Senior Food Scientist-CAN0002S –
Scientist/Microbiologist's purpose and function is to provide factual data, guidance and
solutions on food, food packaging, shelf life, packaging materials,
microbiology, food & packaging regulatory & GMP requirements and
related manufacturing processes as needed to support EPI's food and
non-food fiber, paper, paperboard, packaging and filling machine
businesses, both domestically and internationally. Such purpose and
function shall include support of existing products, processes &
equipment, both internally and externally, recycling of used containers,
new product developments, new process developments & new machinery
developments for both food and non-food applications. Internal activities
include paper and board manufacturing through extrusion coating, converting
and distribution of EPI products to its customers as well as related
filling machinery issues. External activities include warehousing and
filling at customer plants through container filling, machinery &
processing equipment, distribution, retailing and customer/consumer use of
EPI products & equipment. Such activities include testing,
investigation, analyses, troubleshooting, competitive assessments and
development of: food and non-food packaging & shelf life requirements;
related materials and microbiological issues & requirements; related
regulatory & GMP compliance issues; related filling machinery and
processing equipment; interactions between the container and its contents;
materials, coatings, treatments, methods & processes to extend shelf
life; coatings, barriers, additives and treatments to protect the container
and its contents from the environment; inks, varnish and other coatings to
ensure EPI printing processes and prints are fully compliant with all
applicable regulatory and GMP requirements; recycled fibers and materials;
and other sustainability directives. Testing, investigations and analyses
are to be accomplished with detailed accuracy in a timely manner using a
combination of equipment, materials and methods available at the Corporate
Lab and out-sourced facilities. State-of-the-art methods, materials,
techniques and equipment are expected to be used when/where possible,
practical, economically justifiable and available. Such analytical
activities are to be done in support of laboratory, pilot plant and trial
production plant testing and evaluation of containers, packages, equipment,
packaging products, converted board, polycoated
board, baseboard, coatings, fibers, additives, foreign substances,
contaminants, chemicals and related materials to support manufacturing,
extrusion, converting, sales, sales service, marketing, customers, product
development, product & process improvements and related groups/clients.
These activities, as indicated, span EPI's functions from paper and
paperboard making through extrusion coating, converting, filling,
machinery, storage, distribution, point of sale and consumer use as
necessary to support new product developments, market research, product,
process & equipment developments & improvements, material
substitutions, cost savings, troubleshooting, special projects and other
business needs of Evergreen Packaging. These efforts shall be results
focused and presented in raw data and summary format as needed by those
Clients to whom the Food Scientist/Microbiologist provides support and
services. All data generated is to be of sound quality with minimal
variances, credible, accurate and analysed as
needed to determine trends, correlations, relationships, curve fitting and
other basic statistical assessments. Lab, pilot and trial testing required
will range from chemical preparations and related tests to food, microbial,
optical, physical and mechanical testing on a wide variety of laboratory,
pilot and commercial equipment including testing over time for shelf life
assessments and other purposes. The workload and demand for test results
will vary from day to day as well as over longer time intervals both in
terms of what is needed and priority ranging from important to urgent. The
Food Scientist/Microbiologist will be expected to help peers, co-workers
and management with other tasks and assignments as needed.
The main activities of the Food Scientist/Microbiologist are to be:
- Responsible for detailed testing, investigations,
assessments and troubleshooting of food and non-food containers, packaging
materials, packaging machinery/methods, food processing equipment/methods,
product shelf life and related microbiology, food and non-food chemistry,
regulatory compliance and GMP requirements.
- Must have a working knowledge of food science, food
chemistry, microbiology, material chemistry, USA food & packaging
regulatory compliance requirements, HACCP, GMP's, foreign food &
packaging regulatory compliance requirements, food filling machine sanitary
requirements, food processing equipment/methods and food packaging shelf
- Must be capable of interpreting chemical analyses of food,
non-food substances, packaging material, foreign objects, contaminants and
related materials down to parts per billion using appropriate methods and
equipment as provided in-house or by out-sourcing as necessary.
- Must be proficient at using lab and pilot plant equipment to
test and evaluate food, non-food substances, packaging materials, foreign
objects, contaminants, microbial and related material properties,
attributes, activity and interactions as appropriate.
- Responsible for generating in-depth analytical and technical
reports on data and results from analysis and assessments of materials,
samples, shelf life and other items in a timely manner.
- Responsible for logging in requests and samples for
analytical testing and evaluation.
- Responsible for sending samples to clients, customers and
outside resources as needed.
- Responsible for logging raw lab, pilot & trial data into
MS Excell and other lab databases in a timely
- Responsible for generating organized data summaries, tables,
charts & graphs of lab, pilot & trial data upon request.
- Responsible for generating in-depth statistical evaluations
on lab, pilot and trial data.
- Responsible for generating in-depth analyses and comparisons
among related and/or comparative test samples.
- Responsible for effectively communicating sample and test
requirements as needed, both verbally and written.
- Responsible for effectively communicating in-depth lab,
pilot & trial results when needed, both verbally and written.
- Be proficient in the use of computers and software (desktop
& laptop computers, MS Office products, lab equipment specific hardware
& software, others as necessary).
- Responsible for following procedures and working in a safe
and time effective manner.
- Proficient at working with lab ware, lab chemicals, delicate
instruments, test equipment, ovens, incubators, environmental chambers,
coolers, pilot equipment & machinery.
- Capable of working in coolers, freezers, humidity chambers
and other environmental chambers.
- Develop, verify and maintain lab, pilot & trial
procedures needed to provide credible and accurate test data on tests
performed in the lab, pilot plant & on trials.
- Assist in maintaining lab safety, safety equipment, lab
regulatory compliance & related records.
- Assist in conducting safety audits and implement
improvements as necessary.
- Assist Lab Manager with set up and maintenance of lab data
input devices and the database housing this lab data.
- Assist Lab Manager with monitoring and improving lab
- Work with Evergreen plants, sales and customer service
people, marketing, project managers, our suppliers and our customers, at
the laboratory, pilot and commercial level for purposes of evaluating new
ideas, new products, issues, problems, defects, complaints, materials, work
in progress, existing products and competitive products.
- Participate in larger scale projects such as commercial ramp-ups,
customer complaints and in depth chemical and physical analyses as needed.
- Interface with outside laboratories, utilize non-routine
test methods and techniques to provide data, prepare and ship samples as
- Assist the Lab Manager in keeping all lab, pilot plant &
trial documentation current including test procedures, our MSDS book, and
the Safety Manual and instrument calibrations, especially items related to
- Maintain a sample log of all samples submitted to and tested
within the Laboratory & Pilot Plant for analytical analyses.
- Keep all data, discovery and innovation information in a
suitable notebook with dated entries for intellectual property purposes,
signed and verified by Lab Manager, co-workers or other competent
- Maintain a database to organize and track all sample tests
and results for regulatory compliance analyses.
- Assist with and provide laboratory, pilot plant & trial
expertise for special projects and qualification of outside labs and vendors
- Assist the Lab Manager and Lab Clients in preparing purchase
orders and assist with the paperwork necessary to pay outside vendors and
service providers for work related to our laboratory, pilot plant and
commercial developments, especially for or related to regulatory compliance
- Assist in the collection of samples for regulatory and
microbiological testing & maintaining a record of the samples collected
as to date, grade, etc., especially those requiring regulatory compliance
- Ship collected samples to appropriate outside testing
facilities & maintain a record of each shipment including date of
shipment and arrival of shipment, especially for or related to regulatory
- Participate in taking care of the laboratory and pilot plant
facilities to ensure they are properly maintained and certified as
directed, especially for or related to regulatory compliance analyses.
- Participate in maintaining a bleached board and food grade
board testing and development laboratory capable of meeting TAPPI standards
and other quality standards as needed, especially for or related to
regulatory compliance analyses.
- Participate in keeping all data, discovery and innovation
information in a suitable notebook with dated entries for intellectual
- As required, organize test data into databases, summarize
test data, generate analyses, make comparisons, graph, trend plot and
communicate this information to the Lab Manager, co-workers, Lab Clients and
others who have a recognized need to know in a confidential and proprietary
- Work with minimal supervision, be a self-starter, maintain
flexibility and when called upon work with a sense of urgency.
- Follow procedures and work in a safe manner at all times
following EPI safety rules, expectations and standards.
- Satisfactorily complete all training as necessary to work in
the Corporate Lab and maintain proficiency in performing all duties of the
Corporate Food Scientist/Microbiologist at all times.
- Ability to work well with others including peers,
co-workers, supervisors and management.
The Corporate Food Scientist/Microbiologist position requires
an ability to lift 50 lbs minimum up to a
distance of 3 feet. The candidate must have good colour
vision, as colour evaluation is essential to many
of the tests to be completed.
The Corporate Food Scientist/Microbiologist's unique duties
Conduct food science, microbiological and food regulatory
compliance tests, troubleshooting, evaluations, assessments, developments
and guidance as necessary to support EPI business needs.
The Corporate Food Scientist/Microbiologist's required skills
A proficiency in food science, microbiology and food
regulatory compliance requirements focused on EPI business needs.
A proficiency in establishing test procedures, techniques,
methods and standards aimed at achieving credible and accurate testing
results with minimal errors and variation, and with minimal testing time,
due to method, materials, equipment and people.
A proficiency in Microsoft Office professional software such
as Excel, Word, MS Access, Outlook and Power Point is a must. The candidate
should be able to demonstrate a proficiency in solving and calculating
algebraic and geometric math problems as well as conducting basic
45-65 % Food Science Evaluations
Conduct food science & regulatory compliance evaluation of
products, processes, equipment, samples and items as required
10-20 % Microbial Evaluations
Conduct microbial evaluation of products, processes,
equipment, samples and items as required
10-15 % Project Support
product development projects. Laboratory, pilot plant & trial testing
and reporting: Chemical Testing, Physical/Mechanical Testing, Biological
Testing, Optical Testing, Shock & Vibration Testing, Statistical
Analyses, Sample collecting and shipping etc.
and Technical Support
support to other projects, manufacturing, converting and other departments
within the company.
5% Safety and Other
protocols, training and other company programs
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level
of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are
not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties,
and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be
required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from
time to time, as needed.
Master's Degree (Food Science,
Computer Skills (Word processing, Excel,
Microsoft Access, PowerPoint, Outlook,
Technical skills (Science, Math, Biology,
Good communication skills
Advanced Degree (Food Science,
College degree (Chemistry, Food Science,
Microbiology, Other Science)
5 + years in R & D or comparable
Microbiology background & experience
Material science technology background
Minimum of 5+ years
work in alaboratory, R&D, field experience or
Superior relationship and team building
PREFERRED PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES OR
· Uses initiative
· Is proactive
· Takes ownership and
· Is customer focused
(internally and externally)
· Has good verbal and
written communication skills
· Works well with
· Be able to work
unsupervised and be resourceful
· Be organised and have the ability to come up with
· Be adaptable
· Able to work within
a team but also comfortable working independently
· High degree of self motivationand credibility
· Interest in learning
new technologies and keeping abreast of changes in his/her respective areas
: Manager, Product