Food Technologist – Dothan, AL

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  • AUG10-2
  • Regular full time
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  • Ralcorp Snacks Sauces Spreads
  • Dothan AL
  • Open
  • Yes

Job Description


The Food Technologist is responsible for developing New Food Products from concept to commercialization in support of company growth objectives with the snack nut categories. She/He serves as the technical expert for projects including product improvements, quality improvements, customer requests, cost savings initiatives, technology development, and in the efficient utilization of the manufacturing network. The primary responsibility will be to apply food science and human nutrition education and skills through innovation and project leadership, in support of the various projects assigned.


  • Apply Food Science and Human Nutrition education and skills to assigned work.
  • Plan, execute, evaluate and report on the technical aspects of the product development/improvement projects as assigned.
  • Act as the technical expert for assigned maintenance products.
  • Complete and maintain emulation assessments for current products.
  • Assist more experienced Food Technologists on portions of projects for training purposes, and to ensure completion of the department’s high priority projects and technical work assignments.
  • Design, coordinate and execute plant trials.
  • Effectively document details of experiments: objectives, formulas, processing conditions, required equipment and equipment setup, results and next steps.
  • Develop Specifications, Formulas, and Nutrition labeling.
  • Manage projects with some supervision.
  • Question processes and procedures. Suggest and test alternatives.
  • Interact professionally and effectively with the R&D team to ensure completion of department objectives.
  • Develop a Food Industry network of contacts in support of career development initiatives.
  • Proficiently utilize Research and Development software such as the Project Plans Database, Formulation Software and Statistics Software.
  • A flexible schedule is required to support testing including travel. Occasionally plant trials must be conducted during off shifts and weekends.
  • Any and all other duties as assigned.

Food Safety Production Areas

  • Notify Supervision of any repairs or adjustments that are required.
  • Understand, observe, and comply with the handling and usage of the color-coded container policy while in the Production Areas.
  • Perform all duties necessary to meet American Institute of Baking (AIB), SQF, Company, and /or Government requirements and standards as prioritized by the Company.
  • Inform Management of ANY Food Safety or Quality issues or of any processes, which become noncompliant with specified requirements.
  • Ability to initiate action to prevent the occurrence of nonconformities relating to Food Safety and the Quality of the product, processes, quality system, or safety system.
  • Identify and record any problems relating to Food Safety and the Quality of the ingredients, processes, quality system, or safety system.
  • Controls further processing or delivery of nonconforming product in terms of Food Safety and Quality issues until the deficiency or unsatisfactory condition has been corrected.
  • Inform Management of ANY Food Safety or Quality issues or of any processes, which become noncompliant with specified requirements.
  • In the absence of immediate supervisor, will assume necessary operational and administrative duties.

Job Qualifications


  • B.S. Degree in Food Science (IFT Minimum Standards) or equivalent.


  • Minimum of 2 to 5 years experience in snack nut food product development.
  • Strong Written and Verbal communication.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Creative / Innovative
  • Understands and Applies basic statistical concepts.
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Demonstrated problem solving and strategic thinking skills
  • Effective Cross functional team and influence skills
  • Self motivated with strong attention to detail
  • Experience in utilizing basic food science, food nutrition, and food process knowledge to plan, conduct, and record experiments; and to draw logical next steps and conclusions.


  • Frequent use of personal computers
  • Frequent periods of sitting and standing
  • Periodic lifting, pulling, and pushing of items up to 30 pounds. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs., walk/stand for up to 70% of the time while performing plant trials.
  • Able to travel up and down stairs and ladders to platforms in a production setting, and work in cold/hot plant environments.


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