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Title: Senior Food Technologist - Pittsburgh, PA


Req Number: hein-00003847
Location(s): Pittsburgh, PA

PURPOSE:
With minimum supervision, develop formulations, create and modify factory processes in the areas of new product development, cost reduction and quality improvement.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:
-Provide pertinent information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates.
-Analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
-Handle complaints, settle disputes, resolve conflicts, and negotiate with others.
-Apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute foods.
-Coordinate and perform trials in Pilot Plant and factory to insure compliance to approved formulas.
-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.
-Analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein.
-Discover new food sources.
-Research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful.

Activities performed daily include:
-Formulate new products for flavor, color, nutritional content, and adherence to government, company policy, and industry standards.
-Check raw ingredients for acceptability for processing, and finished products for safety, quality, and nutritional value.
-Confer and coordinate with 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.
-Develop food standards and specifications, safety and sanitary regulations.
-Develop specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work and the work of others.
-Demonstrate products to internal and external clients.
-Solve technical problems through search of scientific literature or other sources of technical information.
-Investigates ingredient and process innovations through suppliers and technical literature.

BUSINESS RESULTS
-Champion and 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.
-Sales & Marketing: Limited knowledge of principles and methods for promoting and selling products. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
-Knowledge of current consumer goods, trends, and technologies.

SKILLS
-Critical thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
-Time Management: Having the ability to manage and monitor a number of projects to completion.
-Judgment & Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
-Some demonstrated skills in strategic thinking, consumer targeting, concept development and identifying consumer needs and insights.

COMPENTENCIES
-Communication: The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
-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 Food Science or related field required. M. S. or PhD is preferred.
-Minimum of 5-8 years of industry experience necessary.
-20 - 25% travel required.

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