Sr. Food Technologist, Branded Frozen Food Solon, OH


Job Number: nest-00013062
Nestle Professional
Technical Services & Manufacturing
Solon OH

Relocation: Availability of relocation assistance for this position is yet to be determined.

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POSITION SUMMARY:
This Sr. Food Technologist will provide technical product development knowledge and services to support the development of new or improved products and processes, with special emphasis on Frozen Food Technology. Develop new and improving existing products, ingredients and processes by applying technical, Food Science and culinary skills. Capable of working at a rapid pace to respond to external and internal demands while simultaneously handling multiple project requirements. Possesses the ability to interact successfully with Marketing, Chefs, the technical community and co-manufacturers to develop relevant and timely products. Demonstrates exceptional organizational, communication, problem solving and project management skills in interactions with immediate team members, cross-functional groups and external customers. Demonstrates initiative, leadership and able to work independently and within a cohesive team environment. Able to thrive in a face-paced, dynamic, team environment that encompasses end-to-end development (concept and exploration through manufacturing scale up, start up and process optimization).

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
The responsibilities include but are not limited to:

' Plan, execute evaluate and accurately document test work to optimize product design of assisgned projects.
' Coordinate and conduct product development and commercialization activities within immediate work team and within cross-functional groups (planning bench test work, resource management,communication of key deliverables/outcomes). Scope of execution spans concept development, prototype design, pilot plant scale up, production start up and ongoing process optimization and product rennovation.
' Maintain precise and appropriate documentation to support development and commercialization of assigned products.
' Manage product development benchtop activity to quickly meet project brief timelines. Prioritize, design, and evaluate testwork for quality, feasibility, and cost effectiveness.
' Provide maintenance support for existing products by reviewing recipe changes, issuing costings, managing start-ups and evaluating product.
' Work with and travel to co-manufacturers and client facilities to provide technical support.
' Develop working relationships with key ingredient suppliers.
' Generate value analysis/process improvement ideas on an ongoing basis.
' Able to provide clear and consise direction to technicians regarding daily testwork.
' Utilize computer systems (recipe, nutritional databases, HACCP, departmental systems).
' Participate in team and departmental activities (taste panels, meetings, task forces).
' Assist in training of new hires.
Job Accountabilities:
' Champion assigned projects through the Nestle Professional systems
' Manager projects to achieve sample accuracy and First Time Quality
' Maintain knowledge base of assigned maintenance projects.

REQUIREMENTS AND MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:
Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science/Technology or related field. Excellent technical, communication and critical thinking skills.

EXPERIENCE:
4+ years food industry experience with a Master of Food Science or Technology degree or 6+ years frozen food industry experience with a Bachelor of Science Food Science/Technology degree. Food Services and/or Culinary work experience is a plus.

SKILLS:
' Strong project management and organizational skills are necessary, as well as good communication skills.
' Candidates must be able to thrive in a fast-paced environment, adapt easily to changing project needs and demonstrate success in a both culinary and production facility environments.
' The individual must have good creative, problem solving and organizational skills, and able to successfully complete multiple, simultaneous projects requiring short timelines.

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