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Job Posting Title:
& Development Technician
Land O'Lakes Dairy
Foods division is a leading marketer of a full line of dairy-based
consumer, food service and food ingredient products across the United
States. This division also includes Global Dairy Ingredients that sells a
portfolio of value-added dairy ingredients (specialty powders, milk powder,
cheese, butter and whey) and offers expertise to large international
At Vermont Creamery,
we strive to produce the highest quality cheeses and dairy products using
local ingredients while supporting and developing family farms. We aim to
exemplify sustainability by being profitable, engaging our staff in the
business, and living our mission every day in the creamery. We care about
creating a great work environment for our employees and being a positive
contributor to the community and environment.
On those promises, we
obtained the B-Corp certification back in 2014. Our dairy products have won
more than 100 national and international awards. Our butters and cheeses
populate some of the most prestigious cheese boards in America. But what
makes us proudest perhaps is that we have sustained a team of family farms
and creamery artisans. Together we thrive making simply great cheese for
discerning, appreciative eaters, home cooks and discriminating chefs alike.
While under direct
supervision by the R&D and Aged Cheese Supervisor, the R&D
Technician has the primary duty of conducting the R&D trials related to
product/process improvement and innovation. This role involves development
of protocols, conducting the trials, collecting data and reporting results.
The R&D Technician will be highly involved in sensory testing and will
perform lab testing duties that may include physical and chemical tests as
well as microbiology plating.
- Conduct production and bench
top trials, including developing protocols, running the trials,
analyzing data, and reporting on results.
- At the direction of the
R&D Supervisor, collaborate with Marketing, coordinate the
innovation process by preparing for and attending weekly meetings,
building and maintaining development timelines and tracking project
- Perform lab analysis on
products during R&D trials or for specific requests, such as pH,
moisture, salt, fat and any microbiological testing.
- Conduct shelf life study
during product development.
- Collaborate on sourcing and
validation of all new ingredients.
- Follow all Vermont Creamery
Good Laboratory Practices (GLP’s).
- Schedule, prepare and lead
weekly sensory evaluation of finished aged cheese products, including
gathering all data, entering data into database, analyzing, and
reporting on results.
- Assist Vermont Creamery
R&D Supervisor with coordination of trials requested by Corporate
- Assist with maintenance of
R&D related documentation (e.g.: product specifications, product
- Monitor R&D supply
- Assist R&D Supervisor in
root cause analysis and corrective actions.
- Be involved in internal
auditing of GMP’s and HACCP.
- Other duties as assigned.
Education / Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Food
Science, Microbiology or related field
- One (1) year plus of food
manufacturing lab experience preferred
- Must be proficient in using
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint
- Able to perform basic
mathematical calculations and analyses
- Ability to interpret lab
- Comfortable and effective in
problem solving, dynamic, innovative, organized and detail oriented
- Must also have excellent
communication skills, work under deadline and be able to multi-task
Physical demands and
work environment 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.
While performing the
duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, sit, walk, use hands
to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; talk and hear, and
reach with hands or arms.
The employee is
frequently required to climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or
crawl. The employee occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 40lbs. Works
comfortably in variable temperature environment.
While performing the
duties of this job, the employee regularly works in regular office
conditions, a laboratory environment, production,
inside cooler or in warehouse.
Hours: 8 AM - 4:30 PM; This role will
require off-shift and weekend coverage as needed. The hours may
occasionally vary depending on production trial needs.
Note: This role is not eligible for any
relocation assistance. If you are chosen for this role, all
moving/relocation expense are the candidate responsibilities.
If you have questions,
please call the HR Solution Center at 844-LOL-HR4U (844-565-4748 ) M-F 8:00am-4:30pm CT.
Land O'Lakes, Inc. is
an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) M/F/Vets/Disabled. The company maintains
a drug-free workforce, including pre- and post-employment substance abuse
testing pursuant to a Drug and Alcohol Policy .
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nor its search firms, will ever contact you and ask for confidential
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