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Food Technologist – Cleveland, OH

Job Number: nest-00026008
Nestle Professional
Technical Services & Manufacturing
Cleveland OH

Relocation: If necessary, relocation assistance will be provided in accordance with Nestlé's relocation policy.

Product Commercialization Technologist

Named one of 'The World's Most Admired Food Companies' in Fortune magazine for fourteen consecutive years, Nestlé provides quality brands and products that bring flavor to life every day. From nutritious meals with LEAN CUISINE® to baking traditions with NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE®, Nestlé USA makes delicious, convenient, and nutritious food and beverage products that make good living possible. That's what 'Nestlé. Good Food, Good Life' is all about. Nestlé USA, with 2010 sales of $10.4 billion, is part of Nestlé S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland ' the world's largest food company with a commitment to Nutrition, Health & Wellness ' with 2010 sales of $105 billion. For product news and information, visit or

General Position Summary:

Performs a wide variety of duties related to the introduction, modification and maintenance of our many products and systems by working closely with Product Development, Quality Assurance, Operations, Engineering and Industrial Performance. Actively participates in our 'Journey to Excellence' by implementing a Zero Loss commitment, while using our NCE Model, (Nestle Continuous Excellence), while engaging our talented and dynamic team in, and outside of the factory.

General Core Tasks (not all inclusive list):
*Coordinates Scale-up of new products and reports results in order to help develop the most efficient production/packaging procedures and processes. Creates procedures for production and packaging of new products. After observing production and packaging of new products, makes any adjustments necessary in the procedures. Owns the process from start to finish.
*Breaks out formulas and enters information into RMS, SAP, Matrixes and other systems. Converts production procedures from the formula/processing guidelines obtained from the Product Development group.
*Solves opportunities and roadblocks using the LEAN Problem Solving Tools of GSTD (Go See Think Do) and the 5 Step DMAIC (Define/Measure/Analyze/Improve/Control) Structured Problem Process. Assists in decisions about product quality, consistency and packability. While on the manufacturing floor, monitor for GMP compliance and correct issues as they arise.
*Works in conjunction with Engineering in anticipation of future equipment requirements. Research the ability of specific equipment to meet those requirements. Helps conduct tests on new equipment and/or packaging materials.
*Researches and proposes new raw materials/processing/packaging methods to meet the specifications, requirements and needs set forth by Product Development, Manufacturing Services, Operations and Engineering. Works closely with Product Development on the original recipes/procedures for new products. Works on raw material rationalization and cost optimization.
*Utilizes hands-on, team approach to learn, understand and develop optimal equipment processes and procedures in various production and packaging resources.
*Audits factory operations and identifies process, packaging and sanitation opportunities. Collect supporting data and documentation for analysis, propose recommendations and implement improvement.
*Coordinates and performs experimental batches in the manufacturing facility. For both new and existing products, it is necessary to conduct trial runs and report on findings. To determine the acceptance of new or alternate raw materials.
*Makes detailed reports of assessments obtained through testing, scale-ups and problem productions to determine necessary next steps and for future reference.
*Assists in the development of new products and/or modifications. Assesses new Product Development products and production methods in the Pilot Plant to determine potential manufacturing and packaging problems.
*Conducts freezer testing, viscosity testing and process testing on existing, as well as experimental products, on an as needed basis.
*Completes project work assigned by the Industrial Performance group. Creates overviews of current processes/designs. Assists in implementing projects on the Manufacturing Floor. Tracks factory variances via weekly meetings and conducts investigations for improvement.
*Participates in sensory evaluation at regularly scheduled and special taste panels and shelf-life panels.
*Participates in the various factory committees and teams to support our Continuous Improvement culture.
*Maintains, audits and updates the factory databases.
*Serves as a back-up for Product Commercialization Coordinator. Creates, edits and routes labels using Nice Label. Enters new product packaging information into SAP.

Skills and/or Experience Required:
*Bachelors Degree in Food Science, Process Engineering or related is required.
*Experience in Process Development / Food Engineering with understanding and experience in food operations and food safety is a plus.
*Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of process automation and heat process technology a plus.
*Demonstrated excellent oral and written interpersonal communication skills.
*Demonstrated experience interacting, coaching and leading diverse groups of people in a team environment across multiple departments.
*Demonstrated experience and knowledge in process safety & quality programs/practices and standards.
*Ability to adapt to change on a variety of issues quickly while leading and providing guidance with a proactive and positive mindset.
*Possess analytical problem-solving skills, and ability to manage tactical applications while being able to focus strategically on the larger initiative at hand.
*Ability to challenge the status quo.
*Demonstration of the following primary Leadership Framework characteristics: Leading People, Practice What You Preach, Know Yourself, Insight, Service Orientation, Results Focus, Initiative, Proactive Cooperation and Develop People/Coaching.
*Proficient use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point) and related software.
*Strong systems capability in the use of various manufacturing systems. SAP a plus.
*Must be flexible to work variable start times and weekends.

Nestlé is an 'Equal Opportunity Employer' and is looking for diversity in candidates for employment. EOE/MFDV.

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