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Product Development Technician
Organic Valley - La Farge, WI

 

 

 

The Product Development Technician will be responsible for assisting in product formulation, sensory analysis, and the day-to-day duties within the Product Development department. The Product Development Technician will also work with the Production and Quality Assurance departments to support product quality and the implementation of the product lifecycle management (PLM) software.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Answer technical questions about our ingredients, products, and processing facilities as posted on Organic Valley intranet (respond to forum questions and aid customer service as needed)
  • Manage the online file system for all ingredients and vendors
  • Participate in the development of product formulation, through approval of external vendors for all ingredients and services
  • Work closely with laboratories for product testing, coordinating shipment of samples, and maintain results
  • Assist in sourcing ingredients, coordinating laboratory prototypes, trials, and maintaining filing system.
  • Apply scientific concepts in conducting basic research and existing product research and development of foods.
  • Manage and coordinate shelf life program for current products
  • Taste and work with milk, cheese, butter, soy, cultured dairy products, and dried dairy products.
  • Holds the confidential and proprietary information received from CROPP in strict confidence and exercises a reasonable degree of care to prevent disclosure to others.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain ingredients samples library and ingredients specification files.
  • Provide nutritional and specification support to other departments as needed.
  • Coordinate sample analysis and maintain results.
  • Perform laboratory analysis such as pH, moisture, viscosity, and density and maintenance of processing equipments in laboratory pilot plant.
  • Design technical reporting methods in excel to streamline data entry.
  • Departmental budget tracking as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelors Degree in Food Science, Dairy Science (preferred), or related science degree preferred.
  • Two years of experience in a food development lab is preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to be a team player.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize deadlines.

Reports to: Product Development Group Leader

Job Status: Regular/Full-Time

Wage: DOE

Location: La Farge, WI

Email Human Relations: hr(at)organicvalley.coop .

Fax: 608-625-3071

Organic Valley
One Organic Way
La Farge, WI 54639

 

 

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