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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Director of Quality and Regulatory Operations in South East Idaho


Director Quality and Regulatory Operations,

Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The Director of Quality and Regulatory Operations will direct food safety, quality, and regulatory compliance of domestic and international sales. Oversee administration of quality systems and documentation that ensures compliance with third party, regulatory, customer, and religious requirements.  This position will also make regulatory and quality documentation available to customers, Marketing, Sales, Technology, and Operations along with develop a QRO operating plan that aligns departmental goals with corporate strategic initiatives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Use independent judgment to develop and implement a long term strategy to drive quality excellence in regards to food safety, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance of domestic and international products produced at all divisions. Provide a transition of new products between Product Development and Operations. Review potential acquisitions for food safety and quality compliance.

Oversee the quality and regulatory expectations of ingredient and packaging suppliers.

Provide overall leadership to all organizational recall and product retrievals.  Interact directly with the USFDA, USDA, and any customers to meet food standards set by individual entities.

Provide expert guidance and council for customers and top management as required. Direct compliance of customer requirements for quality, GMP/food safety, and product specifications.  Review and approve customer contracts relative to meeting customer requirements of food quality and food safety.

Provide strategic direction for the administration and development of the Technology Information Management Exchange that is the backbone of Quality Systems, Policies, and Procedures.  Make regulatory and quality documentation available to customers and Marketing, Sales, Technology, and Operations.

Facilitate and direct the strategic goals of the QRO department to meet the individual needs of each facility and align the goals with corporate strategic initiatives.

Must maintain the highest standards of data management by creating consistent, reliable data which will ensure accuracy and in turn, maximize the use of data and confidence in decision making.

Proactively manage safety by ensuring compliance with all Federal and State regulations and internal Company policies.  Regularly complete behavior based safety observations.  Ensure unsafe conditions are corrected in a timely manner.

All employees are responsible for upholding the principles of SQF 2000.

All employees are responsible for immediately reporting any food safety, food quality or plant security issues to management for appropriate action.

Other duties may be assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Directly supervises employees in the Quality and Regulatory Operations. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor of Science degree and preferably a Master of Science degree and ten to twelve years related experience.

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Connie Dorigan

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