Sr. Engineering Manager
General Description: Position is responsible for partnering with facility leadership teams to provide technical leadership and support to achieve required new products and product improvements, manufacturing cost, quality improvements and manufacturing equipment utilization, reliability, speeds, scrap rates, and efficiency goals. Additionally, the position is responsible for the leadership of large capital expansion projects for the supply chain network.
Essential Duties and Tasks:
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Area Specific: Travel may be necessary as required.
Principal Process Engineer
Duties and Responsibilities:
A B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. in Chemical or Food Process Engineering or related fields such as Food Science and Technology, Biosystems Engineering and a minimum of 5+ years (prefer10+) of relevant work experience with a demonstrated history of success.
Proficiency in Computer software – AutoCAD, Minitab, Microsoft Office and other useful work tools in the accomplishment of tasks. Significant experience with multiple unit operations including spray drying is required. Experience in liquid processing, including conventional and aseptic processing/packaging would be considered as a plus. A strong history of leading by influence and delivering results with excellence is needed. Some travel, including international, is required.
Associate Director, Quality-CA
Reporting to the Director of Product Development and Quality, this position will provide leadership for all aspects of quality and compliance for the company’s growing portfolio of proprietary products.
The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment at an early stage company and will have the following capabilities and skills:
Job Summary: Responsible for ensuring that all grounds, buildings, and equipment are properly maintained in the timeliest and cost-efficient manner.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Leadership: Establish procedures/policies to ensure the smooth and professional operation of the department. Provide plant departments with superior customer support through proper equipment maintenance, communication interface, engineering and technical support, leadership support and operational resources where required. Plan and execute projects in conjunction with and assigned by the Plant Manager. Participate as part of the Plant Leadership Team to drive the direction and improvement of, safety, quality, employee satisfaction, throughput and cost.
Supervision: Direct and coordinate activities of maintenance direct reports. Analyzes maintenance work orders and assigns maintenance personnel to complete them. Evaluate job performance and work with direct reports to set and achieve goals. Establish a climate of individual accountability. Promote a safe and harmonious work environment and adherence to company policy and procedures. Overseas supply purchasing for the maintenance departments insuring compliance to budget, and maintaining inventories for appropriate control, evaluating contracts regularly. Includes evaluation of service agreements/contracts
Equipment/Facility: Monitor operation of essential equipment. Ensure scheduled PM and daily checklists are being performed. Coordinate outside contractors for scheduled maintenance and/or emergency maintenance of facility and support systems. Monitor status of all in-progress repairs and keeps technicians focused until job is complete
Analysis: Analysis maintenance work order and PM. Review and analyze processes and procedures for waste and inefficiency. Make recommendations and/or implement solutions. Participates in Continuous Improvement programs and activities throughout the facility and within the network
Efficiencies: Maintain compliance with S.Q.F. certification. Design and implement preventative maintenance systems. Analyzes maintenance work orders and assigns maintenance personnel to complete them. Follows up with assigned personnel as needed until order is complete. Prepares departmental goals and objectives annually and is accountable for ongoing communication of results, quality measures, and areas for improvement
Development: Develop and train maintenance technicians to possess superior knowledge of all equipment and systems. Stay abreast of new technologies associated with the industry, through trade magazines, training classes and technical manuals.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in the engineering fields preferred
5+ years of Maintenance experience within Food/Beverage/Dairy industry required
5+ years as a maintenance mechanic, specific to electrical, buildings and grounds
At least 3+ years of supervisory or managerial experience required
Experience within PLC’s and Ammonia Refrigeration preferred
Skills and Competencies:
Able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events
Designs work flows and procedures
Gathers and analyzes information skillfully to develop alternative solutions
Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills
Responds promptly to customer needs
Develops staff skills and encourages growth
Manages project and team activities
The Quality Director position reports to the C.O.O. and is located in Minnesota at the company headquarters. There are currently no direct reports to the role, but we expect the Quality Director to inform the right team structure to support this function. The position has access to 3rd party consultants on food safety and regulatory affairs.
Key Success Factors in Role
Regulatory Compliance Manager-NY
Job Summary: This role will have a primary focus on coordinating, developing, implementing, and ensuring companywide food safety and quality compliance programs, standards and systems. General job duties include submitting compliance reports to regulatory organizations, performing internal audits on the effectiveness of compliance policies, and serving as a liaison between management and personnel. The regulatory compliance manager shall also create and maintain files of investigation results of complaints and customer issues. The regulatory compliance manager shall stay abreast of current industry trends and new regulations in order to analyze their impact on the organization. The regulatory compliance manager shall also maintain and direct organizational reporting systems like the consumer hotline and notify personnel of its availability and use. They may also assist with creating and implementing cost savings methods and financial activities like reporting, contracts, or invoices.
Promote a safe and harmonious work environment and adherence to company policy and procedures; Promote and provide excellent customer service with all customers (Internal and External); as well as foster an “open door” policy for all employees to maintain an open line of communication between co-workers and management staff; evaluate job performance of direct reports; coach, mentor, and develop subordinate positions into becoming more effective in their roles
Review and approve label changes, nutrient claims, and company website claims; collaborate with facility QA teams and plant leadership personnel to develop quality requirements, procedures, and specifications for new products, processes, packages, and supplier/co-packer quality improvements
Shall maintain all document submissions required for certifications and customer requests
Shall ensure compliance to all regulations pertaining to the production of dairy products for all locations
Oversee compliance to Safe Quality Foods certification requirements for all company locations and conduct the internal auditing of the SQF system at each operating site
Responsible for the supplier audit program in conjunction with the Purchasing group; developing and maintaining Supplier Quality Manual describing the company’s requirements as well as investigating and creating a database of Supplier and Co-packer quality issues and corrective actions. Also includes Certificate of Analysis review on incoming product and ingredient auditing to determine performance of Suppliers
Monitor the verification and validation activities at the company locations, ensuring all products leaving the manufacturing sites meet documented Food Safety and Quality plans and regulatory requirements
Ensure timely investigation and responses to all complaints as well as compile and publish a monthly report of complaint incident rates; aid in developing KPI’s driven by complaint trending data
Act as the company administrator for the International Compliance Information Exchange (ICIX), Aspect, and all other customer required databases.
Oversee compliance with S.Q.F. – Food Safety and Quality codes at all facilities by developing, executing and reassessing as necessary, SQF plans to achieve and maintain certification; maintaining all required registries; ensuring all sites meets the SQF system requirements (ex: Document Control and Records, Specifications, Food Safety, Product Identification, Trace and Recall, etc.); overseeing plant compliance, interactions, and relationships with the SQF Certification Body.
Lead and support special projects and assignments as necessary to support the business objectives.
Education and Experience:
Highly preferred Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or food science
Minimum 2 years of direct or related experience involved with regulatory compliance, supplier development programs and auditing (certified auditor training preferred)
Highly preferred Dairy / Food Manufacturing experience
Skills and Competencies:
Ability to develop and maintain strong partnerships
Excellent problem solving and project management skills; skilled in time management, demonstrating ability to be organized and efficient; knowledge of SPC (Statistical Process Control)
Highly analytical, detail orientated and a demonstrated strong sense of business management; proven ability to communicate new ideas and ability to deliver solutions
Excellent MS Office skills. Candidate must be experienced with advanced Excel functions and formulas
Knowledge in GMP/cGMP, SQF, Food safety and Quality code, USDA guidelines and FDA regulations as related to the food and beverage industry
Knowledge of Kosher and Organic certification requirements
Pilot Plant Manager and Engineering Lead
The Pilot Plant provides support services for R&D experimental trials and associated activities. The scope is Global in geography and across all stages of innovation and optimization. It includes nearly all unit operations used across the global manufacturing network with some operations at more than one scale. The Pilot Plant and its team functions as a small factory with most functions found in a manufacturing facility represented. With their involvement and support, any R&D or Supply Technical employee can request trial/experimental services.
The new role of Manager and Engineering Lead is to Lead the Pilot Plant team as well as deliver technical results. All of the technical proficiencies listed below are required from the combination of this role and the Engineering and Maintenance members of the Pilot Plant team. In addition, this role will manage and lead the team through all operational, engineering, maintenance, and improvement/growth activities experienced in a typical food manufacturing plant but at the pilot scale.
Quality Manager-upstate NY
Key role within site leadership team. Provides strategic direction for the implementation and maintenance of quality systems throughout the site. Maintains advanced quality systems related to manufacture of a high-quality product. Also, includes cross-functional communication, hiring and training for new Quality hires and others for the site. Ensures implementation of continuous improvement initiatives, conformance to current Good Manufacturing Practices and compliance to regulations and certifications at the site level. Manages complex projects and supports both Operations and Research and Development. Is the primary Quality contact for the Sr. Leadership team at the site.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
· Support Operations and Manufacturing Services in assuring company quality standards are met
· Review and trend data to determine product conformance to specifications.
· Demonstrate the ability to conduct equipment calibrations and troubleshooting as needed
· Establish finished product target weights, verification checks, and conformance to regulatory requirements.
· High level of proficiency pertaining to testing equipment, and other lab equipment, as well as being the SME for Quality procedures and policies for the site.
· Capable of performing preventive maintenance and validation testing on all lab equipment.
· Review products and assess eligibility for product release in accordance with company policy
· Proficient at completing gram stains, direct microbial counts and has an in depth understanding of Dairy microbiology
· Maintain cleanliness of work areas and partake in assigned cleaning duties as scheduled
· Conduct investigative research on products or materials
· Review, trend, and implement corrective and preventive actions pertaining to environmental sample testing and analytical lab result reporting.
· Investigate, trend, reply to consumer complaints that are specific to the site.
· Maintain and demonstrate a high level of professional attitude and appearance at all times. Be able to work closely with others without disputes.
· Set up documentation and sterile sampling for sample shipments. Utilize proper shipping methods.
· Maintain compliance with S.Q.F. Certification including finalizing procedure and policy for the site
· Support continuous improvement activities
· Applies and implements 5s methodology (housekeeping) in all Quality work areas.
· Troubleshooting, isolating problems, and repairing of lab equipment as needed
· Perform other duties as assigned.
· Basic statistics and statistical process control knowledge
· Strong math skills and attention to detail a must
· Microsoft Windows and software architecture experience
· SQF or similar quality systems experience preferred
· Basic Chemistry, Biology, Food Science, Ag-tech science experience preferred
Our company seeks a self-motivated buyer to purchase materials, supplies, and services. As a purchasing agent for the organization, the buyer will research, evaluate, and buy products to meet our daily operational needs. This position reports to the Chief Financial Officer.
Essential Duties and Job Responsibilities
Previous buying experience strongly preferred, or ability to demonstrate comparable knowledge and skills
The incumbent in this role will work within a Research & Development (R & D) team responsible for designing, validating and commercializing processes for nutrition products. The incumbent will apply scientific and engineering principles to facilitate the design of robust and safe processes for liquid and powder products, while also helping the team identify new technologies and improve the existing ones. The role will involve significant amount of hands-on work in the laboratory, pilot plant, and manufacturing environments.
Duties & Responsibilities:
As a part of this role, the incumbent, after completion of a basic orientation and training, will:
The incumbent will deepen their expertise in thermal processing and process engineering through this role, while developing their problem-solving abilities and leadership skills. They will be provided opportunities to work closely with and learn from our senior team members and professionals that are shaping the future of infant & toddler nutritional products industry.
1. Combination of office, pilot plant, and commercial production environments with the percentage of each varying with the stage of projects.
1. Some travel, including international, is required
Suthers & Associates
P.O. Box 981 Monticello, MN 55362
Phone: (763) 878-2079 Fax: (763) 878-2547
Toll Free: 1-888-200-2084