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Food Technologist or Associate Food Technologist - Collegedale, TN





Collegedale, TN

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Full Time


Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (other hours as required by business needs)

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Best known for Little Debbie® snack cakes, America’s leading snack cake brand, Sunbelt Bakery® granola products, and Drake’s Cakes®, McKee Foods Corporation is seeking a Food Technology Professional to join our Product Development Team.  With a solid understanding of the food development process, the individual in this position will assist with and/or lead in the development of new products, provide technical assistance for various stages of product development and troubleshoot processes and ingredients to improve quality and cost-savings.  This is an exciting Food Science opportunity to work for a company that is committed to providing consumers with quality products at an excellent value.  McKee Foods is a privately held, family owned company with a 50+ year history of innovation and treating employees with respect, and a deeply held belief in the importance of doing business with integrity. 

Join our Product Development Team and you will

·        Create new products from conceptualization through commercialization.

·        Interact and communicate effectively with multiple departments.

·        Serve on project teams to provide technical expertise related to product design needs.

·        Conduct scientific research, focusing on ingredients and food systems and their applications in new products and existing products.

·        Make formula changes for product improvement, process improvement, cost initiatives, waste reductions, and internal and external customer requests, including requests for health claims or other nutritional claims.

·        Reformulate existing formulas due to supply chain interruptions, working within the ingredient statement and Kosher requirements in order to use existing packaging.

·        Stay current in Food Science trends, the competitive environment of our products, and the food processing marketplace.

Experience, Knowledge and Skills Required

·        B.S. in Food Science or related technical discipline.

·        Understanding of the product development process, including stage-gate methods.

·        Ability to organize and prioritize multiple projects.

·        High level of initiative, assertiveness and self direction.

·        Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

·        Ability to excel in a project team environment.

·        Strong personal computer skills.

·        Willing to travel to branch plants for extended time periods as required.

Preferred Qualifications

·        M.S. in Food Science or related technical discipline.

·        Familiarity with bakery processes and equipment (mixing, depositing, ovens, proofers, fryers, etc.).

·        Familiarity with lab equipment and procedures.

·        Experience with formulations and ingredients for baked and fried goods.

·        Training and experience in the design of experiments or LEAN Manufacturing.


·        Competitive pay scale.

·        401(k) with matching contributions.

·        Health insurance, including prescription drug plan.

·        Dental insurance.

·        Vision care plan.

·        Life insurance.

·        Paid time off (for vacation, holidays, sick time, personal time, etc.).

·        Direct deposit payroll.

·        Credit Union.

·        Shift differential pay.

·        Exercise and recreation facility.

·        Profit-sharing program.

**We are an Equal Opportunity Employer**
EOE AA Minority/Female/Veteran/Disability


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