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Dairy Farmers of America Process Technologist - Fractionation in Springfield, Missouri

Position : Process Technologist - Fractionation

Location : Springfield, Missouri

Requisition ID: : 11006

Under direction of the Manager of Process Technology, conduct process related initiatives in support of the Ingredient Solutions business unit. Be responsible for the optimization and innovation of products and processes, including the commercialization of new products and the maintenance of existing products and processes. Provide technical support to cross functional teams working on (strategic) capital projects.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Execute process initiatives related to milk fractionation and related products​

  • Build collaborative relationship with research and development (R&D) scientists. Understand production processes and flag any potential problems to R&D scientist at early development states

  • Scale-up line extension products (e.g., process modifications, alternate packaging, enhanced functional properties)

  • Scale-up production runs of new products, new processes as handed off by R&D

  • Develop written instructions for scale-up trials to be handed off to operations teams

  • Finalize product documentation including specifications

  • Assist in asset evaluation

  • Assist in mass balance verification related to strategic projects

  • Validate new equipment/process during new equipment installation/commissioning

  • Maintain products and processes including secondary ingredient supplier validation

  • Verify shelf-life of existing products

  • Identify rework opportunities and acceptable usage levels

  • Identify and validate alternate ingredients

  • Identify and implement cost savings related to process, materials, and packaging

  • Identify and implement yield improvements

  • Identify and commission alternate asset utilization

  • Utilize analytical skills to collect and analyze data from multiple sources

  • Exhibit flexibility and adaptability when working on multiple projects

  • Provide routine verbal and written updates on status of projects and initiatives

  • Actively promote safe work behaviors and hold oneself accountable for following safety rules and regulations

  • The requirements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employee, but is not a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Other duties may be assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • B.S. / B.A. in Food Science or related field; advanced degree preferred

  • 3+ years of dairy products manufacturing experience, with emphasis on cheese and fractionation technology; 5+ years preferred

  • Training or experience with continuous improvement fundamentals

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • In-depth understanding of food chemistry, microbiology and dairy processing

  • In-depth understanding of plant operations and manufacturing processes, including cheese and milk fractionation experience

  • Knowledge of laboratory methods and full understanding of process and formulation on food safety

  • Ability to effectively use laboratory and pilot plant scale equipment

  • Ability to effectively solve problems and make decisions

  • Ability to work in a team environment but can also work independently with minimal supervision

  • Strong written and verbal communication and influencing skills

  • Desire to continually learn and improve skills and knowledge level

  • Knowledge of project management tools and techniques

  • Knowledge of continuous improvement tools and techniques

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Excellent organizational skills with ability to prioritize and plan work

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PowerBI, and SharePoint

  • Knowledge of SAP and OpenText, preferred

  • Must be willing to travel 25-50% of the time (up to 1 week per month)

  • Must be able to read, write and speak English

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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