Senior Food Technologist - Pet Food –
Technical & Executive Search, Inc. - Emporia, KS 66801
Created on May 13, 2011
Senior Food Technologist
NATURE AND SCOPE/PRINCIPAL ACTIVITIES
The Senior Food Technologist is responsible for the
development of new products and / or improvement of existing products to
meet strategic business objectives and provide customer support. Reporting
to the Director of Research & Development, the Senior Food Technologist
assumes complete ownership for a range of products. The role spans the full
length of the product development cycle, which includes conceptual
development, formulation, implementation, validation and continuous
management and improvement. Products must be continuously improved to
remain contemporary in response to target brand changes or customer needs.
This individual will work closely with the technical staff of customers or
suppliers. They also develop a sense of the complete product line
integration of the customer rather than just project management. Work will
be conducted largely independent of the supervisor although they are to be
continually updated on project progress.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE:
1. Develop, scale-up, and commercialize new products
in accordance with company guidelines.
2. Suggest technology projects and participate as
directed by supervisor to enhance formulation flexibility and/or product
3. Manage existing product portfolio. Review all products
for compliance to standards as well as performance and make
suggestions/initiate projects to correct deficiencies.
4. Lead supply chain initiatives including formula
transfer among plants, evaluation of new suppliers of raw materials,
increased or decreased use of existing raw materials, and evaluation of
5. Participate in project teams to evaluate product
non-conformance incidence with products under their responsibility. Develop
knowledge of critical process points in conjunction with process
engineering group. Collect and analyze information as required to analyze
raw material/process interactions.
1. A B.S. in Meat Science or Animal Science, or Food
Science with 3 years experience in product
development and/or technical services is required. Experience requirements
are commensurate with education.
2. Experience in commercial product development and
in the pet food industry is desirable, particularly if it involves canned
pet foods. Knowledge of animal nutrition and food formulation is a plus.
3. A working knowledge of current pet food
regulations in various countries is desirable. Knowledge of specific
requirements in the US is essential to successful job performance.
4. Must have leadership qualities and flexibility
with respect to job requirements.
5. Ability to work in a teamwork environment is
critical. Negotiation and selling skills are also a plus. Must have good
written and verbal communication skills at articulating technical
information to individuals with various levels of technical competence.
Commitment to quality and continuous improvement in all aspects of the
business is essential.
6. Problem-solving skills are essential. Must be
extremely well organized. Must be able to multi-task numerous projects
simultaneously with some degree of independence.
7. Must have excellent computer skills with respect
to the Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with Concept 5 is a plus. Will be
expected to quickly learn the business integration software suites including
JDE and IQS.
Please call 800.407.1215 if you have any questions
about this position