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Food Technologist Factory – USA


Job Number:13006449

Research & Development

Qualified candidates will provide technical knowledge & support for the industrialization of new products, and reformulations in the factory supporting Nestlé’s Prepared Foods or Pizza business objectives. This person will participate as a team member in the new product development process, to ensure projects deliver safety, product quality and proper performance in the plant operations. The position works closely with other members of the technical community including TAG (Technical Applications Group – Product Development), R&D, Technical Packaging, Regulatory, Operations and Quality while developing strong cross-functional relationships throughout the division. This position also supports both internal and external NCE (Nestle Continuous Excellence) projects.




· Individual reports to Solon Factory TAG (Technical Applications Group) Manager

· Commercialization project testing and start-up management of new and reformulated products

· Responsible for the delivery of Nestlé’s business plan and to maintain product quality and consistency

· Oversee and facilitate the coordination and management of plant trials

· Will act as the operational plant interface for new and existing product, process, and packaging changes

· Capability development for new product and equipment processes

· Act as the manufacturing & technical subject matter expert

· Identify and recommend opportunities to TAG and local management that will enhance the efficient production of high quality products at lowest possible costs

· Displays an understanding of risks associated with a factory environment and complies with all safety rules, procedures and work practices

· Reports all safety incidents and actively works with Plant Management team to ensure a safe working environment.

· Elevates safety concerns about processes or ingredients to TAG and Plant Management.


Overall Commercialization Process Leadership:

· Active participant in TAG project teams to contribute in the decision making for product design and process capability

· Leads change management activities of assigned projects in the factory from validation trials and the industrialization phase through post launch

· Leads factory planning meetings to review trial requests and schedule necessary resources

· Leads factory discussion on current project status and to assist the plant functions in completion of required functional new product development process activities

· Provides operations insight in discussions on changes affecting the plant processes on assigned projects


Plant Trial Process Leadership:

· Issues and reviews the PTR (Plant Trial Request) and required forms that are complete, accurate and outline the overall trial scope

· Ensures the optimal use of the production line time for trials to minimize disruption to existing production schedules

· Coordinates and leads the trial with TAG/R&D/Engineering. Facilitates trial after action review to ensure the project continues smoothly in the industrialization process


Systems/Document Management:

· Responsible for all accurate documentation of formulas and manufacturing instructions, their development, maintenance,, quality assurance and confidentiality

· Ensure proper records of all recipes and test work is documented in files as per NQMS (Nestle Quality Management Systems) guidelines and SOP’s

· Safeguard company’s designs, formulations, processes, packages and reputations in all matters


Plant Interface to TAG/R&D on New Product Development and Product, Process, and Packaging Changes:

· Interfaces TAG/R&D/Engineering during technical development discussions

· Works with TAG Brand and Processing teams to develop the overall design of trial testing protocol for assigned projects

· Establishes process control points and floor systems for assigned projects

· Works with the TAG developers on strategies for leveraging existing ingredients and processes

· Works directly with the Production Operations Managers and other plant functions to determine crew, yields and control points required for the product to being commercialized

· Develops SPC trending analysis on weight control by ingredient

· Ensures data collection to understand the capability trends vs. targets and to coordinate follow up action items

· Leads closure discussion for factory turn-over on assigned projects


Product/Process Capability Development:

· Works directly with the TAG/R&D/Engineering members to fully define how the process will be tested to better understand the capability of the process in a project

· Provide technical coordination on post trial proof of principle testing and next steps


Overall Product Manufacturing Subject Matter Expert:

· Represents the plant in general conversations as a subject matter expert on product manufacturing

· Provides working equipment/product knowledge guidance and support to the TAG/R&D/ Engineering resources during the development of new technology and processes

· Provides guidance to operations during process error situations and is involved in the resolution process

· Maintains continuity with TAG/R&D/Engineering on future process capability possibilities



· Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science or related field required. Master’s Degree in Food Science preferred.

· Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and interface with management and factory associates

· Travel Required – Up to 20% between manufacturing locations, Vendors and the Division Office

· 2 years of experience in manufacturing or consumer goods industry

· Experience in food industry preferred




· Knowledge of Food Science and manufacturing principles

· Knowledge of food safety, regulatory requirements for food safety

· Knowledge of data analysis and problem solving

· Strong communication and networking skills

· Project management and organizational skills


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