Our client, for over 100 years, has been a family-owned and operated company committed to providing the freshest, highest quality dairy products. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas with manufacturing plants in Garland, Texas, Casa Grande, Arizona, and Wooster, Ohio. Their core values are woven into everything they do earning them the prestigious American Business Ethics award by Foundation for Financial Service Professionals. While maintaining a strong culture of curious and innovative problem-solvers, our client has tripled employment over the last 15 years and continues to have a rock-solid foundation. They are truly positioned for a bright future with best-in-class manufacturing and supply chain capabilities that are unsurpassed within the industry, delivering to customers when it matters most.

As they continue to grow, they are needing to fill the role of a Senior Process Development Engineer that will facilitate R&D and Engineering in the development and refinement of existing processes, operational standards, and new process designs. In utilizing a pilot plant, exiting operations and outside technical developments, you will strengthen the organization in existing fermented dairy products and potential new product development. This requires a food-first focus and passion for process and equipment design for production of wholesome high quality food products.

What's in it for YOU?

  • A no-deductible, $0 premium option for employee-only health coverage.
  • 401(k) with 50% company match on first 8% of earnings you contribute as well as safe harbor and profit-sharing company contributions to 401(k).
  • Company paid short and long-term disability coverage and company paid 2X annual salary life and AD&D insurance.
  • 4 weeks annual paid time off in first full year and increases with tenure and time off for volunteering.
  • Competitive pay and bonus structure with a tuition and Fitness membership reimbursement.
  • The average tenure of the senior management staff is in excess of 15 years, speaking to the organizational stability and unwavering commitment to foundational, long-term growth and leadership in the industry.
  • If you are the right fit for this role and have the dedication, you’ll be given the opportunity to make a significant impact and will be trusted. The organization is still in the growing phases and is placing a tremendous investment in the growth of R&D.

 What YOU get to DO at this innovative company:

  • Lead R&D directed process improvement projects throughout the company.
  • Investigate and experiment with new processing designs and systems to improve product quality and manufacturing efficiency.
  • Determine and document critical parameters for equipment and process design using data from credible publications, empirical laboratory tests, pilot- and large-scale trials, and manufacturing.
  • Improve existing and compose new process documentation to be used for training of operators.
  • Oversee testing of new process and equipment design concepts.
  • Work with Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement groups to continue the refinement after commercialization.
  • Investigate potential process control measures and sensors to achieve incrementally improvements in product consistency and process efficiency.

What you NEED to SUCCEED in this challenging role:

  • Degree in Food Science or degrees such as biomedical engineering or chemical engineering with relevant food process design experience.
  • Formal education and experience in food chemistry, microbiology, fluid dynamics, heat transfer and engineer principals are a must.
  • Extensive working knowledge of dairy processing unit operations such as HTST and CIP design and regulatory requirements such as 3A and or European sanitary EHEDG design requirements.
  • Working knowledge of industrial control PLC and sensor technologies.
  • Mastery of heat transfer for a variety of unit operations used in food processing such as plate, shell and tube, scraped surface and tube in tube heat exchangers.
  • Extensive working knowledge of fluid dynamics.
  • Understanding of the basic principles of utilities and their impact on costs and capacities within operations.
  • Possess a teaching approach, not a taskmaster.
  • Familiarity with cultured dairy products.
  • Must work collaboratively across facilities.
  • Aptitude to prioritize work activity according to its value to the organization.
  • Track record of working on incremental improvement with an ideal state in mind.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and professional demeanor are required.