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Research & Development Technician - Websterville, VT

Land O’Lakes, Inc.





Imagine what you can do at Land O’Lakes. Our growth relies on extraordinary talent and boundless thinkers who are always looking for a better way and believe anything is possible. Like you, innovation and technology drive us.


At Land O’Lakes, you will also be part of a community with creative doers and dreamers, who want to make a difference. We work together combining our global perspective and direct access to the source to create practical, new solutions to meet agriculture’s toughest challenges.


Join the team at any Land O’Lakes location or with one of our retail-owners and you’ll sense the optimism, honesty and innovation that goes into everything we do. Together, we strive to feed human progress.


Job Posting Title:

Research & Development Technician

Job Description:

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 customers.


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.


Position Purpose:

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.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 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 progress.
  • 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 R&D.
  • Assist with maintenance of R&D related documentation (e.g.: product specifications, product formulas, etc.).
  • Monitor R&D supply inventory.
  • 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 Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Microbiology or related field
  • One (1) year plus of food manufacturing lab experience preferred


Competencies Skills Required:

  • Must be proficient in using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Able to perform basic mathematical calculations and analyses
  • Ability to interpret lab results
  • 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:

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.


Work 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 .


Neither Land O’Lakes, nor its search firms, will ever contact you and ask for confidential information over the phone or in email. If you receive a call or email like this, please do not provide the information being requested.


If you need to submit a reasonable accommodation request to complete the employment application process, please call the HR Solution Center at 844-LOL-HR4U (844-565-4748) M-F 8:00am-4:30pm CT.

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