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




Job Description:

The Food Technologist manages the design/plan/validation and implementation of new products, line extensions, product improvement and technical service for Riverbend Foods that meet customer product offering requirements.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Manage product development projects to include: formulation development, bench top testing, sensory evaluation, obtaining and evaluating new raw materials (ingredients) as applicable, documenting all testing undertaken within the project and the results (both internal and customer testing/evaluations).
  • Performs complex technical assignments with high value to the company under general direction (overall objective achievement).
  • Develop information for and issue product specifications, ingredient specifications, in-process control points and testing requirements.
  • Exhibits a strong understanding of existing systems, business functions and new technologies.
  • 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.
  • Independently determines and develops technical approach to solutions on product development teams.
  • 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).

Daily Tasks

  • Design, execute and analyze experimentation resulting in dry blend seasoning and dry pasta formula development for use in dry dinner finished good products with high project throughput.
  • Lead technical projects involving multiple plant locations including transfer, set-up and start-up qualifications of products moving between plant locations.
  • Provide on-going technical expertise to assist QA with troubleshooting issues with product, process and packaging in plant production as needed.
  • Supports, coordinates and conducts trial and startup of new products. Finalize product and process specifications for startup of new items. Provide necessary controls for sensory approval by QA during and following hand-off of new products.
  • Provide formulation input into Genesis software and development of tentative label specifications for internal and external review.
  • Continuously develop technical expertise, enhanced by internal presentations and external seminars, to stay current in emerging technology, trends and regulatory requirements directly applicable and mentor peers with knowledge gained.

Skills, Experience and Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food science or related field required.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, task oriented cross functional team environment.
  • Strong formulation capability – lab & pilot plant. Experience in technology development including scale-up to pilot / commercial scale.
  • Hands-on formulation experience; understanding of ingredient interactions / functionality.
  • Experience interfacing with a manufacturing environment.
  • Solid project management skills. Good communication skills – written and spoken. Strong competency in Dry Blend Product Development and work related experience.
  • Must be a self-starter, independent worker, energetic and resourceful.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to mentor and coach less senior associates
  • 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
  • Working knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Genesis and SAP

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

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