Cereal Science and Dough Lab
Job Number: nest-00028075
Research & Development
This Cereal Science Laboratory Technician is responsible for the Cereal
Science Laboratory and its organization, equipment maintenance/calibration,
analytical execution/analysis, and laboratory procedures training. The
position has a strong linkage through wheat flour quality to the factories of
Nestle Prepared Food Company as part of the ongoing flour quality program and
managing annual crop changes. In addition, the technician is expected to
support bench top dough trials and pilot plant trials during peak periods of
technician resource usage.
1.Organize laboratory layout and equipment placement for effective testing.
2.Coordinate area to perform analytical trials and
prepare samples and setup analytical instruments for scientific testing.
3.Schedule analytical tests for efficient use of
their technician time and laboratory time.
4.Plan for 1-2 weeks out of testing required and
perform appropriate advance preparation for tests.
5.Thoroughly understand what appropriate tests are
required and the area of importance of each cereal science analytical test
and the parameters of the results.
6.Ability to quickly interpret results and provide
clear and concise conclusions and/or recommendations and incorporate teaching
and training when applicable.
7.Leverage and have a working knowledge of approved
methods of AACCI and AOAC International.
8.Maintain a clean and sanitary work area. Maintain
equipment in good sanitary and working condition.
9.Maintain compliance with ISO standards and Nestle
Technical Instructions of calibration and validation programs on all methods
and procedures used in the laboratory.
10.Strong understanding and ability to perform testing on the following
instruments: Farinograph, pH meter, RVA, Texture
Analyzer, TexVol, Mixograph,
Mixolab, Extensograph, Alveograph, Falling Number, Viscometer.
11.Responsible for ordering, receiving, and storing
analytical supplies, tools, and chemicals for analytical trials.
12.Responsible for executing trial and recording
data during trial as outlined in a analytical test request. Must maintain
accurate and appropriate records. Prepare summaries of trial results with
interpretation and recommendations for processing/product improvements based
13.Computer skills are necessary to document
information from trials in MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and NesTMS.
14.Adhere to all facility policies concerning
safety, security, Good Laboratory Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices.
(GLP and GMP). Know lockout/tag out safety procedures
1.Working knowledge of equipment and operations on the bench top and in the
pilot plant so as to be able to support peak periods of technician demands
2.Travel as required to facilitate training, industrial trials, and
initiation of flour quality programs and knowledge transfer to factories.
3.Keep current with the latest advancements and
investigate new methods and instruments that would benefit the Cereal Science
and Dough Technology Dough Group.
Job Qualifications: (Education,
Experience, and Knowledge)
'Minimum a Bachelor of Science degree with a minimum 3-5 years related
'Good understanding of basic cereal science and dough technology and its
common unit operations.
'Good knowledge of Pilot Plant and Bench top processing equipment.
'Position is physically demanding as outlined in the Physical Demands Task
Analysis for the position.
'Position may require some degree of working in extreme temperatures and may
require working varied work schedules.
Personal Attributes Required:
'Excellent interpersonal, communication, organization, math, computer, and
'Good mechanical aptitude.
'Very independent worker and self motivated to
perform far above the minimum required.
'Interact and participate in scientific discussions while providing technical
assistance in a professional manner.