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ABOUT DAKOTA GROWERS

Our heritage stems back to the early 1990s when over 1,100 entrepreneurial farm families built our state-of-the-art durum mill and pasta manufacturing plant. We quickly grew to become the third largest pasta manufacturer in North America. Today, we are proud to be an 8th Avenue Food & Provisions company. We make over 150 pasta shapes from Acini de Pepe to Ziti Rigati in traditional, whole wheat, organic recipes and more! People across America and beyond enjoy our pasta daily in restaurants, at home and through convenience prepared meals.

We have manufacturing in Carrington, ND and New Hope, MN, offering rural and metropolitan lifestyles. Both locations offer a wide range of employment in engineering, business, food manufacturing and so much more.

Lead Food Technologist- Projects

Research & Development

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Job Details

Description

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a Project Leader for commercialization projects from ideation through final execution at plant and distribution to customer
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of a detailed project plan to monitor and track project progress
  • Develop comprehensive project timelines to be shared with team members and customers
  • Coordinate meetings and project follow ups with R&D, Marketing/Sales, Plant Operations, Supply Chain, Quality, Graphics, Purchasing, and Finance to ensure all opportunities are on course to meet the customer’s expectations and deadlines
  • Assist with new product development from concept to scale up including formulation and prototype development
  • Provide oral and written progress updates to stakeholders and business leaders. Must be able to clearly articulate technical product information in a format that is understandable to non-technical audiences.
  • Report and escalate to management as needed
  • Use and continually develop leadership skills
  • Perform other related duties as assigned
  • Education and Experience Required:

  • BS Food Science, Food Technology, or related scientific field
  • 4+ years’ work experience
  • Combination of project leadership and food product development experience
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Strong project management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to lead multi-faceted teams, provide clear priorities and expectations
  • Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills:

  • Knowledge of Food Safety – FSMA, HACCP, GMPs, etc.
  • Knowledge of regulatory compliance for nutritional labeling
  • Working knowledge of the Code of Federal Regulations
  • Ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams
  • Strong time management, planning and organizational skills
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Entry level knowledge of JDE EnterpriseOne software
  • Entry level knowledge of Wrike project management software
  • Physical requirements

    Qualified candidates must be able to perform the following physical job requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Sitting at a work station for extended periods of time
  • Stand and walk on a frequent basis
  • Moderate lifting of up to 25 pounds and occasional lifting up to 50 pounds
  • Use lab equipment – scales, moisture, and others as needed
  • Safely work in a variety of environments including office, laboratory, and/or manufacturing plant settings where occupational noise and other hazards may exist.
  • Qualifications

    Education

    Required

    Bachelors or better in Food Science or related field.

    Experience

    Required

    Ability to lead multi-faceted teams, provide clear priorities and expectations

    Excellent written and verbal communication skills

    Strong project management skills

    Proficiency with Microsoft Office

    Combination of project leadership and food product development experience

    4 years:Experience in R&D, Food Science field or related focus

    Preferred

    Working knowledge of the Code of Federal Regulations

    Knowledge of regulatory compliance for nutritional labeling

    Knowledge of Food Safety - FSMA, HACCP, GMPs, etc


    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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