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Food Technologist

Lisle, IL

POSITION SUMMARY :
The Food Technologist will support and assist in the operation of the R&D Pilot Plant in Chicagoland area. This position will be responsible for executing trials and operating the process equipment with GMPs under general supervision while maintaining a safe, clean, and sanitary work area. This role will work with the Innovation Center Manager to make recommendations to the Product Developers and Project Leads regarding product scale up and commercialization.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Assemble, operate, and dismantle the pilot plant equipment used in testing
• Organize and perform pilot plant trials in a safe and efficient manner
• Support developers, Pilot Plant team members and others in pilot plant trial planning, preparation, execution, follow up, review and process improvement
• Document the data and prepare summaries of trial results with recommendations for processing and/or product improvements based on observations
• Calibrate and complete preventive maintenance of pilot plant equipment
• Maintain equipment in good sanitary and working condition
• Assist Product developers with benchtop work that may include pre-weighing, batching, data collection etc.
• Maintain a safe, clean and sanitary work area
• Assist with incoming ingredient shipments and outgoing finished products
• Responsible to follow and uphold all Food Safety, Food Quality, Occupational Safety, Health and Environment policies and procedures as pertains to role
• Minor mechanical troubleshooting/repair/plumbing as required
• Actively participate in cross-training as needed as well as learning new skills required due to technology advances
• Review and update SOP's and SSOP's related to the Innovation Center as required
• Some travel required
• Other duties as assigned

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
• Minimum High School degree or equivalent
• Minimum three years of manufacturing experience working in a food or Pilot Plant Environment
is Preferred
• Operations of equipment and knowledge of all unit operations

COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS:
• Strong communication: organizational, interpersonal skills with detail oriented
• Ability to work in a fast paced, robust, and inclusive environment
• Strong mathematical skills with excellent problem solving and equipment troubleshooting skills
• Ability to interact with colleagues from other functions to answer questions and plan activities
• Highly motivated, critical problem solver, results oriented, performance driven and easily adapts
to change
• Microsoft Office applications: Excel, Power Point, Word, Project

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
• Capability to lift 40 lbs. of product routinely and climb ladders to maintenance equipment
• Ability to work in cold processing rooms with temperatures around 40°F
• Prior forklift training/experience preferred

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