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Senior Food Technologist - Siloam Springs, AR 72761
Responsible for the development of new products and / or improvement of existing products to meet strategic business objectives and provide customer support. Assumes complete ownership for a range of products. Develops a sense of the complete product line integration of the customer rather than just project management. Work is conducted largely independent of the supervisor although they are to be continually updated on project progress.
ESSENTIAL POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES
Project, Product Champion. Fits new customers into our existing array of products or develops line extensions or product improvements for existing customers. Meet with customers independently of supervisor, with sales account manager to define scope of new projects. Assist in evaluation of target brand evaluation and monitoring efforts. Demonstrate leadership qualities with respect to product design capabilities with strong communication skills.
Product Development. The role spans the full length of the product development cycle, which includes conceptual development, formulation, implementation, validation and continuous management and improvement. Products must be continuously improved to remain contemporary in response to target brand changes or customer needs. Works closely with the technical staff of customers or suppliers. Develop, bench test, scale-up, and commercialize new products/technologies in accordance with guidelines established in Project Initiation Request. Factors include product attributes as well as development costs, finished product costs, and timing. Demonstrate product and project ownership to ensure that all parameters are optimized. Plant tests will be scheduled and supported throughout commissioning phase, with the ability to develop a contingency plan as needed.
Nutritional, Regulatory and Finished Product Compliance. Utilize existing product formulation approach to assure finished product nutritional adequacy (label and nutrition claim) applying statistical data from key raw materials (z values). Develop a label deck from a master formula which considers all potential processing locations. Submit product for analytical or animal testing as required by supervisor and summarize results. Participate in project teams to evaluate product non-conformance incidence with products under their responsibility. Collect and analyze information as required to analyze raw material/process interactions.
Process, Operations and Supply Chain Support. Lead supply chain initiatives including formula transfer among plants, evaluation of new suppliers of raw materials, increased or decreased use of existing raw materials, and evaluation of processing parameters. Assist in process evaluation testing as required by supervisor. Develop knowledge of critical process points in conjunction with process engineering group. Summarize results of previous tests and of sequential processing conditions or runs for a particular formula to assist in troubleshooting and data interpretation.
Physical Activities: Enters and locates information on a computer. Visually verifies information, often in small print. Communicates with Customers, Vendors, or Employees via telephone, in person, and/or electronic mail. May present information to small or large groups. Must be able to work in various temperatures. Move about in a manufacturing environment, kitchen environment, office environment, and surrounding property. Lifts heavy boxes, equipment or other required objects (up to 50 lbs.) as needed. Will use laboratory/kitchen/cooking equipment.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): As needed in required environment.
Travel: Travels domestically to and from multiple facilities or work-sites or customer visits, often requiring overnight stays. Approximately 25% travel.
Technical Experience: Minimum 3 years' experience in product development and/or technical services is required.Must have excellent computer skills with respect to the Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with Concept 5 is a plus. Will be expected to quickly learn company business integration software suites. Strong data entry skills are required (accurate and efficient). Intermediate to advanced level skills in Excel and PowerPoint as well as experience preparing documents for presentation. Experience in commercial product development and in the pet food or food industry is desirable. Knowledge of nutrition and food formulation is a plus. A working knowledge of applicable regulations in various countries is desirable.
Industry Experience: R&D knowledge/experience in applicable food industry preferred.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree in Meat Science or Animal Science, or Food Science, or 4 years related experience.
Preferred Education: Master's degree in related field.
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