Job Title: Research and Process Engineer
Division: Research and Development/Technology
Location: Cambridge, MN
FLSA code: Exempt
Purpose of the Position:
Thorough understanding of the fundamental principles and technology underlying manufacturing in the SunOpta Ingredients Group. Use this knowledge to support and/or lead new product development projects, as well as process improvement and optimization and process scale-up.
Manage New Product Development (NPD) Projects
Follow NPD procedure to ensure project remains on scope and provides value to the Company.
Communicate effectively with different project teams and stakeholders to advance the project.
Coordinate pilot and commercial trials, as well as document and interpret their results.
Leads financial evaluation of new products manufacturing costs
Produce R&D data to support New Product Development Projects
Design and execute experimental work at bench, pilot and commercial scale using sound scientific rigor
Interpret experimental results and recommend course of action
Use current, relevant technical literature to propose possible technologies as solutions in NPD projects
Produces relevant and technically sound written reports to document R&D activities.
Identify Savings and Process Optimization Opportunities
Understand mass and energy balances at each of our facilities
Understand product costs and identifies potential savings opportunities
Manages process optimization projects upon request
Develops expertise in a specific technical specialization area
Supports deployment of new unit operations
Becomes the “go-to” person in the group for troubleshooting of specific new process equipment
The ideal candidate will have a B.S in Chemical Engineering or Food Engineering with 3-5 years of experience in Food Ingredients R&D or a Master's degree in Chemical or Food Engineering with 0-3 years of experience.
Strong knowledge of chemical engineering including; Food Science and Safety, Design of Experiments, and Carbohydrate Engineering.
Strong project managment skills required with laboratory work experience and scientific literature search capacity.
Excellent written and oral communication skills