in a fast-paced environment.

·        Skill in exercising a high degree of initiative, judgement, discretion and decision making to achieve organizational objectives, with an ability to problem solve and facilitate solutions with limited direction.

·        Strong organization, customer service and communication skills.

·        Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with ability to work with cross functional teams.

This description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the job incumbent.  It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of duties and responsibilities of employees assigned to this job.  Incumbents may be asked to perform other duties as required. 

Keystone Foods is a socially responsible, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.


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