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Product Development Technician II - La Farge, WI 54639

Organic Valley 

 

 

 

 

 

Job Category Quality Assurance, Research & Development

Position Product Development Technician II

Location La Farge, WI

Full Time Yes

Job Duties The Product Development Technician II will be responsible for assisting in product formulation, sensory analysis, and the day-to-day duties within the Product Development department. The Product Development Technician will also work with the Production, Quality Assurance and Marketing departments to support product quality.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Answer technical questions about our ingredients, products, and processing facilities as posted on Organic Valley intranet (respond to forum questions and aid customer service as needed)
  • Manage the online file system for all ingredients and vendors
  • Participate in the development of product formulation, through approval of external vendors for all ingredients and services
  • Work closely with laboratories for product testing, coordinating shipment of samples, and maintain results
  • Assist in sourcing ingredients, coordinating laboratory prototypes, trials, and maintaining filing system.
  • Apply scientific concepts in conducting basic research and existing product research and development of foods.
  • Manage and coordinate shelf life program for current products
  • Holds the confidential and proprietary information received from CROPP in strict confidence and exercises a reasonable degree of care to prevent disclosure to others.

 

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain ingredients samples library and ingredients specification files.
  • Provide nutritional and specification support to other departments as needed.
  • Coordinate sample analysis and maintain results.
  • Perform laboratory analysis such as pH, moisture, viscosity, and density and maintenance of processing equipment in laboratory pilot plant.
  • Design technical reporting methods in excel to streamline data entry.
  • Departmental budget tracking as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelors Degree in Food Science, Dairy Science (preferred), or related science degree & 1 years related experience OR
  • 3 - 4 years of experience in a food development lab.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to be a team player.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize deadlines.
  • Must be able to taste and work with milk, cheese, butter, soy, cultured and flavored dairy (may contain alcohol residues) products, and dried dairy products.

 

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