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Senior Technologist II - Walnut Creek, CA

 

Description To advance Del Monte Fruit Research & Development projects from concept through commercialization. This position is responsible to lead research and development projects resulting in the commercialization of new food products, improvement of existing products, relocation of products between production facilities, value engineering, and technology development to enable new product development or cost improvement as assigned by the Project Manager.

The functions performed by this position are the execution and accountability of projects by designing & conducting experiments, recording of experimental data, leading cross-functional teams, and communicating of results to the Project Manager by means of progress reports, product examinations and laboratory reports.

The incumbent in the Sr. Technologist II position is expected to have strong product formulation skills, in addition to good project planning skills which would enable him/her to independently plan, coordinate, perform, and be accountable for all aspects of a project (including but not limited to: project design & timing analysis; cost analysis; sourcing raw materials; prototype development; rapid protocepting; data analysis & interpretation; managing chemistry & lab analysis; assessing process integration & co-packing feasibility; ensuring products are developed within Nutrition, Regulatory, and QA guidelines; and managing product stability & shelf life testing).

The position may also be required to supervise the department's support staff (i.e. technicians), coordinate new product / production start-up, and lead the operational troubleshooting efforts at manufacturing installations. This includes technical service projects such as formula qualifications, product-package interactions, process scale-ups, and cost optimization initiatives.

The problems most often encountered in this position are solving complex technical problems related to the development, manufacturing, and / or modification of the food products and processes.

The greatest challenge is to achieve the desired research results within the product image, cost, and time guidelines set forth for the multiple projects he/she will be working on. The incumbent may at times be required to travel to various Company installations, co-packers, or suppliers.

The Sr. Technologist II performance is measured on his / her ability to efficiently organize and plan for complex projects, scientifically conduct research projects using experimental design, and his / her ability to work with other technologists within the food group, other laboratory groups and personnel at the other Del Monte Foods facilities. The incumbent in this position is expected to show progression in the ability to execute complex projects requiring extensive technical expertise and detailed project planning skills prior to promotion.

SPECIAL PROJECTS:

The incumbent may be asked to prepare and conduct special cuttings of samples and collect product data.

To support Exploration Phase of Product Development cycle, technical evaluation of adjacent category products is expected.

Proactively generate and develop innovative product and process ideas.

Work closely with Purchasing to establish and reinforce new & existing relationships with suppliers & vendors; establish the framework for evaluating contingency suppliers and raw materials.

Provide special technical input and assistance in regulatory & labeling, nutritional, and packaging.

Pull together project plans and presentations for upper management alignment and review.

KEY CONTACTS:

The incumbent's most significant contacts within the Company are daily contacts with other groups within the technical center and periodic contact with Leadership Teams, Marketing, Market Research, and Operations. Contacts with outside supplier representatives will also occur.

Requirements BS degree in Food Science, Chemistry, Food Engineering or Chemical Engineering

Minimum 7 years R&D experience

Must be able to travel by plane and be capable of travel for extended periods of time.

Must be able to work in a factory environment dealing with equipment and raw ingredients.

Able to perform physical labor; may be required to lift up to 50lbs and maneuver around equipment.

Must be able to conduct plant tests and commissionings.

Able to effectively lead a group.

Able to comprehend written instructions; possess mathematical dexterity.

Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, Genesis; able to learn new programs as necessary.

WE OFFER:

* Competitive salary

* Comprehensive benefits package including Medical, Dental, Vision, * 401(k) and Pension Plan

Del Monte Foods, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, medical condition, disability or any other legally protected status.

Please be advised that your application is not complete until you fill out, sign, and submit an Application for Employment for a specific position for which Del Monte Foods, Inc. is actively recruiting. Your application must reflect that you possess the required qualifications for the position.

No sponsorship is available for this position.

No agencies or 3rd party vendors.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Type Full-time

Location CA, Walnut Creek

 

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