Associate Food Engineer Pittsburgh, PA


Req Number: hein-00003384
Location(s): Pittsburgh PA        

PURPOSE:
With supervision, interact with the cross-functional team to develop new products and execute experimentation in the lab, Pilot Plant, and manufacturing environments.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:
-Apply food science and engineering knowledge and assist to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute foods.
-Perform trials in Pilot Plant and factory to insure correct experimental execution.
-Keep technically informed through suppliers and technical literature.
-Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods.
-Formulate recipe changes on new and existing products.
-Follow charter guidelines and managerial directions to insure development phases move along at an acceptable pace.
-Research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful.

Activities performed daily include:
-Help with the formulation of new products operational capability, efficiency, and adherence to government, company policy, and industry standards.
-Confer with supervisor and/or cross-functional partners such as food technologists, engineers, plant operators, sensory experts, packaging, marketing, and sales in order to drive the product development process.
-Evaluate food processing and storage operations, assist in the development of quality assurance programs for such operations.
-Study methods to improve aspects of food such as chemical composition, flavor, color, nutritional value, and convenience.
-Assist with the development of equipment and food standards and specifications, safety and sanitary regulations.
-Solve technical problems through search of scientific literature or other sources of technical information.
-Investigates equipment, ingredient and process innovations through suppliers and technical literature.

BUSINESS RESULTS
-Support projects selected to realize AOP objectives.
-Contribution of new ideas to innovation pipeline.
-New concept generation.

KNOWLEDGE:
-Production & Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
-Food Production: Knowledge of techniques for planting, growing and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
-Engineering & Technology: Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

SKILLS:
-Critical thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
-Time Management: Managing one's own time.

COMPENTENCIES:
-Inductive reasoning: The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
-Problem sensitivity: The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
-Deductive reasoning: The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
-Self starter: The ability to handle multiple projects at one time.

EXPERIENCE:
-Working knowledge of product development and familiarity with quality assurance procedures.
-B.S. in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering or related field required.
-Some industry or internship experience preferred.
-20 ' 25% travel required.

 

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