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Sr. Food Technologist - Hershey, PA
The Hershey Company




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Job Location: Hershey, PA 




Project Leadership

Under 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. 


Product and Process Optimization

Recommend, 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.


Product and Process Technical Support

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.


Technology Application Evaluation

Utilize 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.



Process Management

Develop 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.





Senior 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 experience.



Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform major duties/responsibilities: 

  • Possess full knowledge of at least one branch of the sciences and the application of that discipline to the work assigned.
  • 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 skills
  • 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%


The 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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The Hershey Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veterans





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