Food Chemistry, Product Development & Ingredient Innovations, Research & Development
The Director of Technical Services is responsible for the coordination of R&D and QA, overseeing the successful scale-up of projects to manufacturing, while maintaining a climate of innovation. This person will manage product development and resources, maintaining flexibility of the departments and resources for timely response to new opportunities. This is an exciting position working for a smaller, high-growth organization!
Direct technical efforts supporting business growth, including formulation development and optimization, new product pipeline management and process improvements, with a realistic understanding of the cost and impact on the organization.
Lead and contribute to innovation, new product development, commercialization, product improvements, cost savings and operational efficiency.
Manage Quality Assurance to ensure products comply with specifications and continuously improve quality. Oversee quality audit, testing, reporting and regulatory requirements.
Manage Food Quality and Food Safety Programs, HACCP and FDA regulatory compliance including GMPs and 3rd party audit requirements (GFSI).
Identify and implement alternatives for product and process improvements and cost savings.
Mentor team members and grow their capabilities for contributing to the organization while coordinating and managing the efforts of the Technical Services team.
Serve as a technical resource for new products, troubleshooting, product resolution, and continuous improvement working closely with Operations, Customer Service and Sales.
Maintain knowledge of new food trends and identify opportunities for company.
Perform work procedures using Good Manufacturing Practices and HACCP to ensure food safety.
Responsible for working in a safe and healthy manner, taking reasonable care of the health and safety of all other staff. Perform daily stretching and/or proper ergonomics of workstation.
The physical requirements and work conditions outlined in this job description are essential functions of the job.
Perform special projects and other duties as assigned.
Bachelor of Science in Food Science, Chemistry, Engineering or equivalent Scientific Discipline. Masters of Science, Ph.D. of Science or M.B.A preferred.
10+ years of experience in food product development, laboratory management, quality systems, and/or food process engineering within a food/beverage company.
Demonstrated ability of new product launches, product or process improvements and strong technical leadership of projects.
Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work in a team environment, strong sensory and organoleptic abilities, and a deep knowledge of food safety, quality, and regulatory environment including FDA, USDA and GFSI is required.
Experience functioning in a managerial position and mentoring team members.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
Physical Requirements / Work Conditions:
Seated with freedom of movement on a regular basis, operating office machines and handling light materials and supplies.
Normal exposure to office and manufacturing environment. Occasional exposure to warehouse.
Must be able to work flexible hours as needed based on production scheduling needs.
May spend extended periods operating desktop computer, requiring hand-eye coordination and finger dexterity; and communicating face-to-face, on the telephone and in writing.
May spend time working in the R&D and QA lab, on the bench and in the pilot area.
This position includes a generous relocation package to the great Portland, ME area. Competitive pay and benefit package including paid time off, full medical, dental, and vision insurance. 401(k) plan with employer match and discount on S&F products!
Schlotterbeck & Foss is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religious affiliation, age, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status, or any other category protected by law.
Augustus G. Schlotterbeck and Charles S. Foss founded Schlotterbeck & Foss Company in Portland, Maine in 1866. The company began as a prescription apothecary shop, moving to patented medicines and flavoring extracts. From the horse & buggy days to the present, Schlotterbeck & Foss has earned and maintained a reputation for quality products and fair dealings.Behind our rich (and delicious) history ...lies a solid foundation of innovation. While honoring those time-tested recipes that secured our reputation, we keep ourselves open to new trends. We’re constantly tasting, sampling and looking for ways to improve and expand our offerings to grow with our customers.For us, that means a blend of tradition and technology, taking the best from both worlds. While our manufacturing process has been streamlined through computerization, our cooking is still done in small batches, with the care of handcrafting, to bring out the most vibrant flavors. Our company is housed in a historic building, but our facility glistens with stainless steel pipes, specialty kettles and the latest machinery. We have a broad and diverse distribution base, yet we still pack all of our products by hand.We measure our success by product quality and living our values: remaining dedicated to a small-batch manufacturing process, in which every employee has a sense of ownership, and using only the finest ingredients. To that end, our fudges are made of the finest Dutch cocoas, our vanillas from the best Madagascar beans, and our coffees from specialty roasted beans grown around the world. The fruits and vegetables in our sauces and salsas are the freshest available and, whenever possible, organic. The seasonings and spices we choose for our dressings, grilling sauces, mustards and marinades are all-natural. We believe you can taste the goodness of quality ingredients and careful craftsmanship.