Staff Food Technologist – Hershey, PA
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technical leadership, service and systems end-to-end product & process
support to Manufacturing, Global Alliances and/or other R&D Depts within The Hershey Company.
minimal direction, assumes primary responsibility for undertaking and
executing fundamental applications research and development projects of significant
importance, complexity, and scope with emphasis on solution of practical or
theoretical problems where precedents may not exist. Supervises and
coordinates the development, evaluation and applications efforts of
projects having a major impact on the Company's current and/or future
business interests. Undertakes product and process improvement projects as
assigned, routinely initiating own projects and recommending termination of
projects that are not consistent with the company business or technical
strategic initiatives. Independently determines technical approaches to be
explored as they apply to assigned project or self-initiated projects.
Establish objectives and approaches to execute projects for self and junior
level professionals. Secure appropriate information as necessary. Solve
problems through expert level application of knowledge, experience,
original thinking, and testing of hypothesis. Responsible for operation of
manufacturing equipment for testing, optimization and training as required.
Evaluate results, draw conclusions, make recommendations from data and
implement change if approved. Under minimal direction, act as consultant
throughout the Company on problems within Chocolate and Confectionery area
of expertise and make authoritative technical recommendations regarding
projects to be undertaken and implementation of results.
participate in the development and implementation of product line
extensions and processes. Interact closely with company wide, Sr. level
professional and managerial staff in Manufacturing, Global Alliances,
Marketing, Quality and Regulatory Compliance, Research/Development, Legal
and Procurement departments regarding technical or practical problem
solutions, the identification and evaluation of projects and
decision-making on next steps.
with other industries, institutions or licensee's as required to exchange
information and ideas in area of expertise. Provide leadership and
instruction to technicians and professionals assigned to assist on a project
and provide coordination of efforts of other members of the project team as
is necessary. May be responsible for all phases of an
improvement/development project or program..
incumbent is a fully competent technical resource in a specific or specialized
field of two or more of the sciences being fully knowledgeable and
conversant with the scope and potentialities of that field. Recognized as a
company-identified Chocolate and/or Confections expert and acts as a
consultant throughout the Company on problems within area of expertise.
Makes authoritative technical recommendations regarding projects to be
undertaken and implementation of results.
• Provide technical leadership that supports
the key financial measures and taskings of the
corporations supply chain independently, under minimal direction manage
multiple projects of large scale and significant importance or assume
primary responsibility for undertaking and executing fundamental projects
of extreme high complexity and scope related to products and processes for
chocolates, candy and confectionery. Work is reviewed over relatively long
periods of time for desired results. Expert level ability to combine the
practical and the theoretical for resolving applications problems or for
supervising and coordinating the development efforts of projects having a
large and significant impact on the Company's current and/or future
business interests. Undertakes product & process improvement projects
routinely initiating own projects and recommending termination of projects
that are not consistent with the company business or technical strategic
initiatives. Independently determines technical approaches to be explored
as the apply to projects. Derives solutions to
problems through application of experience, business or technical expertise
where little to no precedence exists. May coach, technically direct or
manage a staff of up to 5 professionals or coops/interns.
• Applies Process Management Principles and independent creative problem
solving,. Maintains up to date expert level
knowledge related to ingredients, formulation and processing in the
technical areas of chocolate, confectionery, candies and related snack
foods. Is proficient, demonstrates expert level interpersonal and technical
knowledge in the areas of change management (Product Change Management,
Quality Through Excellence, Product Excellence Program, Good Manufacturing
Practices, Product and Process Specification Development and Maintenance,
SAP Recipe Management System) and recommends improvements to facilitate
project completion in an expedient fashion .
Provides updates to operations and related Technical Depts. throughout the
company that allows for timely decision making and the execution of testing
schedules in an effective manner to meet the business needs.
• Champion Continuous Improvement . As a
company identified expert utilizes technical training and skills in the
discovery and application of technologies and determines benefits that they
would have when applied to the Hershey product line. Participates as an
active member and functional sub team leader on company wide
multifunctional Product Excellence teams. Provides technical guidance/expertise
throughout The Hershey Company on ingredient interactions, evaluation and
optimization of procedural/equipment problems related to product, process,
rework, overweight and waste management systems. Develops product line
extensions through application of new processes, ingredients and
formulation technology. Evaluates and facilitates effective transfer and
optimization of new technology, ingredients and processes into
manufacturing operations for the improvement of shelf stability, margins and
• Training, consulting and coordination of technical strategic
initiatives. As a recognized technical and operations expert within the
corporation reviews, identifies, prioritizes, evaluates, recommends,
designs and implements studies that determine process capability and the
feasibility of proposed changes. Reviews results of tests
related to the evaluation of strategic technical advancements with others
and recommends further testing and/or changes deemed necessary to
reduce waste, rework, overweights, product
giveaway and that assures process capacity to meet the business plan.
Identifies and applies methods of measuring the benefits of recommendations
for improvement of Economic Profit. Conducts follow up reviews and operator
training to assure implementation and sustainability of improvements.
Degree in Food Science, Chemistry or related science plus 12 years of
applicable work experience, or a Master's Degree with 10 years applicable
experience. Related training in confectionery, chocolate and food science
Work experience must be in a multi-plant / multi-product foods
manufacturing and technical environment with at least 6 years in the
confectionery and chocolate industry.
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Hershey is an Equal
Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V