Senior Food Technologist Pittsburgh, PA       

 
Req Number: hein-00003225
Location(s): Pittsburgh PA        

This position will be responisble for an array of product development activities within the Foodservice Frozen Soups team.

PURPOSE:

With minimum supervision, develop formulations, create and modify factory processes in the areas of new product development, cost reduction and quality improvement.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:

'Provide pertinent information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates.
'Analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
'Handle complaints, settle disputes, resolve conflicts, and negotiate with others.
'Apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute foods.
'Coordinate and perform trials in Pilot Plant and factory to insure compliance to approved formulas.
'Keep technically informed through suppliers and technical literature.
'Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods.
'Analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein.
'Discover new food sources.
'Research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful.

Activities performed daily include:
'Formulate new products for flavor, color, nutritional content, and adherence to government, company policy, and industry standards.
'Check raw ingredients for acceptability for processing, and finished products for safety, quality, and nutritional value.
'Confer and coordinate with cross-functional partners such as food technologists, engineers, plant operators, sensory experts, packaging, marketing, and sales in order to drive the product development process.
'Evaluate food processing and storage operations, assist in the development of quality assurance programs for such operations.
'Study methods to improve aspects of food such as chemical composition, flavor, color, nutritional value, and convenience.
'Develop food standards and specifications, safety and sanitary regulations.
'Develop specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work and the work of others.
'Demonstrate products to internal and external clients.
'Solve technical problems through search of scientific literature or other sources of technical information.
'Investigates ingredient and process innovations through suppliers and technical literature.

KNOWLEDGE
'Production & Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
'Food Production: Knowledge of techniques for planting, growing and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
'Sales & Marketing: Limited knowledge of principles and methods for promoting and selling products. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
'Knowledge of current consumer goods, trends, and technologies.

SKILLS
'Critical thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
'Time Management: Having the ability to manage and monitor a number of projects to completion.
'Judgment & Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
'Some demonstrated skills in strategic thinking, consumer targeting, concept development and identifying consumer needs and insights.

COMPENTENCIES
'Communication: The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
'Inductive reasoning: The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
'Problem sensitivity: The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
'Deductive reasoning: The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
'Self starter: The ability to handle multiple projects at one time.

EXPERIENCE:
'Working knowledge of product development and familiarity with quality assurance procedures.
'B.S. in Food Science or related field required. M. S. or PhD is preferred.
'Minimum of 5-8 years of industry experience necessary.
'20 ' 25% travel required.

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