PD Project Manager/Sr. Food Technologist Glendale, CA

Req Number: nest-00009877
Nestle Professional
Technical Services & Manufacturing
Glendale CA

Relocation: Availability of relocation assistance for this position is yet to be determined.

POSITION SUMMARY:
This Sr. Food Technologist position provides technical product development knowledge and services to support the development of new or improved products and processes, with special emphasis on Hand-Held Frozen Food Technology at Nestle. This technologist will work with minimal supervision to develop new and improved products designed to meet consumer needs, including bench top to Pilot plant and plant scale-up.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Responsible for performing FoodServices projects from concept development through commercialization. Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

* Develop new products and line extensions.
* Lead and manage interdepartmental and intra-departmental project teams of moderate complexity, scope and size.
* Work closely with manufacturing, purchasing, engineering, marketing and quality assurance in a team environment to develop and launch new and improved products.
* Develop creative solutions for a wide range of complex problems which require a significant amount of ingenuity and creativity.
* Coordinate and execute pilot plant tests, production testwork and initial product start-up activities.
* Prioritize, design, and evaluate testwork for quality, feasibility, and cost effectiveness.
* Conduct benchtop work as needed to evaluate recipes and processes or when required to meet timelines.
* Manage product development benchtop activity to quickly meet customer requests.
* Provide maintenance support for existing products by reviewing recipe changes, issuing costings, managing start-ups and evaluating product.
* Other projects and duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS AND MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:
* Requires a B.S. in Food Science/Technology or related science.
* Requires the ability for extended travel the first year on the job.
* Requires the ability for on-going travel at approximately 15%.

EXPERIENCE:
* 4 to 5 years food industry related experience highly desirable. * Frozen product experience and factory environment experience helpful.

SKILLS:
1. Ability to lead and motivate a project team.
2. Demonstrate the ability to resolve interpersonal conflict.
3. Strong problem resolution skills, strong facilitator of conflict resolution.
4. Possess strong oral and written communication skills to communicate with all levels of management.
5. Strong formulation skills and understanding of food systems
6. Excellent organizational skills.
7. Highly motivated and goal oriented with ability to adapt quickly to change.
8. Approximately five years of product development experience.
9. Must be a strong team player and possess strong interpersonal skills.
10. Requires a high degree of integrity, maturity and honesty.
11. Strong knowledge of ingredient functionality.
12. Strong knowledge of food processing.
13. Understanding of sensory testing and statistics.
14. Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and assignments.
15. Strong understanding of the relationship of processing equipment and formulation.
16. Strong understanding and development of product financial costing analysis.

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