Product Development Technologist
Kelly Services Inc
Vancouver, BC, Canada
16d ago
  • Responsible for all aspects of benchtop prototype creation, including setting up recipes, obtaining ingredient samples, preparing samples in lab, and evaluating results
  • Lead plant trials, overseeing all aspects of trial execution, including issuing recipes, ensuring products meet required specifications, collecting data, documenting outcomes and reporting trial costs to plant finance
  • Attend first production runs, monitor performance on line and make recommendations to address any challenges
  • Champion reformulation projects for product improvement, ingredient substitutions, cost-reduction or plant simplification
  • Support innovation initiatives, collaborating with other members of the R&D team ? Work closely with other plant departments including quality assurance, operations, and maintenance to achieve cross-functional objectives
  • Prepare all documentation (e.g. formulas, change notifications, etc) required to support development process
  • Set up & participate in sensory evaluation of products
  • Organize sample shipments to customers, including collecting & screening product samples, packing shipments, and coordinating to ensure export paperwork is completed
  • Conduct chemical & physical lab analysis (e.g. pH, moisture, water activity, rheology) as required to support product development activities
  • Manage sample inventory of packaging, raw ingredients and finished goods
  • Maintain R&D lab cleanliness & organization
  • Resourceful with proven problem solving skills and a high attention to detail
  • Ability to apply analytical thinking skills in a dynamic manufacturing environment
  • Self-motivated with a drive to learn and adaptable to changing priorities
  • Strong oral & written communication skills
  • Technical understanding of ingredient functionality and food processing
  • Passion for working with food and strong culinary skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Excel.
  • BSc in Food Science or related discipline required
  • 2-3 years of experience in R&D in the food industry
  • Manufacturing experience with fresh and / or frozen prepared meals and sauces preferred
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