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Junior Food Scientist - R&D Opening at Happy Family

Position Title: Junior Food Scientist (Product & Packaging)

Department: R&D

Reports to: Happy Family R&D Director

Experience: 2 to 5 years

Location: Boise, Idaho

Happy Family is looking for a Junior Food Scientist for the Boise, Idaho location. This position will take a role in the development of new dry food products from concept through product launch as part of the Research and Development team. Applies food science and technology principles to new product development, product line extensions, product/process improvements, and maintenance of existing products. In addition, supports Packaging Development Manager in new packaging development.

Key Responsibilities:

Product Development (~70%)

• Develop &/or support dry products development according to the project brief to achieve cost targets, nutritional profile, ingredient statement, and desired attributes of the target product;

• Evaluate technical feasibility of new product innovations in collaboration with RD Project Managers, QA, Operations, and Marketing

• Conduct & document bench top trials, pilot plant and production trials at co-manufacturing facilities

• Design, organize, complete & document shelf life studies of owned formulations

• Develop / gather required specification documentations & follow the review process

• Maintain a thorough understanding of US Food Labeling and National Organic Program Regulations and ensure product compliance with FDA and USDA government regulations & other countries regulations as needed

• Develop and grow industry network to further expand the understanding of available products, technologies, services and innovations

• Seek out and read industry literature and as it relates to new assignments and technologies; identify new innovation opportunities

Packaging Development support (~30%)

• Collect packaging material specification sheets from suppliers • Collect and manage quality food safety documents

• Assist with analyzing packaging materials impact to product sensory quality & food safety • Research innovative and sustainable packaging formats

• Attend and document packaging trials as needed • Review product packaging information on finished good specs

Qualifications: Required

• Bachelor's degree in Food Technology, Food Science

• At least two years of relevant work experience

• Positive, can-do, proactive attitude and strong work ethic

• Excellent communication & networking skills • Strong analytical & problem solving skills, attention to detail

• Willingness and availability to travel up to 35%

• Flexible and self-disciplined to deliver meaningful results on time in fast-paced environment with minimal supervision

• Strong computer application skills, Excel, Word, and Power Point.


• Specialized knowledge of dry food product development & food manufacturing process technologies (extrusion, drying technologies etc.)

• Food packaging experience

• Experience managing co-manufacturers


HAPPY FAMILY is a rapidly expanding, socially responsible company offering a line of organic foods targeted to kids from 1 to 101. Our products can be found in over 10,000 stores across the country, including Whole Foods, Target, Costco, HEB, Kroger, Publix, Amazon.com, and Albertsons--not to mention local Co-ops. For more about us, please visit our website: www.happybabyfood.com.

To Apply: Interested candidates should reply with their resume and cover letter with position title in email subject line. Any submissions without both a resume and cover letter will not be considered. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. Contact info: jennifer@happyfamilybrands.com

Date posted: 7/11/17


Assistant Professor – Tenure-Track - San Jose State University


A doctorate degree in Food Science and Technology or a related area is required for appointment. University-level teaching experience is required (minimum one year preferred) as well as professional work experience (minimum two years preferred) in Food Science and Technology in industry or a related field. Another requirement includes research experience. Course development, curriculum planning and grant writing experience are preferred. Applicants with an interest in Packaging and/or Culinology preferred. Applicants should have awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.


· Classroom instruction of Food Science courses for majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels, food science for non-majors, and courses in related areas as expertise permits; curriculum planning and development; student advising and committee responsibilities; supervision of student field experiences and graduate student research activities; and grant writing.

· Liaison with industry to develop student field experiences, graduate projects, and curriculum support. Interdisciplinary collaboration with Packaging, Culinology, Nutrition, and other content areas preferred. Participation in professional organization meeting activities to food science and technology.

· Teaching effectiveness, service to students and university, and scholarly/professional achievement are required for retention, tenure and promotion.

· Candidate must address the needs of a student population of great diversity-in-age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Starting Date: August 20, 2018

Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure:

For full consideration, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/philosophy, research plans, and at least three original letters of reference with contact information by November 1, 2017 to apply.interfolio.com

Please direct questions to:

Chair Dr. Ashwini Wagle, Search Committee

Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging

San Jose State University





Operations Specialist - Land O'Lakes


The Land O'Lakes Supply Chain & Operations division provides strategic leadership across the company's many business units. The team plays a significant role in fueling revenue growth and profitability through operational excellence, quality, process improvement and innovation. By partnering closely with Finance, Marketing and Human Resources, the team delivers value to Land O'Lakes business units, members and customers.

Job Description and Qualifications

Position Purpose:

This position will coordinate with R&D, the SOM (Strategic Operations Manager) and Headquarters regarding all aspects of product development trials in production. In addition, there are on-going capital improvements in the Kent facility. Both efforts require full-time coordination from the Kent production department. Without full-time attention, focus is lost on the day-to-day production requirements.

Experience-Education (Required):

Four-year degree required with emphasis in engineering or food science. We are seeking one (1) plus year experience in a manufacturing environment with a commitment and awareness to human safety. Based on performance and as opportunities arise, incumbent must be mobile as needed to advance into progressive roles within the company. Seek a person with strong leadership, problem and decision-making skills with excellent oral, written and presentation skills at various levels of the company.

Competencies-Skills (Required):

-This position will represent Kent, Ohio in coordinating and interacting with R&D, Management and Headquarters regarding all aspects of development trials in production.

- In addition, there are on-going capital improvements in the Kent facility as well as continuous process improvement reviews that will be assigned to this position.

- The incumbent will report to the Operations Manager but will frequently collaborate with and take direction from the Technical Services Manager.

- This position provides technical support with process and line issues and will partner with production leadership in these efforts.

-This position will conduct training, lead team meetings and improve communications with the goal of enabling employees at the shop floor level of making informed decision. A result of these efforts will be to improve plant performance and efficiencies while improving employee satisfaction and employee relations.

-This individual will function as a fill-in production supervisor for all shifts and provides coordination and resources to assist in complying with all regulatory issues including safety, GMP's, environmental sanitation, and worker's compensation.

-This position will mentor new production supervisors on day-to-day operations responsibilities to include Catalyst training, labor scheduling, and understanding production processes. Maintains and keeps immediate supervisor promptly informed of matters of significance concerning the department and takes/recommends corrective action where appropriate.

-This role will develop standard operating procedures for production employees. Conducts training with employees on the standard operating procedure. Monitors understanding and adherence to SOP's.

-The incumbent understands and enforces the union contract, attendance policy, work rules, GMP's, appropriate behavior in the workplace. Strong awareness and compliance to human and food safety is required.

-The incumbent in this position will work non-traditional hours (second and third shifts) as well as first shift to provide coverage as needed. Assignments will include working all three shifts on an intermittent basis.

-This individual will Lead PIT teams and other process improvement initiatives and serve as a subject matter expert for Land O'Lakes specific processes and production areas.

-This role interacts with maintenance, quality, engineering, and contractors as needed on projects.

-This role will develop and update process condition sheets as required.

-The incumbent will assist in the coordination activities for maintenance shutdowns for both Land O'Lakes employees and contractors.

-This role delivers input to engineering on capital improvements and serves as a go between for production and product management. This individual will assist in management of projects as needed.

-This position provides back up to the other Operations Specialist(s) and performs other duties as assigned.

Hours: This position is a 3rd shift role (11 PM – 7 AM). On occasion this individual may provide coverage on other shifts as needed.

EOE M/F/Vets/Disabled. Land O'Lakes, Inc. enforces a policy of maintaining a drug-free workforce, including pre-employment substance abuse testing.

Primary Location: US-Ohio-Kent
Job Function: Manufacturing and Operations
Organization: Supply Chain
Shift: 3rd
Job Type: Experienced
Job Posting: Jun 19, 2017


Date posted: 6/26/17


AIB International - Pilot Plant Technologist/Teaching Assistant

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Date posted: 6/12/17


AIB International - Pilot Plant Technician

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Date posted: 6/12/17


Call Hall at the Union

CALL HALL AT THE UNION is currently hiring Representatives of Excellence in Customer Service. As an ambassador for the Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, you should possess and demonstrate a core set of skills including, but not limited to:

  1. Strong Customer Service awareness and attentiveness.
  2. Physical Endurance including the ability to lift up to 20 pounds regularly, and bending or stooping for the duration of your shift.
  3. Possess the ability to transition from one task to another quickly.
  4. Demonstrate accuracy and completion in recipe execution and cash handling transactions.

CALL HALL AT THE UNION offers flexible scheduling of up to 30 hours per week, with easy and convenient access to a central location, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. KSU students should obtain and submit an employment screening packet from John Kessler or Kevin Snell in 139 Call Hall or Becky Ayres in 232 Weber Hall. Any additional questions or information should be directed to John Kessler, Food Service Manager, at 660-537-3855.


Food Safety Technologist - Smithfield

Smithfield – Kansas City, MO – Second Shift position – 3pm – 12 pm

Job Description:

This position assists the Food Safety Department to ensure the food safety system at the plant is properly documented and implemented – thus ensuring USDA regulatory compliance and the production of safe and wholesome meat products.


HACCP Programs and Food Safety

· Assists in development, implementation and compliance with HACCP programs that support the safe handling of food recording and analyzing critical control point records that track product through the plant ensuring the safety of food products at all times.

· Properly review and scrutinize all aspects of the food safety system and meat production processes

USDA Regulatory Requirements

· Ensure the USDA regulatory requirements for Food Safety are met

· Assist with revisions and update food safety programs and procedures including the annual reassessment of all programs

Sanitation Checks

· Conducts pre-operation sanitation checks to ensure all pre-operation sanitation has been done correctly

· Determines need for re-sampling of equipment and communicates information to sanitation and plant personnel. Conducts follow up to ensure the sampling was properly

Food Safety Deficiencies

· Communicates findings regarding food safety deficiencies to Plant Food Safety Manager and provides feedback and recommendations

· Assists with the training to plant employees regarding food safety deficiencies and corrective actions as needed

Leadership and Expertise

· Provides technical guidance regarding food safety and sanitation to plant personnel

In the absence of key personnel the employee's supervisor or qualified designee (one that has been trained in the key employee's duties) is responsible to complete and delegate the completion of all required tasks and responsibilities.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

· Bachelor's Degree (B.A.) or Associates Degree in Food Science or related field and 0-2 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

· Ability to use exposure monitoring equipment, interpret, and communicate results

· Knowledge of Microsoft Suite software, e.g. Excel, Word and PowerPoint, UNIX applications (SAP)

· Detailed oriented

· Strong organizational skills

· Strong interpersonal and technical skills

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position does not have supervisory responsibilities

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those an employee should possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

· Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds

· Specific vision includes close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus

· Frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

· Office and plant setting. The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.

· Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area.

Applications can be submitted online at http://www.smithfieldfoods.com/careers

Date posted: 6/5/17


Graduate Research Assistant Position

Position Description:

Dr. Byron Chaves is recruiting individuals interested in graduate education and research in food safety microbiology, particularly in the safety of meat and poultry products. The position will be housed in the Department of Food Science and Technology (http://foodsci.unl.edu/) located at the Food Innovation Center in Lincoln, NE.

The start date is flexible but ideally on or soon after January 1st, 2018.

Application Requirements: Individuals with backgrounds in Food Science, Food Technology, Animal Science, Poultry Science, Microbiology, Veterinary Sciences, or a highly-related field are encouraged to apply. Potential candidates should familiarize themselves with the Department datelines and requirements for application (http://foodsci.unl.edu/gradadmit) and with the Office of Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/home).

Funding and Stipend: Funding is available for one graduate student at the master's ($21,500/year) or PhD ($22,500/year) level. International applicants are advised and encouraged to look for available scholarships and fellowships from their governments.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Before submitting your application materials to the Department or to the Graduate School, you must contact Dr. Chaves directly (byron.chaveselizondo@unl.edu). Attach your CV (one page) and a one-page letter of intent stating your academic background and experience, the reason(s) why you are interested in obtaining an advanced degree, and your mid-term career goals. You also need to include your availability (date when you can or want to start) and most importantly, your funding situation (self-funded, government funding, seeking UNL funding, etc.). Qualified applicants will be invited to a Skype interview as part of the selection process.

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: Graduate students in Dr. Chaves' research team will be expected and encouraged to actively participate in research/extension projects on- and off- campus, present at professional meetings, publish scientific manuscripts, get involved in professional associations, and collaborate in grant writing. Dr. Chaves foster scientific creativity and welcomes ideas for research projects.

Date posted: 6/5/17


Production Supervisor – Simmons Pet Food

Job Description:

Simmons Pet Food is looking for a Production Supervisor that can lead an assigned production team to achieve goals and problem quality.

Responsible for product processing, packaging, and storage in compliance with FDA, USDA, and Simmons rules and regulations.

Leads a team of front-line employees.

Effectively communicates with and motivates employees in order to drive productivity and achieve company goals.

Supervises employees to maintain discipline, teamwork, and safety so that daily production requirements are met.

Responsible for scheduling, tracking attendance, and reviewing and approving time off for their direct reports.

Responsible for work effort and appraisal of personnel.

Supervises and coordinates the activities of workers engaged in processing and/or the development of a product or a service.

Maintains inventory records.

Requisitions ingredients and/or supplies as necessary to meet delivery schedules.

Evaluates materials and products to maintain organizational standards.

Confers with other supervisors to coordinate activities between departments. Manages and utilizes various production reports.

Reviews daily production against customer requirements. Interprets, understands, and manages reports within responsible area such as throughput, yield, etc.

Meets production requirements while maintaining appropriate line speeds and efficiency ensuring quality products.

Accomplishes all paperwork in accordance with established time frames or record keeping requirements. Emphases a safe work environment. Promotes a safe work environment as well as meets safety requirements complying with all policies or regulations set forth by Simmons, OSHA, and various government agencies concerning safety, environment, handling of food products, packaging, ingredients and any related items. Creates a continuous improvement culture. Fosters a continuous improvement culture for direct reports. Ensures operations are being performed appropriately in order to improve processes and to continually find ways to drive out waste. Applies LEAN concepts and procedures to the day-to-day production operations. Accomplishes quality performance, which meets or exceeds all line, department, facility, company, and USDA/FDA guidelines or grading process for a total quality program and customer relations. Communicates at all levels in order to meet production expectations. Collaborates with the functional areas of operations such as Human Resources, Safety, Maintenance, Quality Assurance, Finance, Shipping and others. Communicates at all levels to maximize processing of the highest quality product at the lowest cost possible. Manages employees. Directs and supervises employees' work activities and monitors work performance. Collaborates with Human Resources to screen, interview and hire candidates. Administers disciplinary actions and recommends performance improvement actions in collaboration with the HR Manager. Monitors work performance and recommends compensation decisions based on guidelines. Follows Simmons values to develop and maintain a favorable working relationship with all employees. Promotes a cooperative and harmonious environment in order to facilitate positive employee morale, productivity, and continued improvement.


Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree or 4 years related work experience with a minimum of 1 year experience in a leading role included in the 4 years related work experience.

Technical Experience:

Willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction required. Must be able to read and write English. Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resource management, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. Must be familiar with computers and be proficient in Microsoft Office suite. Industry Experience: Preferred experience within a food processing organization.

Application Instructions:

Apply on line at simmonsfoods.com/careers or email resume to melisa.arellano@simfoods.com

Online Application Address:


Date posted: 5/30/17


Quality Manager – Nashville Bun Co.

Job Description:

The Quality Manager sets the standard to meet our customer's expectations. The Quality Manager leads the facility through education on food safety, process consistency, and product specifications in order to deliver the highest standard product.

In short—the quality manager sets the course in order to meet and exceed our customer's expectations and those of the international community by way of GFSI standards.

Preferred Experience
5 years experience within a Bakery Environment (3+ years in supervision role)


Most Important: Action-Oriented, Integrity and Trust, Drive for Results
Secondary Tendencies: Customer Focus, Timely Decision Making, Process Management, Motivating Others, Priority Setting, Problem Solving, Standing Alone, Time Management, Dealing with Ambiguity, Conflict Management, Developing Direct Reports and Others

Technical Skills

Lead by example Promote safe behaviors by proactively seeking to reduce risk within the plant as well with the facility's QA team [Provide insights to simplify process and develop poka-yokes through Gemba walks and presence on the floor]
Safety team, SDS Audit, Allergen and cross contamination awareness/protection

Quality Systems:
Implementation, maintenance and improvement of FSMA, GFSI (BRC/SQF), FDA, USDA, GMP certified programs
Successfully led past audits knowledge of regulations (FDA)
Customer Relations (quality specifications & complaint management)
Product attribute Sensory experience
Customer specifications

Process Control:
Root Cause Analysis (RCA)
Non-conformance & corrective action follow-up SPC– statistical process control (CP/CPK)
Continuous improvement (Kaizen, Gemba, Poka-Yoke)

Talent management/development
Driving & implementing systems through others
Training and coaching technical and leadership competencies Problem Solving on an interdiciplinary team

Bakery Experience:
New Product Development (NPD) Nutritional Experience
Troubleshooting and ingredient functionality knowledge

At The Bakery Cos. our mission is to Create Opportunities, Make a Difference, and Impact Lives.

The Bakery Companies offers a highly competitive compensation package, including salary with bonus incentives, full healthcare benefits, 401(k) program, and more.


Proficient to Advance at MS Office Suite (Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Word)

Required education:
HACCP or HARPC Coordinator Certification
FSMA PCQI Certification
Food Defense Coordinator Certification
Bachelor's Degree

Application Instructions:


Date posted: 5/30/17


Product Development Manager

The R&D Product Development Manager position works in a very hands-on environment in creating new products, building product extensions, and developing products to meet customer's needs. This position requires the management of technicians, food scientists, project leaders and multiple projects. Customer support and on-site visits to further develop their product initiatives is also a requirement of this position.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Plan and organize activities around new products and building product extensions.
  • Create and communicate product specifications.
  • Schedule product tests with production and scheduling departments.
  • Act as a liaison with new and current customers to develop new products or improve current products.
  • Develop staff to be a high performing team.
  • Consult with current and/or new suppliers on industry trends and culinary ideas.
  • Create and revise formulations for new and current products.
  • Provide cost analysis data to Finance for cost estimates and pricing.
  • Review existing production processes for cost improvement opportunities.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on product development.
  • Participate in presentations to customers.
  • Utilize and support the RD information system which electronically warehouses batches, specifications, formulations and other pertinent data.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • 5 to 7+ years of research development experience is preferred.
  • Bachelor's degree in Meat Science or related field is preferred.
  • Previous manufacturing experience is preferred.
  • Basic computer skills including MS Office.
  • Must be able to work extended hours and weekends if needed.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment of continuous change and challenges.
  • Computer experience – Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point) or Google (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides).
  • Ability to communicate with all levels of the organization.
  • Enthusiasm to keep up with system changes.
  • HACCP, meat and nutritional labeling requirements experience is a plus.

Work Environment

  • Majority of work performed in a typical office environment in a controlled atmosphere building.

For additional information, please contact Susan Canarick, (954) 428-3888 or susanc@foodscience.com.

Date posted: 5/30/17


Quality Assurance Technician – Russel Stover Candies

Job Reference Num: 2317

No of Openings: 1

Hours per Week: 40

Wage/Salary: 13.00

Job Description:

The Quality Assurance Technician reviews and evaluates required plant quality documentation, to ensure compliance in the areas of quality, food safety and regulatory.

The QA Tech. will provide oversight into daily work activities conducted by the line inspectors to ensure compliance with code dates, correct rotation code and labeling. They will gather and analyze samples for testing. They will also provide oversight for ingredients being received as well as the inspection of raw materials. The Quality Technician assures that the plant effectively executes Lab policies, procedures, and systems established by the Corporate Quality Organization in the areas of Quality and Food Safety, analytical and performance testing methodologies. Champions the ownership of Food Safety and Food Quality programs to all plant personnel.


  • Assist Supervisor in the Development, Implementation and Maintenance of the Quality and Food Safety (HACCP) programs including employee training, document control and program auditing.
  • Assure plant QA lab compliance including record keeping, laboratory execution, Quality Alert effectiveness, hold and release protocols and COA compliance. Maintain high level of "Good Laboratory Practices".
  • Lead laboratory in troubleshooting micro related deficiencies, working with technical resources (Quality, Engineering, and R&D) and plant management resources to identify root cause and eliminate recurring lab – quality related issues.
  • Address incoming ingredients, including Salmonella testing. This includes hold and release protocols and COA compliance.
  • Coordinate the Third Party Microbiological and Chemical testing program to ensure reliable and efficient test results and ensures that plant laboratory is in compliance with equipment and procedural standards including calibration program.
  • Proactively review, analyze and report on out of compliance findings, which include documenting and required following-ups.
  • Ensure that "out of specification" product test results, which indicate action on product inventories, are communicated to the appropriate personnel expediently.
  • Work with Quality, Production, Maintenance, Transportation and Distribution to ensure compliance to Food Safety Plans (HACCP Plan). Promote understanding of process lines and Food Safety Plans.
  • Organize verification schedule of prerequisite programs including Pest Control, Maintenance, Sanitation, GMP's, Calibration of Equipment, Control of Physical Contamination, Allergen Control, Transport and Delivery, Training of Personnel, Food Defense and Internal Auditing with stakeholder (process owners) departments.
  • Maintenance of Quality Systems documentation to include QA, production and sanitation, organizing document numbering, archiving and storage.
  • Conduct weekly Self Inspections and data entry and participate in internal audit corrective action review meetings.
  • Actively engage in analyzing root cause analysis for customer complaints.
  • Ensure prompt communication of results and proper data storage for expedient retrieval.
  • Ensure laboratory methods manuals and laboratory SOP's are current and complete.
  • Working cross functionally within department to achieve results.


  • Ideally, a background in food technology, food science, confectionary, microbiology, or chemistry.
  • Detail oriented ability to balance multiple priorities, and a sense of urgency for problem solving and continuous improvement.
  • Ideally, one (1) year of quality, sanitation, and production experience in the food industry, preferably in confectionary, is required, with an intimate knowledge of and passion for quality and sanitation methods and techniques.
  • Knowledgeable about HACCP principles and AIB audit process.
  • Experienced using a pH meter and conducting acidity test, moisture analysis and sensory analysis when needed.
  • Strong level of assertiveness needed to be balanced with exceptional interpersonal skills to achieve results without direct authority.

Application Instructions:

Apply at link below or contact Abhi, QA Manager at Abhinav.Ananthreddigari@rstover.com


Date posted: 5/22/17


Papa John's - Product Quality Technologist

Job Number: 2017-6010
Address: 2002 Papa John's Blvd
Location: Louisville, KY


Preforms laboratory tests on all PJI proprietary and non-proprietary products and ingredients (flour, cheese, meat, sauces, etc.) for quality compliance and product development.

Perform chemical, physical and organoleptic evaluations on various samples following defined procedures and protocol
Order, receive, and prepare products as needed for testing and evaluations
Analyze data and report trends. Document and report results. Develop forms for recording results.
Develop, write and implement new lab procedures and update existing lab procedures.
Develop and maintain efficient lab operations by ensuring lab equipment is managed, set up, adjusted and maintained and sufficient supplies are on hand; research and recommend new lab equipment
Ensure lab complies with Good Laboratory Practices for safety and cleanliness.
Assist R&D Managers and QA Product Managers as needed on special projects


Basic computer skills with MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
Sound, scientific technical skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skill
Degree in Food Science or related field
Minimum of 1-3 years food industry laboratory experience required, preferably in the pizza/food industry


Exciting things are happening at Papa John's corporate restaurants. Work where the best ingredient is you!
Great things are happening at Papa John's! If you are looking for a fulfilling career with an international company, flavored with challenging work, mixed with professional development opportunities, a competitive salary and a collaborative team environment, then look no further! Papa John's seeks people who share our philosophy for success, are looking for quality business practices and meaningful work. All these combine to produce not only the best pizza, but also the best team members!

Papa John's has over 4,600 restaurants worldwide. We offer a competitive benefits and compensation package. Better Ingredients. Better People.
An equivalent combination of experience and training may substitute for any of the listed position qualifications.
Screening requirements: Criminal Background Check required.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Apply: http://jobs.papajohns.com/us/en-us/Job-Details/Product-Quality-Technologist-Job/Louisville-KY/XjdP-jf752-ct103496-jid73513678

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Adam Brock
Sr. Quality Manager - CFS, CSSGB, CQPA, CQA
Papa John's International
2002 Papa John's Blvd
Louisville, KY 40299
Office: 502-261-4698
Cell: 502-287-7594

Date Posted: 5/18/2017


Group Manager, Pet R&D – Simmons Pet Food

Job Description:

· Simmons Pet Food, Inc.
Position Opening – Group Manager, Pet R&D

BUSINESS GROUP/DEPT: Pet Food Research & Development
REPORTS TO: Vice President, R&D and Innovation
LOCATION: Emporia, Kansas, relocation offered

Purpose of this Position:
The Group Manger role provides leadership to a team of direct reports in addition to being an individual contributor of project responsibilities. As a working manager, ensures that R&D projects involving product development are delivered in accordance with customer (internal or external) time, scope and cost objectives. This position reports to the Vice President R&D and Innovation. They are charged to keep up with latest market trends in foods and pet foods and find opportunities which may provide opportunities for innovation for the Company and its customers. They should also be well versed in both product and process development. The Group Manager is responsible for the development of new products and / or improvement of existing products, takes leadership in innovation and technology initiatives to meet customer support and strategic business objectives.

Essential Position Responsibilities:
Project, Product Champion. Product champion for responsible product platform.

· Manages product portfolio and ensures adequate balance of project distribution within team.

· Ensure that proposed timelines fit with prior project performance history (by type and customer) as well as existing project load of assigned individual and that the project plan proposed includes all necessary steps.

· This position primarily fits new customers into our existing array of products or develops line extensions or product improvements for existing customers.

· Meet with customers independently of supervisor, with sales account manager to define scope of new projects.

· Assist in evaluation of target brand evaluation and monitoring efforts. Demonstrate leadership qualities with respect to project management, product design capabilities with strong communication skills.

· Maintain competence as a scientist by attending technical meetings to identify new opportunities with respect to product/process.

· Ability to make decisions and implement action towards project plans.

Product Development.

· Competent in the full length of the product development cycle, which includes conceptual development, formulation, implementation, process validation and continuous management and improvement. This individual will work closely with the technical staff of customers or suppliers, mentoring junior and senior scientists.

· Reviews work output of direct reports, approves for next phase of process and mentors and develops staff skills.

· Develop, bench test, scale-up, and commercialize new products/technologies in accordance with guidelines established in Project Initiation Request.

· Factors include product attributes as well as development costs, finished product costs, and timing.

· Demonstrate product and project ownership to ensure that all parameters are optimized for won and team projects.

· Plant tests will be scheduled and supported throughout commissioning phase, with the ability to develop a contingency plan as needed.

· Review product formulations/process characteristics across products and plants and identify opportunities to simplify the system and/or capitalize on cost savings opportunities.

· Make suggestions to supervisor and, if applicable, senior operations management regarding potential improvements.

Nutritional, Regulatory and Finished Product Compliance.

· Utilize existing product formulation approach to assure finished product nutritional adequacy (label and nutrition claim) applying statistical data from key raw materials (z values).

· Develop a label deck from a master formula which considers all potential processing locations.

· Submit product for analytical or animal testing as required by supervisor and summarize results.

· Participate in project teams to valuate product non-conformance incidence with products under their total portfolio responsibility.

· Collect and analyze information as required to analyze raw material/process interactions.

Process, Operations and Supply Chain Support.

· Lead supply chain initiatives including formula transfer among plants, evaluation of new suppliers of raw materials, increased or decreased use of existing raw materials, and evaluation of processing parameters.

· Assist in process evaluation testing as required by supervisor.

· Develop knowledge of critical process points in conjunction with process engineering group.

· Summarize results of previous tests and of sequential processing conditions or runs for a particular formula to assist in troubleshooting and data interpretation.

Project and Portfolio Management.

· Manage the total project portfolio in accordance with overall directive of supervisor for own and team projects.

· Issue project updates and alert supervisor of circumstances which may impact ability to deliver desired results with contingency plan in place.

· Issue project final reports are requested.

Participates as a member of the Team.

· Participates in ongoing development, communication and implementation of team concepts, programs and policies; coordinates work to ensure best practices with all team members. Attends appropriate team meetings.

· As a member of the Team, fosters strong cohesiveness regarding all major issues; e.g., direction, annual plan, budget, policy changes, etc.

· Accepts responsibility to quickly identify any areas that lack cohesiveness, bringing them to the attention of the team leader and working with the team in a supportive manner to resolve issues and actively look for ways, and reinforces actions needed, to achieve synergy possible within the larger organization.

Simmons Operating systems principles and objectives:

· Is familiar with Simmons' established operating systems (e.g. quality, security, office environment, company policies); understands the responsibility to maintain familiarity with the systems and this position's role in support of these systems - including a consideration of the impact of individual actions on the systems and the responsibility to communicate concerns and improvement ideas.

Performs other duties as necessary in support of business objectives: This position description is intended to guide the activities of the Group Manager, Pet R&D and is not intended to limit the thinking and creativity of the person to the work of this function nor is it intended that this describe all the work that may be required of the person in this position. Commitment to quality and continuous improvement in all aspects of the business is essential.

Physical Activities:

· Must be able to work on computer for an extensive amount of time. Must be able to stand or walk for many hours in any of our production facilities.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

· As needed in required environment.


· Travels domestically to and from multiple facilities or work-sites or customer visits, often requiring overnight stays. Travel to meet with direct reports on scheduled basis. Approximately 25% travel.

Technical Experience:

Must have excellent computer skills with respect to the Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with Concept 5 is a plus. Will be expected to quickly learn the business integration software suites including JDE and IQS.

Industry Experience:

R&D knowledge/experience in food or pet food preferred. Experience in commercial product development and in the pet food industry is desirable, particularly if it involves pet foods. Knowledge of animal nutrition and food formulation is a plus. A working knowledge of current pet food regulations in various countries is highly desirable. Should have a working knowledge of process mapping. Must have leadership qualities and flexibility with respect to job requirements. Knowledge of specific requirements in the US is essential to successful job performance.

Minimum Education:

B.S. in Meat Science, Animal Science, or Food Science with 5+ years experience in product development and technical services is required, particularly in pet food. Experience requirements are commensurate with education. Knowledge of animal nutrition and food formulation and thermal process is highly desirable. Experience in commercial product and/or process development is required.

Judgment: Demonstrate professional judgment, researches and integrates relevant information and data.
Planning and Improvement: Plan for and improve performance, develops and implements plans, practices and processes to better achieve organizational goals.
Execution and Results: Focus on execution and results. Aligns and pursues work activities to achieve the mission and business priorities of the organization.
Problem-solving, decision making, conceptual and project management skills are essential
Demonstrate Oral & Written communication skills at all levels.

Strong data entry skills are required (accurate and efficient).
Intermediate to advanced level skills in Excel and PowerPoint as well as experience preparing documents for presentation.
Capable of handling multiple tasks simultaneously with some degree of independence and to self-prioritize in a fast paced environment.
Ability to work as part of a team and work effectively with a geographically dispersed group.
Negotiation and selling skills are a plus.

Application Instructions:

Please contact Beverly Morrison at beverly.morrison@simfoods.com

Online Application http://simfoods.simmonsglobal.com

Date posted: 5/15/17


Production Manufacturing Trainee – McCain Foods Limited

Job Reference Num: 29001BR

No of Openings: 2

US$41700 - US$55000 per year

Job Description:

The PMT (Production Manufacturing Trainee) role exists to strengthen the capability in our plant manufacturing network through development that enhances our talent pipeline for critical roles in Manufacturing, such as Plant Managers. The PMT program is aimed at providing high potential, talented graduates a strong foundation for understanding McCain's business to develop into future leaders for McCain. PMT trainees will be paired closely with senior experienced subject matter experts within McCain operations and plant teams to learn all aspects of the manufacturing process.

Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions:

  • Observe experienced staff and gain knowledge about process, procedures, methods and standards that are required for performing a supervisory role within each of the program focus area
  • Complete a structured development plan consisting of training courses and applied learning experiences of rotational assignments within the manufacturing process with required assignments
  • Actively participate in the curriculum development of the PMT program through creation of structured assignments that deliver expected learning outcomes
  • Complete assignments in each of the program focus areas within the manufacturing process assuming a front-line supervisory role (ie. receiving, processing, packaging, quality, etc.)
  • Organize and lead work teams within assigned focus area including scheduling, safety, daily operations performance management
  • As a PMT, the role will oversee a crew of people within the program focus area for the duration of the rotational assignment. Decision making will increase upon completion of the full production process
  • Build experiences / projects that enhance learning and knowledge transfer
  • Create assessments that ensure learning achieved
  • Regular assignments and operational analysis and reporting are required throughout the term of the program
  • Organize and lead meetings as required.
  • Consultation and sound judgment in analyzing daily metrics to determine best course of action


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Sound fact based decision making and problem solving ability with a focus on delivering results
  • Project Management discipline and principles as demonstrated in leading successful project initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to provide sound pragmatic solutions in resolving day to day operational challenges with people
  • Clear understanding of manufacturing business process in a lean manufacturing environment
  • Understanding of statistical process control and data management
  • Working experience leading and training others
  • Experience in process design and productivity improvements
  • Demonstrated experience leading and influencing others
  • Understanding of lean principles and methodologies
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Ability to work rotating shifts as required to operate production facilities and meet customer demands
  • Fact based decision making and problem resolution skills
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and lead projects/work teams
  • Communicate relentlessly
  • Strong organizational, written/oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills
  • Strong multi-cultural empathy and ability to work with diverse cultures, levels
  • Ability to earn the respect, acceptance and trust of peers, subordinates and superiors
  • Team player who is a champion of change
  • Ability to travel and willingness to be globally mobile

Education and/or Experience:

Education: BS Engineering, BA Business, or related field. Must be fluent in English. A second language is preferred.

Experience: Ability and willingness to relocate within and outside the US is preferred. Previous leadership experience is preferred along with demonstrated success in dealing effectively with people. Resilient, confident, display keen business awareness, team player, effective communication, results oriented and open minded are essential.

McCain offers competitive wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, PTO, and 401k with company match. McCain Foods is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V, providing a drug free and smoke free work environment.

If you are qualified as listed above, and interested in a fantastic opportunity to grow and develop your career in manufacturing management with the McCain Foods Team, submit a current resume using the careers link at www.mccain.com.

Application Instructions:


Online Application Address:


Date posted: 5/15/17


Assistant Professor – Meat Science – Kansas State University

Position: Assistant Professor, Meat Science

Department of Animal Sciences and Industry

Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Appointment: Full time, 12-month, tenure-track position (60% Research, 40% Teaching)

Position Description and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will have the ability to:

  • Develop a well-recognized, dynamic meat science research and teaching program
  • Establish and maintain a competitive, extramurally funded research program in the area of meat and/or lipid chemistry
  • Provide instruction to graduate and undergraduate students in the candidate's area of expertise
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to team-oriented research, and the development and success of students
  • Participate in management of Meat Science Laboratories
  • Collaborate with other faculty and participate in departmental and Meat Science activities/programs
  • Mentor graduate students and advise undergraduate students

Minimum Qualifications Required:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent at the time of hire in Meat Science, Animal Science or Food Science
  • Knowledge and experience in meat science
  • Demonstrated excellence in research
  • Knowledge of meat and/or lipid chemistry
  • Interest or demonstrated excellence in teaching graduate and/or undergraduate courses in meat, animal or food science
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Qualifications Preferred:

  • Expertise in the area of meat and/or lipid chemistry or closely related field
  • Experience and knowledge in the meat/food industry
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain extramural funding
  • Strong academic publication record
  • Taught or assisted in teaching graduate and/or undergraduate meat science courses
  • Experience conducting collaborative, interdisciplinary research
  • Experience in both graduate and undergraduate advising
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment and a commitment to expanding and fostering diversity

Departmental Description: The Department of Animal Sciences and Industry offers strong teaching, research, and extension programs with approximately 56 faculty, 1,226 undergraduate, and 183 graduate students. Meat Scientists are also involved and cooperate in programs with the Food Science Institute and the Kansas State University Olathe campus. More information about the department can be found at http://www.asi.k-state.edu.

Application Procedure:

Please visit the job announcement at http://careers.k-state.edu/cw/enus/job/501191/assistant-professor-meat-science-lipid-chemistry and complete the PageUp application process as well as upload:

  1. A cover letter clearly describing how the candidate meets the required and preferred qualifications,
  2. A one-page summary of the candidate's research philosophy and goals,
  3. A one-page summary of the candidate's teaching philosophy and goals,
  4. A detailed curriculum vitae, 5) official copies of all university transcripts and 6) a list and contact information for 3 people who may be contacted with regard to the applicant's professional qualifications.

Review of Applications: Review of applications will begin July 2, 2017, and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Questions: Please direct all questions regarding the position announcement and application procedure to Dr. Travis O'Quinn, Search Committee Chair, at travisoquinn@ksu.edu or 785- 532-3469.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States. Equal employment opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.

Background screening statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

Date posted: 5/15/17


Kemps Operations Management Trainee – Dairy Farmers of America

This position will work in concert with the production employees and plant management to become proficient in managing the production floor and plant activities. This Management Trainee will work at Kemps manufacturing locations over a 12-24 month period to gain knowledge of the internal operations of the entire facility and develop a deep understanding of safety, quality, environmental, and maintenance programs. The Trainee will be responsible for learning and working effectively within our culture, value system, and business model. This individual will gain experience with all disciplines to ensure a thorough understanding of the locations business model by learning how each department works together and impacts one another.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops an understanding of the Key Performance Indicators at the facility in Safety, Quality, Cost, and Engagement; analyze trends and current challenges and assist in building and implementing action plans for improvement.
  • Develops an understanding of pasteurizing, separating, freezing, cooling, filling, mixing, standardizing, packaging, and storing operations of milk, ice cream, and cultured products.
  • Assists production management team in scheduling and develops an understanding of the proper amount and variety of products to be produced based on each order.
  • Promotes positive and productive working relationships. Understands and effectively applies work rules, union contract provisions and employment policies. Actively engages with employees through shift meetings and other methods of communication.
  • Takes the lead to identify and execute on a continuous improvement project from concept to completion in the areas of safety, cost, or quality.
  • Undertakes a capital expenditure request from inception to Capital Screening Committee approval.
  • Actively promotes safe work behaviors and holds self and others accountable for following safety rules and regulations. Completes accident/injury investigations. Participates in and understands plant safety programs.
  • Proactively identifies ways to increase operational efficiency and contain costs. Identifies and implements best practices in establishing SOP's and managing labor. Thinks creatively and develops alternative possibilities to drive improvement.
  • Practices leadership techniques and engages in labor relations to better manage employees and effectively oversee the production floor and plant activities.
  • Performs other duties as determined by business needs.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Food Science, Dairy Science, Microbiology, or related area

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Basic understanding of fundamental methods of quantitative analysis and accounting practices.
  • Knowledge of dairy industry production processes and practices preferred, but not required at time of hire.
  • Ability to lead and manage work teams within the department and extend to other departments as needed.
  • Supports, demonstrates and promotes Kemps' Values. Integrity (Build Trust), Passion (Carry the Vision), Performance (Produce Results), Quality (Lead the Way), Innovation (Make It Better), Accountability (Own It).
  • Ability to relocate and/or travel to various manufacturing locations over the course of the program.

Online Application Address: https://recruiting.adp.com/srccar/public/RTI.home?c=1104941&d=ExternalCareerSite&r=5000215866906

Date posted: 5/8/17


Kemps Logistics Management Trainee – Dairy Farmers of America

This position works within the Kemps Supply Chain over a 12-24 month period to gain knowledge of the internal operations and logistics. The expectation is for this position to work with supply chain planning, distribution, and warehouse employees in multiple roles to become proficient in logistics knowledge and supervisory skills.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops an understanding of the Key Performance Indicators at the facility in Safety, Compliance, Quality, Cost and Engagement; analyze trends and current challenges, assist in building and implementing action plans for improvement.
  • Assists in the compilation and analysis of inventory and transportation data required for company performance or compliance reporting.
  • Takes the lead to identify and execute on a continuous improvement project from concept to completion in the areas of safety, cost, and/or quality.
  • Learns inventory management, transportation planning, financial analysis and/or logistics operations at Kemps which involves handling of milk, ice cream and cultured products.
  • Promotes positive and productive working relationships. Understands and effectively applies work rules, union contract provisions and employment policies. Actively engages with employees through shift meetings and other methods of communication.
  • Gains a basic understanding of supervision techniques and labor relations to better manage employees and effectively oversee the operational activities.
  • Actively promotes safe work behaviors and holds self and others accountable for following safety rules and regulations. Completes accident/injury investigations. Participates in and understands safety programs and DOT regulatory compliance.
  • Performs other duties as determined by business needs.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain, Logistics, Engineering, Operations Management, Dairy Science or related area

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Basic understanding of fundamental methods of quantitative analysis and accounting practices
  • Knowledge of dairy industry supply chain processes and practices preferred, but not required at time of hire
  • Desire and capacity to lead and manage work teams within the department and extend to other departments as needed
  • Ability to relocate and/or travel to various manufacturing locations over the course of the program.

Online Application Address: https://recruiting.adp.com/srccar/public/RTI.home?c=1104941&d=ExternalCareerSite&r=5000215869906

Date posted: 5/8/17


Management Trainee Program – National Beef

National Beef Packing Company is currently interviewing for two 8 week Management Trainee positions to be located (on a rotating basis) in our Kansas City, Liberal and Dodge City facilities. The ideal candidates will have an agricultural major and be within one year of graduating. I have attached a tentative schedule for the trainee positions. The position pays $800.00 per week plus the cost of hotel and travel between our locations.

Students interested contact Greg at greg.wilson@nationalbeef.com

Date posted: 5/8/17


Production Supervisor 3rd Shift – Dairiconcepts

Job Reference Number: 337-164

Job Description:

  • Reviews current and anticipated production at the beginning of each shift
  • Reviews manpower situation to determine needs for efficient operation of shift
  • Assists production employees in the manufacture of the best possible product meeting each of DairiConcepts product specifications
  • Conducts and assists others in conducting investigations to determine and correct cause of out-of-spec products
  • Assists all shift personnel in maintaining highest possible production rate
  • Observes plant safety rules
  • Instructs production employees in safe operating procedures and plant conduct
  • Helps identify safety hazards and takes appropriate steps to control them
  • Ensures the production of clean and safe food
  • Receives and relays all appropriate information and instructions from the Plant Manager to the production employees
  • Maintains effective lateral communications with other supervisors
  • Responsible for maintaining all appropriate paperwork occurring during shift hours to include absentee reports, bills of lading, production records and laboratory test results
  • Responsible for sanitation program and ensuring the proper level of cleaning chemicals are onsite

Required Skills:

  • Strong verbal and communication skills
  • Strong detail and organizational skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Must be team oriented

Required Experience:

  • College degree in Management or Food Science, preferred
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 3-5 years related experience

Titles Reporting to this Position:
All assigned hourly production staff

Travel: 2%

Other Responsibilities
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

As a leading provider of cheese and dairy ingredients for the global food industry, DairiConcepts is supported by a diverse and educated team of high quality employees. We seek personnel with expertise in their fields who also demonstrate our values of Safety, Integrity, Continuous Improvement, and Service. Headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, the company has eight manufacturing plants located throughout the United States.

DairiConcepts is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We offer competitive compensation, bonus potential, and a full benefit program including 401K. For additional information, go to www.dairiconcepts.com.

Online Application Address: https://dairiconcepts-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?version=1&company_id=17164

Date posted: 5/8/17


Cider Maker – Meadowlark Farm

Meadowlark Farm is looking for a student that would like to work as a cider maker, the employment be full-time. The farm produces hard apple cider and currently looking for someone that could grow into a real cider maker and run the cidery. For information about this position contact Tom Brown at 316-518-8907 or 316-684-3807.


Date posted: 5/1/17


Microbiologist – Food Safety Net Services

Job Reference Num: MICj-17-00005

No of Openings: 1

Hours per Week: 40

Wage/Salary: 34K-39K


The function of this job is to perform advanced analytical and microbiological testing of food products, ingredients, and environmentals. The position consistently exercises independent judgment and discretion in performing the application and evaluation of approved microbiological techniques and methodologies used in analytical testing, and the interpretation of test results. This role has training and supervisory responsibilities as needed.


  • Accurately perform and read test results and notify Laboratory Management of deviations
  • Prepare and analyze samples for indicator organisms, pathogens, and chemistries
  • Apply aseptic/microbiological techniques in daily workload
  • Apply independent judgement in the interpretation of qualitative test results
  • Conduct additional testing as needed based upon independent review of test results
  • Accurately perform final determination of special micros and complete final results disposition
  • Communicate results including pathogenic confirmations and maintain a positive relationship with clients
  • Report inventory and expendable supplies/materials needed for testing requirements
  • Provide routine preventive maintenance by daily cleaning, sanitizing, trash disposal, and equipment quality control
  • Assist in quality control duties to by taking incubator temperatures, inoculating control organisms, running media controls, etc.
  • Assist with training and research assignments including troubleshooting
  • Independently pursue an assigned series of processes, procedures, or techniques in accordance with FSNS policies/procedures and customer requirements
  • Assisting in developing and revising Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Maintain a high degree of technical competence by reading scientific journals, attending professional workshops, and being aware of food industry issues and trends
  • Perform all activities in a neat, safe, hygienic, and efficient manner
  • Share information in an open and timely manner
  • Assist with managing priorities and schedule
  • Responsible for the safety of oneself and others working within their area
  • Responsible for the completion of required training
  • Travel is required and at the discretion of management


  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • As needed from time to time, assist in performing Login Technician, Media Technician, and/or Micro Technician.
  • If assigned, conduct responsibilities of Branch Safety Coordinator outlined in the corporate safety manual and report to the Corporate Safety Officer for assigned duties


  • This job has no regularly assigned supervisory responsibilities, although the position is expected to train others, and step in to perform supervisory responsibilities when the Sr. Microbiologist, Lead or the Supervisor is not available.


  • Bachelor's degree in Life Science or related field, microbiology preferred
  • Two or more years of experience in a commercial food-testing or analytical laboratory
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Working knowledge of aseptic sampling technique, automated lab equipment, and acceptable methods and procedures
  • Familiar with GLP, OSHA guidelines, FDA, BAM, APHA, ISO, and USP methods and procedures
  • Broad knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures of a food testing laboratory
  • Ability to travel when necessary

Online Application Address:  https://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=1485113

Date posted: 4/24/17


Path Lab Analyst – Food Safety Net Services

Job Reference Num: MIC-17-0004

No of Openings:

Hours per Week:


The function of this job is to perform analytical and microbiological testing of food products, ingredients, and environmentals. The position performs the application and evaluation of approved microbiological techniques and methodologies.


  • Accurately perform and read tests results and notify Laboratory Management of deviations
  • Prepare and analyze samples for indicator organisms, pathogens, and chemistries
  • Apply aseptic/microbiological techniques in daily workload
  • Report inventory and expendable supplies/materials needed for testing requirements
  • Provide routine preventive maintenance by daily cleaning, sanitizing, trash disposal, and equipment quality control
  • Assist in quality control duties to by taking incubator temperatures, inoculating control organisms, running media controls, etc.
  • Independently pursue an assigned series of processes, procedures, or techniques in accordance with FSNS policies/procedures and customer requirements
  • Maintain a high degree of technical competence by reading scientific journals, attending professional workshops, and being aware of food industry issues and trends
  • Perform all activities in a neat, safe, hygienic, and efficient manner
  • Share information in an open and timely manner
  • Responsible for the safety of oneself and others working within their area
  • Responsible for the completion of required training


  • Associate degree in Life Science or related field with two or more years of laboratory experience
  • Two or more years of experience in a commercial food-testing or analytical laboratory
  • Working knowledge of aseptic sampling technique, automated lab equipment, and acceptable methods and procedures
  • Familiarity with GLP, OSHA guidelines, FDA, BAM, APHA, ISO, and USP methods and procedures
  • Broad knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures of a food testing laboratory
  • Ability to travel when necessary
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience

Online Application Address:  https://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=1485069

Date posted: 4/24/17


Product Development Manager – McCain Foods Limited

Job Reference Num: 28701BR

Job Description:

Together with Marketing teams, the Manager Product Development will focus on the Front End of Innovation to increase the value, the size of opportunity and success probability of high-profit concepts before entering the PD and commercialization steps. In line with the company's strategies, brand image and territory; the incumbent will work to fill the Global Innovation pipeline with new ideas.


  • Understand global Appetizer business needs and strategy as well as needs and strategy of North America businesses.
  • Develop and coach direct team and other members of the broader R&D team
  • Focused and targeted PDP by individual with a focus on capability building
  • Frequent feedback and coaching sessions
  • Communicate/clarify the business vision
  • Further develop customer relationships within agreed key accounts to deliver increased volume and value NPD
  • Manage customer expectations in relation to NPD while ensuring customer satisfaction for NPD delivery
  • Linkage to pilot plant operations and provide technical expertise for processing capabilities
  • Direct linkage with McCain Marketing teams for Culinary and Ideation support. Identify product propositions against consumer trends and turn them into mass market offerings while leveraging the operational network.
  • Create/manage concepts from ideation to full commercialization utilizing the Stage Gate process and prioritization in the Innovation Leadership Team (ILT) meetings and then product development execution through partnership with business development teams.
  • Liaison with other functions within the Global Appetizer R&D group
  • Other projects/duties as assigned or needed.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Bachelors degree in Food Science or Food Engineer degree
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in the food industry
  • Experience leading a team of R&D professionals

Leadership Abilities:

  • Strong communication, influencing and conflict management skills.
  • Ability to communicate a vision that is clear and inspiring
  • Understands how to use various methods and tools to engage the organization to ensure commitment to change.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate work in a team environment and to build and maintain collaborative partnerships across organizational boundaries.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment with respect and sensitivity for diversity

McCain Foods and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected status or characteristic. Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

Application Instructions:

Online Application Address:


Date posted: 4/24/17


Safety Trainee – Smithfield Foods

The position summary states the general nature and purpose of the job. Overall accountabilities are defined in this section.

A functional trainee is an individual who undergoes training for positions in their field of expertise. The Career Foundation Program is the best way to prepare employees to become future leaders of the company. It equips them with the required skills, judgment, and know-how of being an effective and responsible employee.

The Safety Trainee is responsible for assisting the Safety Department in promoting a healthy and safe workplace at the designated facility. These duties will be accomplished by assisting in technical expertise to the plant safety and health teams, supporting safety training on safety and health topics, and encouraging active employee involvement in the safety process.

  1. A functional trainee is exposed to every aspect of their business and role. A functional trainee would be expected to know all facets of their particular piece of the business, from sales to customer service, to human resources and operations. A marketing trainee, for instance, would do some time understanding brands, then with the promotional campaigns, and then with presentations and then finally with client meetings. As such, the functional trainee becomes very flexible when it comes to skills related to his or her job.
  2. You can have a pick of the job you love most. Smithfield offers functional trainees a chance to work in departments they feel they could excel in. If you've been particularly stellar in sales, or you are interested in human resources, you could choose to work in that area.
  3. It develops teamwork. As trainees, you will be working with teams or at least a partner who will show you how things are done in the department. You will learn to work with teams of different members and at different levels. Sometimes, you will be working with a higher management, other times you'll work hand in hand with your subordinates. Aside from developing teamwork, you could also build up a mentor-apprentice relationship with the people you work with.
  4. You get promoted easily. Career advancement is the ultimate goal of training. Once a vacancy comes up, you will have a great chance of being promoted. Simply put, training places you on the radar of the company's meticulous executives.
  5. It is the best way to "earn your stripes". Being part of a Career Development Program is very much like being in school, or perhaps enrolling in an MBA program. The only difference is that you get real work-related situations and problems that need fast, implementable solutions. Moreover, as a trainee, you have a mentor who screens your every decision to see if they would be feasible. The result? You will learn more about your division or your company.

Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:
Coordination of Safety Programs

  • Obtain overall knowledge, management and implementation of internal safety programs and regulatory compliance associated with our industry including; EIPMS, Workers Compensation, (PSM) Process Safety Management, Ergonomics, Auditing, Incident Investigation, Team and Committees, Budgets, Behavioral Based Safety and 1910 CFR Regulatory Compliance.

Administrative Documentation and Organization

  • Ensure training and document is maintained with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Ensure supervisory personnel are aware of employee restrictions due to work-related injury or illness.
  • Ensure employees are working within those restrictions.
  • Participate in accident investigation process.

Special Projects

  • Special projects and initiatives to work on independently and present findings to the plant management and/or corporate management as needed.

Other Duties

  • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.
  • Work with others to plan and direct the work of the organization.
  • Evaluate work output.
  • Receive classroom instruction in subjects related to their rotational experience.
  • Attend lectures, watch guest speakers, and create projects, oral presentations, and take tests.
  • Work in different departments within a specific function to gain perspective, including marketing, sales, customer services, purchasing, merchandising, and personnel departments.
  • Handle established accounts to gain familiarity.
  • Adhere to guidelines of formal written training program.
  • Attend periodic evaluations.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university in a safety or related technical field.
  • Desire and attitude to excel.
  • Planning, organization and execution skills.
  • Strong oral and written language skills.
  • Strong decision-making and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to travel and relocate.
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.
  • Must be able to relocate during the 24-month period rotation.

Apply Here: http://www.Click2apply.net/4zk473r6jsm327nz

Date posted: 4/24/17


Program Assistant – Kansas Health Foundation #92360

Kansas Health Foundation (www.kansashealth.org), located in Wichita, Kansas is looking to hire a Program Assistant to work in a fast paced, team environment. This position will provide administrative support for the program department staff, manage staff calendars, schedule events, set-up webinars and conference calls, prepare travel arrangements and conduct research. If you are a self-starter, detail-oriented and able to manage multiple projects we want to hear from you. Additional skills will include a bachelor's degree, minimum of three years of professional administrative support experience, proficient using Microsoft suite of applications and strong communication skills. Kansas Health Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Instructions:

Submit applications to mnewell@khf.org

with PROGRAM ASSISTANT in the subject line. Include a cover letter explaining your strengths and interests along with your resume.

Date posted: 4/18/17


Food Microbiologist

Great Plains Analytical Lab is looking to hire up to three people. What we are specifically looking for are food science and/or microbiology folks. We are a full-service analytical food testing lab. We recently expanded our footprint to include a state of the art microbiology lab, and also stand as the premier grains and flour lab in the country. We are kind of low-key and don't make as much noise as some of our competitors. We are located just North of Zona Rosa, so easy driving distance from anywhere in the Kansas City Metro.

We are looking for a basic Food Microbiologist, someone able to run ELISAs (allergens) and carbohydrate tests (beta-glucan, amylose, etc...., and then someone to run farinographs, alveographs, etc. on doughs etc. If you are aware of anyone that you think might fit the bill, feel free to give them my email, and forward their resume. This is planned to be a rapid turnaround to get someone on board, so recent grads would be best.

Contact: J.D. DeVault at jdevault@gpalab.com

Date posted: 3/20/17


Research Scientist – 90856 – Schreiber Foods Inc

In this role you will work as a part of the Customer Product Solutions Cultured Team with a focus on cream cheese and yogurt projects, trials and startups. Projects will include the development of new and innovative products to meet customers' needs, the modification of existing products and processes to improve overall quality or costs, and work to identify new or more cost effective ingredients and production methods.

Duties of the role include:

  • Work in production and pilot plant locations. Develop defined work plans, conduct experiments, and write reports. Develop a basic understanding of the R&D product development SOP. Exercise excellent listening and communication skills, such as conveying technical concepts to others, writing detailed technical reports, and effectively conducting presentations to inform and influence decisions of others.
  • Exercise a good understanding of SFI product categories, including regulatory standards and SFI labeling practices. Develop a high level of expertise in a specific product category.
  • Become intimately involved in new ingredient and formula set-up by developing specifications, plant production SOP manuals, production manuals, and formula guidelines. Plan and conduct scale-up trials for product development and optimization projects. Commercialize newly developed and approved prototypes. Prep and ship product samples for both internal and external customers to review.
  • Serve as effective R&D, Customer Product Solutions and Cultured Product Team member. Accomplish projects and tasks through teamwork with R&D scientists, operations, marketing, engineering, and customers.
  • Identify, explore, and implement the use of new ingredients and manufacturing technologies to improve efficiency, sales, and profitability of SFI. Develop products, processes, and technology that are robust and use sound experimental design to validate. Maintain strong application of scientific method.
  • Serve as a technical resource and on-site formulations expert to look into and address problems and opportunities that may arise at the plant location.
  • Apply scientific principles and understandings to evaluate ideas and opportunities. Develop and expand global network of contacts within food & dairy industries, and academia. Apply good business sense to determine applicability to our businesses.


We're looking for leaders who thrive in fast-paced environments. The successful candidate will have:

  • Bachelor's degree in Food/Dairy Science or related field
  • 1-3 years of experience in Research, Product Development and/or Dairy Processing
  • Desire to grow and take on new challenges and opportunities

Application Instructions:

If you're interested in joining a growing, team-oriented organization of more than 7,000 partners worldwide, please visit www.schreiberfoods.com or copy and paste the following link:


We are reviewing applications daily. Please apply for immediate consideration.

Online Application Address:


Date posted: 2/20/17


PepsiCo - Manufacturing Operations Associate

For more information and application: PepsiCo
Date posted: 9/19/16


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Quality Intern – Schreiber Foods

Job Description:
This paid, summer internship will be focused on supporting food safety and quality initiatives, company objectives and plant-specific assignments. This position is located at our plant in Carthage, MO.

Detailed Description
The duties will be varied and may include:
Lead small quality improvement projects within the team, working with operations and other areas of Schreiber Foods
Creating and updating documentation for food safety, quality and lab processes
Gaining knowledge about our products and applying that knowledge to improve processes and practices
Gaining knowledge of production lines and processes
Inputting and analyzing data
Assisting with analytical testing of dairy products
Completing projects related to testing, quality systems, sanitation, auditing, HACCP, training, SQF, suppliers, and other related topics
Assisting the quality teams on ongoing project
Together with the leadership team, ensures compliance with Food Safety and Food Quality Plans, in addition to customer requirements. Interprets and communicates customer requirements to plant production and/or support groups. Establishes and Audits PCPs, CCPs and Standard Operating Procedures to define and monitor processes, to ensure customer requirements are met. Reviews incidents during which the procedures are not met, and determines appropriate corrective action for partners failing to follow standard procedures.


Job Requirements
We are looking for individuals who learn quickly and thrive in fast-paced environments. Successful candidates will have:
Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Food Science, Dairy Science, Microbiology, Bacteriology, Food Microbiology or closely related field.
Ability to work 40 hours during the summer
Effective oral and written communication skills
Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
Ability to take ownership of assignments and complete them
Desire to grow and take on new challenges and opportunities
Ability and desire to work within a plant manufacturing setting
Ability to multi-task
Possess a strong technical foundation in the sciences; dairy knowledge desired but not required

Application Instructions:

If you're interested in joining a growing, team-oriented organization of more than 7,000 partners worldwide, please visit www.schreiberfoods.com or copy and paste the following link:


Date posted: 3/27/17



KDA 2017 Summer Interns

The State of Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) is accepting applications for 2017 Summer Interns through the Governor's Internship Program. Interested individuals may apply for the program at: https://governor.ks.gov/serving-kansans/internship.

Contact information: Dana.Ladner@ks.gov or 785-564-6660.

Date posted: 1/30/17


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Fellowships and Postdoctorals

Postdoctoral Job Opportunity – NC State University


This post-doc position will provide food science subject matter expertise and partner with design and development team(s) in researching, brainstorming, developing, implementing and evaluating innovative and pedagogically sound solutions for addressing instructional needs.

Projects may include, but are not limited to, developing blended learning components for courses that are currently 100% online; creating quizzes, active learning exercises, case studies in virtual reality, lesson plans, etc.; creating train-thetrainer materials for a course on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); producing "shrink-wrapped" courses that could be licensed to other institutions and training companies with such teaching training needs; and repurposing existing modules and publishing them as Open Education Resources for public schools as for recruitment of food science students. Specifically, this position will provide leadership in subject matter expertise, scholarly activities, and outreach activities, as outlined below:

Provide subject matter expertise in design and redesign initiatives for food science and food safety courses

• Assist FBNS faculty, staff and distance education team with the development and improvement of online and blended courses, including development of active learning exercises, case studies, teaching manuals, quizzes and other online components.

• Build positive, collaborative working relationships with faculty, staff, food safety extension agents, students, and others and actively encourage a collaborative and team-oriented approach to brainstorming, exploration and problem-solving for instructional production projects.

• Consult with internal and/or external project stakeholders on needs assessment, course redesign, project management and implementation of evaluation procedures to assess effectiveness of technologies and techniques in the teaching and learning process.

• Study the latest food science research as it relates to project initiatives and communicate findings to team

Pursue scholarly activities concerned with blended learning and distance education

• Research, utilize and evaluate current e-learning technologies such as mobile technologies, games or gamified learning objects, learning through video, and virtual and augmented reality.

• Keep abreast of trends and pursue scholarly activities concerned with food science education, instructional design, blended learning, distance education, and teaching and learning with technology.

• Mentor graduate and/or undergraduate students in research, course design and development projects, etc.

• Assist with writing grants and contracts to support program visions

Serve as a coordinator of outreach activities

• Manage and maintain marketing and advertising initiatives to increase/optimize enrollment and increase visibility of food safety distance education program.

• Manage and track enrollment of FBNS distance education courses. This entails managing the estore where participants sign up for courses.

• Assist in developing a vision for the strategic direction of the food safety outreach program.

• Manage student workers and contractors to extend the impacts of the outreach activities.

Minimum Experience

• Ph.D. degree in an food science.

• Two years' experience designing and producing web-based course materials, including instructional websites, web graphics, web resources, and other digital course materials.

• Two years experience in teaching courses/workshops in higher education, postsecondary and/or extension settings

Departmental Required Skills

• Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, ability to work in a team and establish collegial relationships with faculty and staff.

• Technological savviness in using an array of instructional technologies, including hardware and software, multimedia technologies, online tools and learning systems, and distributed/distance learning techniques.

• Knowledge of emerging technologies as related to teaching and learning.

• Ability to take initiative in networking with many colleges, departments, and units.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

• High level of independence and initiative.

• Awareness of usability and accessibility considerations in instructional design.

• Experience in designing and developing complete distance education courses using distributed / distance technologies either individually or in collaboration with others.

• Knowledge of Moodle Learning Management System.

• Proficiency using multimedia hardware, software, and equipment.

• Certifications or certificates related to teaching, program evaluation, or assessment.

For more information contact clint_stevenson@ncsu.edu

Or 919-513-2065

Date posted: 5/15/17

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