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Research & Development Technologist
 
Job Title: Research & Development Technologist
Location: Hamilton
Salary: Commensurate with experience, qualifications

Position Responsibilities
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

Key Attributes:

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
Technical understanding of ingredient functionality and food processing
Strong oral & written communication skills
Passion for working with food and strong culinary skills
Proficient in Microsoft Office.

Qualifications:

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

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