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Our client is one of the country's largest and most well-known producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded food and pet products for the U.S. retail market. The Company also produces and distributes private label food and pet products.

They currently have a new opportunity for a Project Engineer in their division on the West Coast.

EDUCATION:

The incumbent should have a B.S. Degree in an Engineering discipline
with Chemical, Manufacturing, or Food Engineering preferred.

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE:

The incumbent should possess 5 to 10 years' experience in food processing, including extrusion forming.Experience with low moisture foods.

BROAD FUNCTION AND SCOPE OF THE POSITION:

This position is responsible to independently conduct research projects leading to the commercialization of new cat and dog food products through the development / creation of new processes or process modifications resulting in a financial impact up to $1,000,000/year. The Projects Manager, Process Engineering will oversee new product scale-ups production line start-ups as well as troubleshooting for various Company installations. The Project Manager, Process Engineering performs the planning, designing and execution of projects by carrying out design of experiments to determine key factors (e.g., fractional factorials) and optimization (e.g., response surface methodology), as well as process and fluid modeling (e.g., computational flow dynamics) as prescribed by the project. The incumbent must determine and maintain a business understanding on project cost, capital investment and timeline during the development of the project. The Project Manager, Process Engineering is responsible for communicating results to internal management by means of product development status, scale-up results, and cost / timeline impact. This position must demonstrate excellent project planning skills to independently plan and coordinate all aspects of his/her projects.

PRINCIPAL CONTINUING RESPONSIBILITIES:

Assignments are made by the Senior Projects Manager – Process Engineering or the Group Engineering Manager. A Project Manager, Process Engineering supervises creative design and development of new and/or modifications of processes or equipment. The incumbent will evaluate process capability and production scale-ups. This position also performs troubleshooting for and at various Company installations.

The functions performed by this position are the planning and execution of projects by planning and executing experimental designs, recording of experimental data, and communication of results to the Senior Projects Manager, Process Engineering and/or Group Engineering Manager by means of pilot or factory run, product evaluation, and laboratory reports. The Project Manager, Process Engineering must possess project planning skills and be capable of coordination with other groups within the Company that are involved in the completion of the project(s).

The challenges most often encountered in this position are technical hurdles related to the development or modification related to Company manufacturing processes and/or equipment. The greatest challenge is to achieve the desired research result within the product specifications, timeline, and cost parameters. The incumbent must also keep abreast of new technology advances in his/her area of work.

The incumbent will at times be required to travel to various Company installations or suppliers up to 40% of the time.

The Project Manager's performance is measured by his/her ability to efficiently and scientifically conduct research projects and his/her ability to work internally with other engineers, technologists, and technicians within the pet food R&D group, the Equipment Design Center (EDC) and other R&D groups, and personnel at the other Company Pet Food products facilities.

Other aspects of this position which are required of an incumbent:

• Must be able to travel by plane;
• Must be able to work in a factory environment dealing with equipment and raw ingredients;
• Must be capable of travel for extended periods.

The greatest challenge of this position is to achieve the desired research result within the product specifications, time guidelines, cost/capital, and quality goals as set forth for the projects.

The incumbent will be working at times in a factory setting and must be able to handle the work required during testing including maneuvering around equipment. This position requires air travel over extended periods (as high as 40%). The ability to generate clear written communication, comprehend written and verbal instructions, maintain and record written records, possess mathematical dexterity, and utilize a computer in everyday work is required.

The incumbent should have managerial approval prior to the issuance of formulas, formula changes, process modifications, or research results to Del Monte Foods personnel outside the Laboratory. Key contacts within the organization include daily contact with others within the Laboratory, Quality Assurance, and Operations, and periodic contact with Marketing and Procurement. Occasional contact with outside supplier representatives and more infrequently, customers, also occurs.

All applicants for this position must be authorized to work in the United States now and in the future without requiring sponsorship.

 

For additional information, please contact Gina Tentzeras, 954-428-3888, or ginat@foodscience.com.


 

 

 


 

 

 


 



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