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Food Technician - Massillon, OH

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Position Summary

The Food Technician is responsible for the accurate execution of the functional activities that drive successful commercialization of new products.  As a key member of the Product Development Team, the Food Technician will report to Shearer’s Product Development Manager while working closely with all members of Shearer’s Product Life Cycle & Innovation (PLCI) team. This position will also work with key cross-functional departments including: Technical Services, Purchasing, Processing, QA, Scheduling, and Manufacturing to ensure the successful completion of all Product Development projects and activities.



·         Coordinate, organize and prepare the collection of new and existing product bases in support of: new seasoning development, custom product sample creation, and, sensory and reference standard product benchmarking reviews

·         Organize and maintain new ingredient documents and specifications

·         Communicate and follow up with suppliers to secure any missing technical documents required for Product Development

·         Perform QA related product analysis including: salt titration, moisture and oil, chip weight counts, breakage studies, PDQ bag studies, and seasoning coverage

·         Lead production trials at plant level. Work with scheduling, operations, and procurement to ensure successful execution. 

·         Conduct product market surveys.  Collect products from the market, critique, study, and, document and report on findings

·         Support product (food) based continuous improvement products.  Projects may include- seasoning flow-ability study to reduce scrap, and, shelf life studies to improve code dating

·         Contribute to the organization of key product development considerations including allergen management, food safety and sanitation, nutritional information, code dating and other parts of Shearer’s commitment to GFSI compliance

·         Work with Seasoning Manager to clarify sample requests between product management and seasoning lab, provide additional support in seasoning lab, as well as assist with troubleshooting seasoning related challenges for production plants.

·         Work with Product Managers to recommend seasonings and bases, complete technical documentation, and provide sample request support

·         Work with the Food Technology Team to develop and maintain accurate and effective research and development log of new formulations, seasoning evaluations, and raw material evaluations.

·         Work with Product Development Manager to develop best practices and SOPs with regards to shelf life studies, product material evaluations and identify areas of opportunity for quality improvements. Support sourcing team in selection and procurement of ingredients.

·         Develop understanding of key metrics that drive Shearer’s growth, and work proactively to identify opportunities that positively impact the business

·         Build a working knowledge of all production lines and the processes involved in product manufacturing. Understand the impact of these processes on the finished product with respect to nutritional composition and regulatory compliance.



·         B.S. Degree in Food Science or related

·         Experience in the food industry in the areas of Product Development, Quality Assurance, or Manufacturing preferred

·         Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel

·         Excellent Math and Problem Solving Skills

·         An excellent ability to organize, record, and maintain details.


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