Process Development Project Manager, Idaho Falls, ID


Process Development – Project Manager, Idaho Falls, ID


Oversees multiple Process Development projects in support of our Strategic Plan and is accountable for providing technical leadership in the planning, evaluating, and developing of new technologies and processes and executing the successful transfer of new processes to manufacturing facilities.  Primary technical emphasis on snack extrusion and extrusion process development.  Manages all aspects of the projects, including assigned resources, and is accountable for planning, organizing and directing all pilot plant production operations.  Maintains a high level of business acumen.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • 40%   Lead the development of new processes and products, focusing on delivering to internal and external requirements including: consumer/customer requirements, efficiency, productivity, reliability, and adaptability for commercial scale up. Support Product Development, Marketing & Innovation in the development and implementation of new products, line extensions and product improvements.  Develops and maintains extrusion expertise in support of new and existing processes.
  • 30%   Manage the development and transfer of new technologies and processes from the bench/lab area to full pilot line production, to commercialization, establishing quality assurance specifications, process specifications and frequency of tests for process control.   Plan and coordinate all activities for the transfer of new processes/products to Operations.
  • 20%  Directs and conducts laboratory and pilot plant experiments involving products and processes necessary to execute projects.  Brings tests to conclusion, analyzes data, reports results, solve problems, and makes recommendations.
  • 10%   Provide technical support to Marketing/Sales, Technology, and Operations teams in troubleshooting and solving process performance problems.  Provide technical support to customers by recommending appropriate technical solutions for product or process parameters.


Education and/or Experience

Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering or Food Engineering preferred.  Bachelor’s degree (B. S.) from a four-year college or university in engineering and seven years related experience including two years of experience developing unique food processes in the food industry and 1-3 years supervisory experience.  Experience demonstrating technical extrusion excellence is required.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations.  Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to learn and use new systems. Optiva Database software; Development software; Human Resource systems; Internet software; Inventory software; Manufacturing software; Project Management software; MS Word and Excel, Outlook Calendar, TIMEX, and Optiva.

Other Qualifications

Travel within a 60 mile local area required.  Travel beyond that will be required on a project basis.  Travel is typically 10% – 20%, but may be as high as 75%, as the projects require.

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Connie Dorigan

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