Laboratory Technician III
MOM Brands - Lakeville, MN

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JOB FUNCTION

The purpose of this job is to assist in the development of new and improved products, processes and packages. The individual is responsible for providing technical support and project work in laboratory and plant environments. Responsible for completing job duties in a manner that supports all plant safety, food safety, quality, and environmental practices.

JOB ACTIVITIES / DUTIES

Participates in the development, scale-up and production of new and improved products, packages or test lot materials. Ability to develop simple project objectives and plans that clearly outline the critical and non-critical requirements of the project.

Participates on project teams to deliver prototypes and development projects. Ability to handle projects of significant complexity, under the direction of a subject matter expert.

Conducts experimental designs under direct supervision. Compile, analyze and summarize data into report form. Test summaries require an evaluation of results, generation of reports, graphs and statistical analysis including making recommendations.

Supports and/or conducts plant tests, packaging projects, or production trials. This includes, but is not limited to, preparation of samples, preparation of test formulas, packages, or mixes, and participation in plant-based trials or experiments.

Obtains samples and technical information about products that includes, but is not limited to, direct measurements of product or package attributes, processing or packaging measurements, production data, or quality measures.

Has an understanding of ingredients, packaging, formulations and processes and their impact on taste properties, production yields and rates, and shelf-life considerations. Provides plant coverage that supports projects, commissioning and validation, manufacturing, shelf-life studies, and sensory studies.

Operates laboratory equipment in a consistent and accurate manner according to approved methods. Understands and complies with all food safety and food manufacturing policies and procedures.

Conducts routine and non-routine laboratory evaluations of products (chemical, physical and sensory testing).

Trains and communicates directly with other technical functions including, but not limited to, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance and Engineering. May infrequently communicate directly with other corporate functions such as sales and marketing. Serves as a technical resource during plant tests, packaging projects, or production trials with some independence, particularly on off-shifts when a scientist/engineer may not be present.

Obtains and handles samples from cereal production plant/equipment locations for analysis in a safe and sanitary manner that is compliant with GMP's. Coordinates collecting, compiling, and analyzing required technical information including, but not limited to, chemical, physical or sensory information about products, processing conditions, or packaging compliance

Maintains complete records of procedures followed, as well as observations and results obtained from product or package measures. Executes problem solving techniques, leverages critical/analytical thinking, root-cause analysis, statistics under the direction of supervisor, scientist or engineer.

All other duties as assigned.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Education: BS degree in a technical field (e.g., chemistry, food science, physics, biology, engineering) preferred.

Experience: Minimum of three years consumer products experience. Understanding and experience in manufacturing processes, GMP's, general food processing, statistics and laboratory techniques. Product development or quality assurance experience preferred. Knowledgeable of MOM practices including, but not limited to, safety and sanitation programs, human and environmental safety, regulatory requirements (e.g., GMP’s), research & development practices, MOM production and packaging systems, quality, track-and-trace requirements, and working effectively in cross-functional teams. Must model safe practices, and expect safe practices from co-workers. Able to teach others MOM practices in the lab or plant.

Skills: Possess excellent problem solving skills. Ability to work with a personal computer: word processing, spreadsheets, graphing and have demonstrated math/statistical computation skills. Ability to work safely in and around food processing laboratory and plant equipment. Ability to compile, analyze and present collected data in summary form as well as being capable of performing a variety of tests. Must be able to communicate both written and verbally. Works on cross-functional teams; ability to build strong working relationships. Able to work with independence on projects. Displays project management skills.

Other: Able to work evenings and/or weekends. Some travel is expected (< 20%), but there may be extended travel on certain key start-up projects. Ability to lift 25 kg. Must have no known food allergies. Must be legally able to work in the United States.

job complexity

Internal Relationships: Major contacts are research and development professional staff. There is some direct interactions with other ITE professional staff, and direct interactions with personnel in Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, and Engineering.

External Relationships: Some interaction with ingredient or packaging suppliers, and third-party contractors working in a product development capacity.

Problem Solving:
Consistent application of careful and precise methodologies in the product development process, including but not limited to plant production, test lot trials, third-party testing, or laboratory evaluations.

Prioritizing samples and setting customer expectations.

Assist with development and modification of lab procedures.

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MOM Brands (formerly Malt-O-Meal Company), a privately held and family owned company, is the third largest cereal company in the United...