Associate Food Engineer/Food Engineer Pittsburgh, PA


Req Number: hein-00003231
Location(s): Pittsburgh PA        

PURPOSE:

With moderate supervision, interact with the cross-functional team to develop new products and execute experimentation in the lab, Pilot Plant and manufacturing environments.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:

*Apply food science and engineering knowledge and assist to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute foods.
*Coordinate and perform trials in Pilot Plant and factory to insure correct experimental execution.
*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.
*Formulate recipe changes on new and existing products.
*Follow charter guidelines and managerial directions to insure development phases move along at an acceptable pace.
*Research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful.

Activities performed daily include:
*Formulate new products operational capability, efficiency, and adherence to government, company policy, and industry standards.
*Confer 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 equipment and food standards and specifications, safety and sanitary regulations.
*Solve technical problems through search of scientific literature or other sources of technical information.
*Investigates equipment, 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.
*Engineering & Technology: Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

SKILLS:
*Critical thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
*Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

COMPENTENCIES:
*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 Chemical or Mechanical Engineering or related field required, M.S. preferred.
*Minimum of 2-4 years of industry experience necessary.
*20 ' 25% travel required.

 

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