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Product Process Plant Technologist (25363) – Brookings, SD

Bel Group




Job Id 25363 - Posted 09/14/2017 - Industrial Operations and Management - Brookings - United States - Unlimited-term

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Job Description Summary:

The product plant technologist oversees the quality of the products, understand and monitors the production processes.

He/She is also in charge to implement the innovation, renovation and industrial excellence project according the MBY development portfolio.


Essential duties and responsibilities


  • Representative of Innovation /Renovation and industrial excellence at the plant:
    • Is the primary technical resource at the plant for the development and implementation of MBY changes in process or recipe, and the creation of new formulas (Rennet, Starters, Salt, Calcium chloride…).
    • Coordinates and manages any development project (inno/reno or industrial excellence) through the development process with DAMs and the production department.
    • Is responsible for the respect of planning and procedures when performing trials. Can plan and optimize his/her activity, taking both DAM requests and factory constraints into account.
    • Is accountable for the validation of the performance level (raw material performance on the plant P&L: fat and protein usage in BOM, scrap level BOM and routing, off spec declass, volmas and curd, animal feed).
    • Communicates ideas/proposals concerning the projects managed by the DAM and coordinators.
    • Is also in charge to reach out the MBY platform / coordinators for the best practices through the 5 MBB plants through the DAM.


  • Trials preparation and follow up:
    • Is responsible for trials budget preparation in collaboration with the Development Account Managers.
    • Is accountable for the reliability of the results and the conclusion / recommendation of the trials.
    • Defines and sets-up a trial plan for the DAM, Coordinators or plant manager (with support from DAM if needed).
    • Processes data and carries out trial reports. Shares conclusion and recommendation with technical projects leaders or project teams.


  • Continuous improvement:
    • Works closely with all the supervisors on the daily production concerns including but not limited to process.
    • Oversees and makes adjustments to the daily cheese making processes when necessary.
    • Analyzes and follows-up on customer complaints to ensure the continual growth of Bel products.
    • Develops and maintains all necessary reporting to assess production performance. Partners with the Sr. Manufacturing Manager and the Process & Packaging Supervisors to set goals and KPIs for the department.
    • Ensures compliance with Company standards for cost control, off spec reduction, quality, OSHA, safety, and complete on-time delivery at lowest possible cost.
    • Proactively pursues any necessary improvement projects identified.
    • Is in charge of making diagnoses and continuous improvement in accordance with the deployment of the industrial performance program (KPI, PCS, Pilar, route team involvements).


  • Communication and leadership:
    • Provides leadership for employee relations through effective communication, coaching, training and development.
    • Is a key person in the implementation of projects (innovation, renovation, industrial excellence), change management and training of operators.
    • Leads and conducts meetings to rally the employees behind common goals.
    • Reports on current and future workload, giving visibility on the portfolio to the plant manager and DAM
    • Manages his/her projects on time and in full
    • Part of the management team, brings ideas or feedback on any topic belonging to the plant.


Qualifications and Competencies


  • Requires a Bachelor degree in Dairy or cheese process, and 3 to 5 years’ experience in the dairy industry.
    • Food industry Engineer or Dairy science degree + 2/4 years’ experience
  • Excellent communication (verbal, listening, and written) and interpersonal skills are necessary
  • Requires an individual to be self-motivated, work without immediate supervision and must be willing to be hands on.
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of MS Office software required- Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Strong organizational, analytical and communications skills.
  • Knowledge of continuous improvement tools and lean methods including Reliability Excellence is preferred.
  • Need to have flexibility to work any hours/shifts.



Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, reach above shoulders, taste and/or smell, or talk and/or hear.


The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds collecting samples and performing laboratory tests.  Specific vision requirements of this job include close vision, peripheral vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


Working Conditions:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.


The employee occasionally works in proximity to fumes or air-borne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and in non-weather related extreme cold. 


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Acknowledgement:  This job description describes the general nature and level of work performed by employee assigned to this position.  It does not state or imply that these are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to the job.  The employee may be required to perform other job-related duties as requested by the Bel Americas CFO and his associates. All requirements are subject to change over time and to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.


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