Food Tech I

Glanbia - Downers Grove, IL3.6

30+ days agoFull-timeEstimated: $47,000 - $60,000 a year
Job Summary:
This entry/junior level lab position will be expected to work closely with their Manager and other Food Technologists on the development of powder, bar, and ready-to-drink (and other format) projects from concept through execution. Successful applicants must demonstrate the ability to juggle multiple projects and must demonstrate good organizational, analytical, and communication skills.

Note: This is a lab position where all food allergens (milk, soy, nuts, peanuts, wheat, egg, etc…) are present. This person will be involved in tasting a variety product types and subsequently exposed to them.

Essential Functions:
New Product Development
Develop foods and supplements including: powdered and RTD beverages, capsule, and tablets, and RTE foods. Includes: formulation, validating ingredient and ingredient vendors, preliminary costing and preparing nutritional/supplement panels.
Create and flavor prototypes.
Organizes basic sensory panels. Refines formulations until desired characteristics are achieved.
Oversees pilot plant experiments and scale-up manufacturing runs.
Initiates raw material and factory trial analytical testing.
Enters raw material specifications and formulas into product development software.
Reformulates to bring formulations into compliance with changing government regulations or customer requirements.
Observational Skills and monitoring product stability.
Documents all formulations, variables tested, product stability, and other pertinent details and enters into lab notebooks and Formula Management System.
Produces formula cost information; works with purchasing, finance, and sales teams to help establish final product pricing; initiates new item forms for all product introductions.
Works with Regulatory to generate compliant Supplement/Nutrition facts panels and ingredient listings for product packaging/artwork and proofreads for accuracy.
Raw material specification advisement and review.
Contributes to innovation, trouble shooting, and brain storming ideas in a team environment.
Works with key suppliers to keep abreast of upcoming trends, novel ingredients, and new application ideas.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of the position
Detail oriented, well organized and follows GMP lab factory guidelines
Understands and follows daily lab, development, and production processes
Demonstrates ability for multi-tasking, attention to detail, accuracy of figures
Skills of the position
Strong analytical and communication skills
Basic lab skills (ability to weigh and measure)
Proficient mathematical abilities
Able to follow a formula and flavor products
Ability to accurately weight and measure materials
Understands MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), nutritional software
Abilities for the position
Possess problem solving skills– uses rigor, logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions
Robust planning skills – accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks, sets objectives and goals.
Can demonstrate Learning on the fly – learns quickly when facing new problems, open to change
Technical Learning – Picks up technical skills quickly
Works well in a fast paced “hands on” environment
Good flavoring skills and vocabulary to create new products and solve problems

Bachelors of Science in Food Science, Nutrition, or related field
Years of experience: 0-4 years of relevant experience working in the food, beverage or dietary supplement industry; prior development and knowledge of dietary supplements is an advantage