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Sr. Food Technologist - Fitzgerald, GA

Post Holdings, Inc

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About 8thAvenue

8thAvenue is a leading, private brand-centric consumer products holding company, manufacturing and selling private brand food products primarily to retail, foodservice, and ingredient customers. 8thAvenue Food & Provisions was formed in October 2018 through a combination of Post Holdings’ private brands businesses. The company is owned by Post Holdings and funds affiliated with Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (“THL”), a private equity firm.

Are you looking for us?

The feeling of pride you get when you see something you made being used to nurture the community around you is something you can’t replace. That’s what 8thAvenue Food & Provisions can do for you!

We are not only passionate about the products we make, but we also take pride in what we do! We believe it’s what’s inside that counts. Whether it’s inside our packaging or inside our facilities, you’ll find carefully chosen ingredients and people working together to make the best products possible.

We are a growing organization made up of businesses that produce quality products like Pasta, Peanut Butter, Fruit and Nut trail mixes, Granola, and a variety of other food products.

We’re looking for you! This is an exciting time to join our growing organization!

Position Summary:

The Sr. Food Technologist is responsible for developing new and maintaining existing nut butter products. This role includes new formula development, creation of benchtop samples and scale up activities that ensure products are successfully commercialized. This position works closely with plant operations and quality assurance to ensure formulas meet capabilities and can achieve consistent quality targets. The Sr. Food Technologist will also lead and manage internal R&D and innovation projects. This person will work with project teams to execute against timelines, ensuring samples, analysis and customer needs are met. Strong data analysis skills are required, with the ability to interpret and take action on key findings. The position will ensure accurate and appropriate record keeping and will aid in the creation and maintenance of specifications.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop new nut butter products
  • Maintain/update existing formulas
  • Lead plant trials and assist first production runs as needed
  • Accurately maintain R&D project records, proactively providing status reports, as required
  • Collaborate cross-functionally to achieve project objectives
  • Work with suppliers and procurement to approve suppliers and source new ingredients to aid in the development process
  • Assist in the RFP process with formula and sample development
  • Create, update and approve specifications (raw material, formula, finished product and/or process & packaging)
  • Participate and organize sensory evaluations for new and commercialized products
  • Participate in quality and process improvement opportunities
  • Keep current with changes in technologies and regulation for the countries we do business
  • Travel is required (US and Canada)

Education And Experience Required:

  • BS Food Science, Food Science & Technology or related scientific field
  • 4+ years’ R&D experience in the food industry
  • Strong time management, planning, experimental design, and data analysis skills with ability to problem solve independently
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with ability to communicate at all levels within the organization and externally (customers, suppliers)
  • Ability to learn our business, be a team player and enjoy working in a fast paced, team-oriented environment
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Good general understanding of business and financial principles
  • Demonstrated work ethic, integrity, and professional conduct

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Knowledge of Food Safety – FSMA, HACCP, GMPs, etc.
  • Knowledge of regulatory compliance for nutritional labeling
  • Working knowledge of Federal Regulations (FDA, CFIA)
  • Experience with Genesis or other nutritional labeling software
  • Experience with Product Vision is a plus
  • Experience with EyeQuestion or Sensory software is a plus

Physical Requirements:

Qualified candidates must be able to perform the following physical job requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Sitting at a work station for extended periods of time
  • Stand and walk on a frequent basis
  • Moderate lifting of up to 25 pounds
  • Use lab equipment – scales, colorimeter, texture analyzer, and others as needed
  • Safely work in a variety of environments including office, laboratory, and/or nut butter manufacturing plant settings where occupational noise and other hazards may exist.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)




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