Process engineer

Company Name:
Perdue Farms, Inc.
Description/Job Summary
Responsible for development of processes that lead to new food products, improved products and cost reductions. Independently plans and conducts multiple project assignments. Helps mentor others in the process. Project scope to include: new processes, Quality improvements of existing products, Cost optimization of existing products and technical brand maintenance, i.e. USDA/government compliance. Translates technology trends into new products.
1. Develops new processes in support of new products, which grow top line volume against our new products as a % of revenue goals. Conducts and leads required lab, pilot plant and plant experimentation.
2. Optimizes current processes to maximize yield and quality.
3. Identifies and evaluates new process technologies, which have the opportunity to drive Company business growth.
4. Executes and documents all development work accurately. This includes written documentation of lab work, pilot plant tests, and plant trials.
5. Develops new product and process design scopes, including: process flow diagrams, preliminary costing, and equipment specs.
6. Prepares accurate and timely specifications for all processes developed.
7. Primary interaction with Operations, Product Development and Plant engineering to successfully implement new processes.
8. Manages vendor relationships necessary to affect new technology development.
9. Serves as go-to technical expert in 1 to 2 Company relevant areas of expertise. Communicates technology trends to the organization.
10. Manages project time to ensure effective allocation of resources. Champions the NPD process.
Required Experience
Requires 8 - 10 years related work experience. Solid knowledge of the product development process from idea generation, bench top, scale up and commercialization. Strong understanding of food process equipment. Outstanding cross-functional team play. Requires clear written and verbal communication skills; excellent analytical knowledge and problem solving skills. Solid knowledge of ingredients including functionality, allergen considerations and cost. Expert understanding of food manufacturing process and the sequence of events necessary to convert raw materials to finished products. Strong ability in translating consumer needs and business objectives into innovative new product design requirements. Strong ability in translating consumer needs and business objectives into innovative new product design requirements. Ability to manage and develop subordinates. Strong knowledge in food processing technology and commercialization. Must be able to travel up 35% of their time.
Required Education
Bachelors degree or equivalent work experience in Food/Meat Science or Food Engineering.
Preferred Education
MS degree preferred
Perdue family of companies is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce.

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