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Extrusion Specialist

El Segundo, CA, United States

Posted on
Jun 13,2019

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At **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***., we started with simple questions. Why do you need an animal to create meat? Why can’t you build meat directly from plants? It turns out you can. So we did. We make plant-based meats that allow families to eat more, not less, of the traditional dishes they love while feeling great about the health, sustainability, and animal welfare benefits of plant protein. Our goal is to bring exciting change to the plate—and Beyond.
The Innovation team is seeking an outstanding individual to join **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. for extrusion research at the company’s headquarters in El Segundo, CA. The candidate will be a resident expert for extrusion and effect innovative extrusion technologies working with the team and operators. This position comprises primary responsibility for food extrusion-based process and product development from the initial concept through final commercialization phases. The ideal candidate has excellent scientific, analytical, strategic, and skills for development of engineering processes in an innovative food company, and an excellent record of impactful contributions to the extrusion field.
Construct and execute bench top, pilot plant and plant experiments/trials, either individually or as a member of a team
Work as an R&D team member with responsibility for conceptualizing and affecting extrusion manufacturing ideas and creating processes
Responsible for designing and running extrusion experiments, manufacturing processes and extrusion-based technology development
Assist in identification and creation of extrusion technology including new die designs
Comprehend and apply principles of the scale up of unit operations common within the food industry
Leverage both internal and external resources to identify and analyze problems, identify potential solutions, carry out tests, foresee consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in the achievement of team and project goals
Develop a close functional relationship with team members to review projects, contribute information, and provide suggestions regarding product-processing and product development work
Maintain accurate and complete records of all experimental and design work
Define processing core competencies in terms of playbooks, white papers, or other forms of knowledge capture and execute technology transfer to pilot and manufacturing facilities where appropriate
Troubleshooting throughput for extruders and improving yield
Be a resident expert for extrusion and share information on extrusion with the team and operators
Engage in cross-functional collaborations within the Innovation team to inform extrusion-directed product development and goals; actively engage in stage-gate processes
Understand and comply with all relevant food and safety regulations in pilot and food manufacturing environments
Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering, or Food Science required, Ph.D. preferred
Experience in food industry preferred. Significant experience in extrusion required
Knowledge of unit operations and processing equipment
Strong communication and presentation skills
Capable of responding quickly to evolving priorities and comfortable dealing with ambiguity in a fast-moving environment
Detail-oriented, extremely organized, and able to coordinate multiple tasks in a timely manner, with minimal supervision
Highly-organized and self-starting work style
Team player and flexible
In-depth understanding of mechanical and electrical components of an extruder
Good documentation and organizational skills and practices/project management skills
Disciplined with high attention to details
Strong analytical and creative thinking skills
Excellent time management skills
Communicate and collaborate effectively with internal and external customers, collaborators, and strategic partners
Works well in a diverse team environment with minimal supervision
Knowledge/experience with extruders, ideally in a food/beverage manufacturing facility
May require lifting items up to 50 lbs. and production floor duties
Depending on the role, the work setting involves an office, warehouse, and production areas
**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. is an equal employment opportunity employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, gender identify, sexual orientation, national origin, liability for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. If you are interested in learning the status of your application, please note you will be contacted directly by the appropriate human resources contact person if you are selected for further consideration. **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. reserves the right to defer or close a vacancy at any time.
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