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Food Processing Specialist

(Extension Dairy and Food Processing Specialist)

University of Idaho Ė Moscow, ID

School of Food Science


Open for Recruitment:

August 17, 2012 - September 16, 2012

Announcement #:


Salary Range:

$44,200.00 + DOE

Full or Part Time:

Full Time


Twin Falls

This position is contingent upon the continuation of work and/or funding.

Materials Required:
Online Application (click to apply)
Job References
Letter of Qualification


The Extension Dairy and Food Processing Specialist, reporting to the Tech-Help Executive Director and Director, School of Food Science, will provide direct technical assistance to dairy and food processors to improve product quality, productivity and global competitiveness. The Specialist will be responsible for business development and assistance, achieved by establishing relationships with dairy and food manufacturers in southern Idaho, assessing and monitoring business and technical needs, providing technical assistance and workshops/short courses, and coordinating with other state, federal, and local service providers. The incumbent will primarily serve the needs of the dairy processing industry in southern Idaho. This position will be located in Twin Falls at the UI Extension Office.

RESPONSIBILITIES: (% of time, Essential/Marginal)

Provide direct technical assistance to the dairy and food manufacturing industry in Idaho by: (70%E)

  • Apply in-depth knowledge of dairy and food processing technologies, ingredient functionality, quality issues, and food safety to industry problems, seeking assistance of experts in the field as needed.
  • Business development and project delivery: regularly travel to dairy processors and related clients to maintain relationships, assess opportunities, evaluate processes, provide troubleshooting advice and to deliver projects.
  • Provide technical assistance for dairy and food processors in areas such as food safety, HACCP, regulatory compliance, plant operations, productivity, processing technologies, workforce training quality assurance and product development.
  • Engage with company top leadership to determine client company needs, generate options or solutions, develop proposals, determine costs, and find appropriate resources to work in partnership with the client to meet proposal goals.
  • In conjunction with other Tech-Help manufacturing specialists, use broad and innovative manufacturing process knowledge (such as lean manufacturing, theory of constraints, etc.) to help dairy and food processors improve the effectiveness of their operations to meet their company goals.
  • Solicit industry financial support and grants to fund and expand program offering.
  • Work in conjunction with Idaho TechHelp, the Food Technology Center in Caldwell, faculty in the School of Food Science in Moscow/Pullman, the College of Southern Idaho and third party service providers to coordinate outreach.

Provide public and on-site training for food processors by: (20%E)

  • Regularly providing training in the form of workshops and short courses at company sites or for small groups of dairy and food processors on topics such as food safety, food regulations, whey processing, drying, evaporating, pasteurization, cleaning and sanitizing, cheese making, yogurt manufacturing, and other timely topics.
  • Educate firms on the requirements for such training.
  • Assess firms (employees) state of preparation so as to provide the appropriate level of training.

Measure success of program and report to stakeholders: (10% E)

  • Manage the operations and budget of all programming to ensure TechHelp revenue generation requirements.
  • Perform follow-up evaluations of projects to determine economic impact, to seek additional improvement needs, to develop positive customer relationships, and to collate feedback on services and effectiveness.
  • Report on consulting and marketing projects both in process and those completed using the TechHelp reporting system and by attending regular team meetings.
  • Report on impact and program revenue to CALS (CALS PLAN) and TechHelp.
  • Track financial status of program.

Serve as industry liaison with the School of Food Science: (5%M)

  • Regularly interfacing with trade associations, commodity groups and companies to communicate SFS programs.
  • Communicate industry research and education interests to the SFS.
  • Actively participate in the Extension Food Safety Topic Team.
  • Assist with the SFS student internship program.


Education: Bachelorís degree in agriculture, engineering, or related area

Experience: must have a minimum of 5 years experience in the food processing industry

Skills: Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written; computer literate with word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications

Must have own vehicle and valid driverís license


Education: Masterís degree in food science, dairy science, food engineering or related area

Experience: 7 years experience in a technical capacity in the dairy products/processing industry; project management; applied R&D or plant operations

Experience: ten years experience in the food processing industry with an emphasis in dairy processing

Experience: consulting and business development with industrial clients


Human Resources

PO Box 444332
Moscow, Idaho

(208) 885-3612 -or-
(208) 885-3728

(208) 885-3617

(208) 885-3602







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