Sr. Food Technologist - Hershey, PA
The Hershey Company
Location: Hershey, PA
general direction assume responsibility for undertaking and executing product
and process optimization projects of varying importance, complexity or
scope. Undertake projects as assigned and make suggestions for
initiation of projects or their abandonment as experience allows.
Provide updates to project teams and management throughout the company that
allows for timely decision making and the execution of testing schedules in
an expedient and effective manner. Assume responsibility for
participating in project design and methodology, problem solving through
application of knowledge and original thinking. Identify, develop and
validate product and process optimization projects through preparation of
experimental formulations and process designs, bench and pilot scale
development and manufacturing trials. Participate in projects up to and
including implementation, to include product and process support, training
and process sustainability initiatives. Close collaboration with
R&D, Regional Technical Solutions, Finance, QRC, Manufacturing and
Marketing will be required. Under general direction, take initiative to
secure from such resources for all pertinent advice, ideas, and information
having a bearing upon a project.
and Process Optimization
design and develop product and process improvements within operations to
provide the optimal solution for the given project. Develop initial
process and product specifications, formulations, scope of work and schedule.
Conduct proof of principle testing to evaluate technical and financial
feasibility for proposed solutions. Review results of tests with others
and recommend further testing and/or changes deemed necessary to formulation
and manufacturing processes to assure process capacity and efficiency to meet
the business plan. Prepare project reports, deduct significance of
results and conclusions and make presentations of findings to Management as
pertinent to complete assignments. Responsibilities include ingredient
specification and formula development, the design, implementation, and
documentation of manufacturing feasibility trials and product sample
generation, coordination of sensory testing, cost estimation techniques,
system and project proposal development, supplier evaluations, coordination
of implementation with manufacturing staff; process commissioning, and
successful transition of deliverables to plant operating staff, including
training and technical knowledge to assure sustainability of improvements.
Provide project management services as required to deliver optimization
projects including cost, schedule, and resource management.
and Process Technical Support
product and process improvement initiatives throughout the Hershey
manufacturing network. Utilize food science and process engineering
principals, technical training and judgment to resolve product quality,
process troubleshooting and optimization initiatives. Utilize root
cause analysis and structured problem solving methodology to identify root
cause, develop and implement solutions to projects.
technical training and skills in the discovery and application of new or
emerging technologies for Hershey process and product optimization
initiatives to meet strategic growth and cost initiatives. Determine
technical feasibility and economic justification for new technology
applications. Coordinate the operation of plant, pilot plant processing or
laboratory equipment or apparatus in the performance of tests or the
implementation of improvements.
and maintain up to date knowledge related to processing technologies,
equipment, and product formulas in a minimum of two technical areas related
to chocolate, confectionery, candy or related snack foods. Develop
knowledge and proficiency related to change management (Product Change
Management, Quality Through Engagement, Product Excellence Program, Good
Manufacturing Practices, Product and Process Specification Development,
Recipe Development System, Product and Process Change Policy, Alternate
Supplier Policy, and Sensory Methods) from discovery through execution phase.
Food Technologist 1A: Bachelor's Degree in Food Science,
Food Engineering, or Chemistry with a minimum of 4 years of applicable work
experience or a Master's Degree with a minimum of 2 years of applicable work
knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform major
- Possess full knowledge of at least one branch of
the sciences and the application of that discipline to the work
- Demonstrated full working technical knowledge of
product and process optimization, including formula development,
optimization, manufacturing validation and implementation.
- Working knowledge of Food Engineering principles,
Quality Assurance, Good Manufacturing Practices.
- Experience operating lab and pilot scale
equipment/instrumentation and working in a manufacturing plant.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently,
exercising a moderate level of judgment in project execution.
- Proven time management skills, capable of managing
multiple simultaneous priorities in an expedient manner.
- Proven project planning and project management
- Interpersonal skills that allow for effective
working relationships at all levels across the organization.
- Ability to work in a team environment and
independently in a flexible work environment with changing priorities
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Proficient computer literacy, fluent with
Microsoft Office Suite
- Ability to accommodate unusual and extended work
hours as required for project completion
- Ability to travel up to 50%
Hershey Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The policy of The Hershey
Company is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on
an equal basis regardless of an individual's race, color, gender, age,
national origin, religion, citizenship status, marital status, sexual
orientation, gender identity, transgender status, physical or mental
disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, or
any other categories protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
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