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Food Technologist/ Food Research Scientist – Hershey, PA

Job ID: 

6602

Location: 

US-PA-Hershey

Position Type: 

Full Time

More information about this job:

Summary:

Residing at The Hershey Company Technical Center, this position involves a unique opportunity to work in the Global Operations Technology Department. This department is responsible for providing technical support to Hershey's manufacturing facilities in the evaluation and application of new technologies, ingredients, and formulations; identification, evaluation, and implementation of Continuous Improvement projects; and, utilizing lean principles in the evaluation and resolution of issues in confectionery products and processes. The Research Scientist/Assistant Staff Scientist will:

  • Under minimal to moderate direction this position will assume primary responsibility for executing fundamental projects of major importance, complexity and scope with emphasis on solution of theoretical problems, or for supervising and coordinating the development efforts of projects having a major impact on the Company’s current and/or future business interests.  In addition, the person in this position will:
  • Undertake projects as assigned, initiating own projects or recommending termination of projects as is necessary
  • Determine technical approaches to be explored as they apply to assigned project or self-initiated projects
  • Establish objectives and approaches to execute projects
  • Secure appropriate information as necessary
  • Solve problems through application of knowledge, experience, and original thinking, and testing solutions
  • Be responsible for operation of complex equipment for experimentation as required
  • Evaluate results and draw conclusions from data
  • Prepare project reports and presentations
  • Interact closely with technical, professional and managerial staff of R&D as well as Production, Marketing, and Legal departments regarding technical or practical problem solutions
  • Interact with other industries and institutions 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 provides coordination of efforts of other members of the project as a team as is necessary.  An employee’s performance in this position is used to determine potential to move into more responsible scientific positions.
  • May require up to 50% travel, some international. Some assignments may be multi-month assignments.

NOTE: This position is a future opportunity for 2012.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Under minimum to moderate supervision assume primary responsibility for undertaking and executing research or development projects of major importance, complexity or scope.  Undertake research or development projects as assigned, and make suggestions for initiation of projects, or their abandonment, as experience allows.  Assume responsibility for participating in project design and methodology, problem solving through application of knowledge and original thinking.  Test ideas through preparation of experimental formulations, applications, or manufacturing trials.  Under general direction, take initiative to secure from all available sources all pertinent advice, ideas, and information having a bearing upon a project.  Provide leadership and instruction to technicians and lower level professional personnel assigned to a project.  May provide coordination of efforts of other members of the project team as is necessary.
  • Operate or direct the operation of laboratory equipment or apparatus in the performance of tests or experiments.
  • Review results of tests with others and suggest the advisability of further tests and/or changes deemed necessary.  Prepare all project reports as required.  Make presentation of significant conclusions when pertinent.
  • Works with R&D staff and management, as well as Production, Marketing, and Legal departments within the Company on a frequent basis in solving problems associated with assigned projects.
  • Provides leadership and instruction to technicians and lower professional personnel assigned to assist on a project.  May provide coordination of efforts of other members of the project team as it is necessary.

Qualifications:

This position can be filled at a variety of levels based on the combination of education and experience. 

 

Education/ Experience minimum requirements:

 

Senior Research Scientist (SG208):

  • Bachelor's Degree in chemistry, food science, or food engineering with a minimum of 4 years applicable experience, or;
  • Master's Degree in chemistry, food science or food engineering with a minimum of 2 years of applicable work experience, or;
  • Ph.D. in chemistry, food science, or food engineering.

Assistant Staff Scientist (SG209):

  • Bachelor's Degree in chemistry, food science, or food engineering with a minimum of 5 years applicable experience, or;
  • Master's Degree in chemistry, food science or food engineering with a minimum of 3 years of applicable work experience, or;
  • Ph.D. in chemistry, food science, or food engineering with a minimum of 1 year of applicable work experience.

Knowledge/ Skills/ Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability of technical knowledge
  • Highly innovative individual
  • Highly motivated individual
  • Be comfortable with laboratory, pilot plant and plant equipment and in said environments
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess good computer skills (working knowledge of Word, Excel, and Power Point)
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to be flexible as priorities may change

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