Ingenuity Center Manager - Food Scientist

Provisur Technologies - Mokena, IL3.8

Full-timeEstimated: $75,000 - $110,000 a year
Manage all areas of the Product Development and Technology Center including the production floor, food science lab, and kitchen. Responsible for upkeep of equipment, facility, and resources associated within the Center. Study and define interactions of various food products with processing equipment. Act as resource support for customers and sales for equipment applications in food processing. Analyze and determine engineering modifications and changes needed to fulfill customers' requirements for equipment. Work with engineering on necessary changes. Manage all areas of food science interaction at the Ingenuity Center including; the production floor, food science laboratory, and preparation/demonstration kitchen. Follow all safety and standard manufacturing practices and adhere to government regulations. Interact with customers in a professional manner. Document and archive all data related to product and equipment testing.

Specify and/or procure raw material/ingredients for product testing. Interact with internal/external customers. Ability to operate all required equipment for product tests. Organize and record all pertinent test data. Prepare test report including statistical analysis if needed.
Manage food science laboratory, including external testing when required. Analyze laboratory data and document findings.
Manage PDTC facility upkeep; clean facility and equipment after product runs, dispose of product, conduct preventative maintenance of equipment and conduct basic troubleshooting of mechanical systems and equipment.
Manage preparation kitchen and demonstration kitchen. Prepare product samples for evaluation. Keep kitchens clean and organized. Maintain appliances that are up to date and utilized at our customer.
Educate and enforce good manufacturing practices (GMP’s) for all personnel working/entering the Ingenuity Center
Establish/follow and assure compliance to sanitation standard operating procedures (SSOP’s).
Lab Assays - Perform bone digestions on meat and poultry samples.
As a manager in the organization, it is your responsibility to optimize the work of assigned department(s) and balance the workload appropriately; develop and implement efficiencies to improve the workflow; develop and oversee the training, development and evaluation of assigned staff and ensure smooth teamwork with other functions; and, ensure high quality standards are established and maintained.
Additionally, it is your responsibility to accomplish your own work in an organized, timely manner; and effectively manage approved budgets; generate and solicit continuous improvement ideas from your team and develop implementation plans; take personal responsibility for service excellence, sustainability and safe working practices; and, understand and ensure compliance with our Principles & Values and all company policies and procedures.

Knowledge of food production equipment and processes; especially for meat and poultry.
Knowledge of and ability to perform standard lab tests on food products.
Ability to give a technical presentation to customers.
Advanced computing skills: MS-Office, Windows, Outlook, Pivot Tables, and Charts with the ability to prepare technical presentation.
Strong technical background with an understanding of hydraulics, electrical and electronics, pneumatics, technical drawing and mechanical design.
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate at all levels and with customers.
Ability to multi-task and establish priorities while maintaining composure.
Ability to motivate, manage and develop workforce.
Ability to set and work within department budget.
Ability to supervise and develop others and delegate duties.
High standards of professional ethics and business conduct
Strong organizational and leadership skills.
Positive attitude, pride in work, professional demeanor, and able to work well independently or in a collaborative team environment.

10 years of experience as a food scientist in meat and poultry industry (supplier or processor).
5 years supervisory experience.

Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science
Master’s Degree preferred.