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Food Technologist - Stillmore, GA


Position Summary

Provide technical assistance and leadership to the development of all new canned and fully cooked products and the optimization of existing Crider products.


General Purpose

Assist in the R&D Center in every chore related to the development of new products and for process enhancements. Provide leadership to the R&D Technicians in their job efficiencies and maintaining the R&D Center in an organized and presentable fashion. Work closely with the Sales Team in meeting their expectations for the development of new products and the shipping of samples.


Role Qualifications

  • Provide knowledge, skills and responsibilities necessary to lead the R&D team and the duties associated with this position. Willingness to learn new techniques and skills that would advance the capabilities of this position.


Position Responsibilities

  • Manage the specifications for both canning and Cook Plant operations.
  • Assist with sample preparation, and mailing/shipping of samples.
  • Assist with sensory evaluation studies
  • Must oversee the duties, work habits and efforts of the R&D Technicians.
  • Assist with drained weight testing and data testing collection.
  • Become proficient in the use of the Omnion pH and salt/sodium analyzer.
  • Perform Thermal Process data collection for certification.
  • Assist in product cuttings.
  • Assist with the setup, operation and cleaning of all test equipment.
  • Run errands for R&D, when needed.


Essential Skills and Experience

  • It is critical that this person communicate well, both verbally and written, with their supervisor(s) and their peers in a dynamic environment.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Organized and reliable.
  • Capable of using computer, certain lab equipment and common computer office programs in order to generate reports and record data.
  • Math skills with a basic understanding of chemistry, physics and general food safety.


Preferred Relevant Skills and Experience

  • Must have a bachelorís degree food science preferred.
  • Clerical experience necessary for computer competency and communicative skills.
  • Attention to details.


Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • Physical Demands: Employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands and fingers, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with arms, climb stairs, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk and hear. Lifting occasionally up to 50# is required. Specific vision abilities required by the job include: close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job the employee may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level at work is usually moderate to loud.
  • Work Demands: Work may include weekends, nights and extended days to complete the necessary tasks.


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