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Whether you’re looking to find a job or wanting to post a job, IFT’s Career Center is a great year-long resource to support you in your job search pursuits. IFT’s Career Center is also a recruiter's best friend. Source top food science talent by posting your position on IFT’s Career Center.

South Hackensack/Moonachie, New Jersey, Dora’s Naturals is a privately-owned natural food distribution and processing company. Dora’s serves several thousand retail locations throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut with both perishable and shelf stables foods and beverages. In addition, Dora’s is a HPP processor and is installing juice bottling and pudding manufacturing capabilities. Dora’s operates two facilities in Bergen County, NJ totaling approximately 130,000 sq ft. Title:    Director of Quality Control for Dora’s Naturals Inc and Worcester Creameries Corp. Location: The position will be based at Dora’s HPP/Juice Plant facility at 20 Knickerbocker Road, Moonachie, NJ 07074. Responsibilities : In this position you will responsible for the following: Dora’s : Developing and maintaining all quality programs for the HPP, juice and pudding operations including, but not limited to: HACCP, FSMA, SQF, Kosher, USDA, Organic and general regulatory compliance. The position will be responsible for onboarding new customers insofar as it relates to quality and regulatory compliance. Worcester : This position will be the senior and quality regulatory professional at this facility and will manage the relationships with our customers’ quality departments as well as with regulatory and certifying agencies (i.e. Kosher, organic, SQF, etc.). QA Director will be expected to travel to the plant as needed to conduct quality audits and training. The Worcester facility is located in Roxbury, NY, approximately 140 miles for Dora’s facilities.     General Responsibilities: Supervise the quality, supplier development, continuous improvement, quality training and quality systems functions. Develop and implement Quality plans and programs promoting sound and effective principles as set forth in company procedures, government standards and directives, and commercially-proven methodology and ensure that the department conforms to these principles. Improve the efficiency of the Quality organization through effective leadership, individual and group training, and process improvement. Ensure Safety Compliance with government standards and directives Perform initial quality planning and implement cost effective quality plans commensurate with customer requirements. Coordinate Quality activities with Operations, Sales, R&D and other departments Be responsible for the maintenance of quality records that document the quality status of material/products and will provide necessary information and cumulative data. Maintain a supplier rating system, inform vendors of their performance, and monitor trends and corrective actions.  Responsible for maintaining food safety, employee safety, quality standards and Customer specifications.  Report any food safety problems to personnel with authority to initiate action. Other duties as assigned.   Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Nutrition or Biology or related technical field.  5+ years in the food manufacturing industry especially in the QA and Food safety department. Must have superior documentation skills with the ability to generate and maintain Quality System Procedures. Must have supervisory experience and ability to lead and influence others. Must have superior customer relations skills, be customer focused, a good presenter, and someone that is naturally seeking improvement. Auditor background is desired. Direct experience with GFSI certification schemes (SQF, BRC, etc) and holds a current SQF Practitioner’ certificate. Ability to operate all information technology related business systems, programs and applications in a manner that achieves efficiency, accuracy, and relevancy of information processing and reporting as it applies to this position...
Cranbury, New Jersey, This role will provide technical and formulation expertise and assist on food projects internally and externally. Activities will include: research and develop new products (under our Stage Gate process), customer derived formulation creation, experiment design (bench top work), flavor creation, maintaining laboratory and laboratory safety, formula entry, creating instruction for the pilot lab e.g.: batching, mixing, food pilot plant processing. Previous work on bakery applications is essential. Perform hand-on benchtop evaluations of Innophos products in all food applications particularly in baking applications Developing formulations per internal and external customer requests and customer engagement Optimize formulations, flavors and experimental design Support food segment new product development under the Stage Gate process Tracking relevant information related to product development, sample development & experimental design Support the development of Nutrition ingredients into the whole food market in general and baking segment with prototype developments, applications work and exploring new functionalities for nutrition portfolio ingredients Support New Product Development deliverable initiatives Work with Marketing and Regulatory groups to deliver a portfolio of products & collaterals to introduce to food such as helping create Product Data Sheets Support scale up of products, batching and optimization Initiate supporting QA documentation Customer product support and problem resolution Follows all environmental, health and safety protocols Provides support for all safety and environmental initiatives Proactively attempts to prevent all accidents and eliminate all unsafe conditions Demonstrates management’s commitment to safety Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent years of experience Areas of study: Food Science and Nutrition, Chemistry; Preferred: Food Science with emphasis on dairy and/or meat science Similar or related experience desired: 3-5 years’ experience in product development and formulation, ideally in food Expertise related to food texture modifications, food processing, food ingredients interactions Bakery application expertise strongly preferred Excellent knowledge of food MSP, Dairy and Beverage pilot plant equipment Excellent knowledge of bakery mixers, ovens and DRR Ability to use and troubleshoot technical issues and instruments Aptitude to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals Strong report writing skills Able to respond effectively to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community Strong communication skills and ability to effectively present information to senior management and external MS Office proficiency: Excel, PowerPoint, Word Ability to lift 5-10kgs material...
Fenton, Missouri, IFPC Food Technologist Job Description This is an entry-level position. Under the direction of a Director and in collaboration with Scientists, Sales, Quality and Production, this role supports both Product Development and Process Development. It is done by performing technical and administrative tasks, with skills and competency to handle scientific lab duties as well as documentation, correspondence, and record keeping in the Research and Development department. Providing technical advice and documentation to IFPC customers is also entailed. Responsibilities Works closely with all R&D personnel as well as working with cross functional teams for smooth development of products Operate Microthermics unit Produce documents to support other departments like Sales, Quality and Manufacturing Keep records of research and write reports File and organize lab documents Check and test raw ingredients and finished products for stability (shelf life and process stability) Provide technical service for production of the formulated blends Responsible for making samples for customers and ensures that the samples represent our products Create documents that describe samples clearly to the end customer Organize and set up sensory evaluations to make sure samples meet specific characteristics. Attend internal new product start-ups and oversee issues with troubleshooting at the production plant in Hazelwood. Organize, plan, and prioritize their own work when multiple projects are given Assist in maintaining and stacking ingredient supplies for Research and Development purposes (estimate sizes and quantities of materials needed for the lab and order supplies or ingredients) Calibrate, maintain and clean lab equipment, work area, inventory areas, dishes, and tools Standing for long periods of time during sample preparation Working in cold or hot environments and equipment Perform microbiological and allergen swabs Adhere to the FSMA schedule and practices Perform FSMA tasks REQUIRED TRAINING & EDUCATION Varies depending on what courses are offered and what is the best fit for IFPC’s needs or future needs. Continued FSMA training KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL LEVEL Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science preferred Proficient knowledge in good lab practices Strong attention to detail Strong record keeping skills Excellent communication skills both verbal and written Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and enough computer proficiency to operate ERP system Experience working in a laboratory, preferably a food, pharmaceuticals or research lab Capable of using machines and lab analytical equipment BEHAVIOR Exhibit team player qualities of cooperation and coordination: professional interaction in all business contacts all day, every day. ATTENDANCE Present for work when scheduled is a mandatory function. SAFETY Compliance with all company safety rules, procedures, and guidelines is essential...

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