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At Premier Nutrition, we’re a team cheering on our customers every step of the way. Maybe it’s in the PowerBar right before a marathon. Or in a post-workout bottle of Joint Juice. So many athletes count on us for healthy and transparent energy products, and that’s why we need a team that’s dedicated to building the future of nutrition. So come take the first step toward a career built on winning.

Process Engineering Manager, R&D

Research & Development


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Premier Nutrition Corporation (PNC) distributes nutritional food products to the health-conscious consumer under the brand names Premier Protein, PowerBar, Supreme Protein, and Joint Juice. With its people first culture, PNC treats employees with positivity and empathy and embraces new and innovative ideas that spark passion, personal growth, and a healthy dose of fun around the office. Bringing dogs to work, company-wide volunteer days, philanthropy and sustainability programs, in-office massages, walking meetings and workouts at the adjacent City Sports Club gym are just a few ways we help you increase your own good energy.

What’s it like to work here? Picture the scrappy culture of a start-up, the innovativeness of a tech company, with the resources and systems of a respected consumer brand under the Post Holdings umbrella, and you should have a sense of what it feels like to work at PNC. You’ll walk into the brand-new Emeryville office each Monday morning and find a hundred of your colleagues sitting on sofas, overstuffed pillows, the floor, or beanbags talking through the week ahead and learning about each other.

PNC seeks individuals who will thrive in this collaborative work environment and will help build our high-growth company. Our leadership principles capture the behaviors we aspire to and celebrate here—from ‘embodying a strategic mindset’ to ‘building people up’, each is a valuable tool in practicing leadership consistent with our values. We are Builders – looking for ways to challenge the status quo; Champions of Positive Nutrition - taking our role as health and nutrition seriously; Better Together – because we know that success is only achievable through our collective efforts; and we Ring the Bell, by celebrating big and small wins.

PNC is part of the Active Nutrition segment and is operated by its own senior leadership team, with publicly traded Post Holdings, Inc. (FY 2018 sales of $6.3 billion) as a parent company acting in a “private equity” capacity. Post Holdings’ Active Nutrition segment is a leader in providing innovative products that support healthy, active lifestyles with over $800 million in sales. Premier Nutrition utilizes a third-party network for manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution. Post Holdings is comprised of the Active Nutrition portfolio, which includes PNC, Dymatize, ­­­and Active Nutrition International (protein bars, shakes and powder products), Post Consumer Brands (cereals), Michael Foods (eggs, potato, cheese, and pasta), Weetabix (cereals), private label business groups, and Bob Evans Farms (a leader in frozen breakfast meats and vegetables).


The Process Engineering Manager is a senior level R&D position (technical expert/manager) and leads innovation through process development and ensures operational excellence in support of PNC’s business growth and market leadership. This position will be accountable for process innovation, improvement and implementation at various locations (commercial manufacturing, pilot line and small-scale process line used for early prototyping). The Process Engineering Manager is key member of our R&D team, as resident process engineering expert, providing key technical leadership, critical thinking and process insights to various internal stakeholders and external resources. This position has ability to influence LT and co-workers across organization and should embody PNC leadership and values, inspire other R&D team members to embrace a growth mind set and actively contribute to our high performing R&D team environment and drive for technical excellence. This position will report to the Director of R&D and will be located at our Emeryville, CA headquarters. This role is highly visible with great growth potential.


  • Thermoprocess incl Aspetic Processing expertise
  • Experience with small scale processing equipment, pilot line and commercial processing lines
  • Experience working with co-manufacturing
  • RTD beverages knowledge
  • Lead by example mentality
  • Working leader -roll -up sleeves approach
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Cross-functional collaboration


  • Lead efforts to develop and qualify processes to ensure products will meet quality and costs as designed.
  • Provide hands on support to teams, resolving day to day process related issues whether it is in the test lab, pilot lab and/or co-man production settings.
  • Must be a battle-tested process engineer with critical thinking skills and capability to perform process capability studies and to lead continuous improvement projects including cost savings or margin accreditive projects.
  • Ensures our in-house facilities maintain a center of excellence by overseeing facility operations, equipment upgrades and ensure innovation technology is brought in as needed.

  • Contribute to innovation and design of new products and/or product enhancements by designing and outlining process, process capability and key process control points. Lead or contribute to the process of transferring product from development to co-manufacturing. Interface with R&D and Operations teams in the transfer of products and processes.
  • Takes active role in high risk projects to help mitigate risks, remove barriers, help define contingency plans and provide support/mentorship to scientists.
  • Drive NPD Cycle time reduction and process improvements by working collaboratively with Operations and Co-man teams.
  • Works directly with co-mans to resolve major pain points with creative solutions that result in win-win
  • Help deliver prototype samples for key customers within committed lead times
  • Stays on top of relevant trends through professional network, seminars, individual research.

  • Create and/or review process documentation to reflect current, new and improved methodologies.
  • Develop clear and well understood documentation which includes but is not limited to protocols, deviations, drawings, and documentation for the manufacturing process and quality test procedures.
  • Educate and train RD team members and other internal and/or external parties, on current and new processes, documentation, and new product being transferred into co-manufacturing.

  • Perform engineering testing and validation with co-man support. Create associated documentation that is in accordance with regulatory requirements.

  • May be required to supervise, lead or train scientists and technicians as needed


  • MSc/PhD degree in Engineering, Chemistry or Physics
  • Experience:

  • 10+ years of experience in food process engineering, extensive experience with aseptic beverages and commercialization of products
  • Skills:

  • Experience managing technical employees
  • Maintain a high-level of industry expertise
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently or in a team setting
  • An “in the trenches” attitude and excitement to work in a start-up environment
  • Must be able to travel to pilot and manufacturing sites and support as necessary
  • Post Holdings provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, status as a covered veteran and any other category protected under applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws.


    Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

    The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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