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Food Technologist I at Rich Products Corporation in Buffalo, New York

Posted in Research 30+ days ago.

Type: Full Time

Job Description:

Rich's has been able to pull off something rare in the business world: a culture that successfully blends the latest business practices with family values. That means our associates are able to work for a great company while also benefiting from a work environment that fosters world class professionalism combined with family intimacy. Our benefit offerings are reflective of this unique blend of Life, Work and Family .
We are looking for someone passionate about food to join our US & Canada R&D Team that foscuses on Muffins, Uniced Cakes,and Donuts. As a Food Technologist you will work on existing products and use your innovative mindset to support new product development within this category. There is also opportunity to work directly with our customers, travel to our manufacturing faciliites for trials and partner with cross functional teams for each project. The ideal candidate will either have some experience from doing an internship or Co-Op or someone that is early in his/her career. Experience or degree with a concentration on bakery, processed grains, bread, dough and frozen foods preferred.
New Product Development/Product Improvements/Cost reductions (40%)
Prepares prototype products using research lab, pilot lab, manufacturing facilities and equipment, as required.
Administers and coordinates routine assignments, small projects or segments of larger projects, assisting in defining project objectives, organizing and prioritizing tasks and conducting necessary experiments and analyses.
Interfaces frequently with various internal departments (e.g. Marketing, Procurement, Engineering, QA and Operations) and customers in accomplishing project milestones.
Selects and evaluates raw materials for experiments
Sets-up, operates and maintains pilot lab and research lab equipment.
Designs and conducts basic shelf life and storage studies, including product and package performance evaluations under various conditions.
Demonstrates new and existing products to staff and/or customers.
Performs basic measurements and statistical analysis.
Technical Support (45%)
Presents results of basic experiments and recommendations to various groups, both internally and externally.
Orders materials for producing and evaluating basic prototypes
Develops solutions to routine technical problems by applying basic technical knowledge and experience.
Record-keeping: (10%)
Maintains accurate, up to date records, laboratory notebooks and computer database
Prepare and document all plant validation trials according to department protocol.
Ensures the work environment is sanitary, safe, and orderly.
Maintains a sanitary, safe and orderly work environment
Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering with 2 years of experience in food preparation/food industry with completion of one relevant co-op or internship OR Masters in Food Science
Knowledge of advanced mathematics (i.e. statistics) and their practical application
Broad understanding of food science (e.g. biochemistry, microbiology, nutrition, etc.) acquired through both lecture and laboratory work
Ability to apply technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques
Solid verbal and written communication skills
Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced environment
Ability to compare and distinguish differences in ingredients, materials, etc. through taste, smell, touch and visual inspection
Manual dexterity required to operate various equipment such as scales, balances, etc.
Solid PC proficiency (Excel, Word, database, statistical software) and the ability to create spreadsheets, computer analysis, report writing. Proficient with relevant software tools (e.g. PLM, etc.)
Ability to use database, presentation and project management software beneficial.
Rich Products Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates ("Rich's"), are committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local law. The information collected by this application is solely to determine suitability for employment, verify identity, and maintain employment statistics on applicants.
Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on Rich's. Please contact Rich's Human Resources department if you need assistance completing this application or to otherwise participate in the application process.