Senior Aseptic Technologist in Grand Rapids MI

Agropur Inc
Title: 
Senior Aseptic Technologist
Date: 
11/17/2020
Job ID: 
JR09772
Location: 
Grand Rapids MI
Degree: 
Not Specified
Salary: 
Not Specified
Job Types:
Food Technol/Scientist, R&D/Product Dev Manager, Research Technician

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Job Type: Regular

Working at Agropur means being a member of an extended family where simplicity and honesty are part of everyday life, and where the management style is based on integrity, openness and autonomy. You too can join the Agropur family!

Who we are:

We are an employee-focused organization that promotes from within and are looking for enthusiastic, team-oriented employees to join our growing team. Founded in 1938, Agropur is a top 20 global dairy processor. In addition to being one of the largest award-winning cheese manufacturers, Agropur is a leader in high quality and diverse nutritional whey proteins. Agropur&##39;s 10 US-based, SQF Certified plants are behind some of the most prominent food, beverage, and nutrition brands in the industry. Vertically integrated by design, Agropur provides future-forward solutions in the areas of cheese, ingredients, beverages, and custom contract manufacturing services. "Better Dairy. Better World." www.agropur.com

What this role is all about:

We are looking for a Senior Aseptic Technologist in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Senior Aseptic Technologist provides support in the area of process improvement, operations system analysis, and implementation of new products/processes. The Senior Aseptic Technologist manages liquid product and process industrialization at the facility level, with a focus on liquid product stability, including scale up, product optimization and processing development. This position provides technical support to investigate/resolve quality issues or product losses in facility batches.


  • Work with facility personnel to identify all process improvement projects.

  • Work with cross functional team, as needed, to ensure product/process can be industrialized using existing process lines or identify required modifications prior to industrialization.

  • Develop, maintain, and communicate timelines for projects.

  • Conduct manufacturing trials for new/renovated products or processes at customer request and provide all supporting documentation for trials (trial protocols, instructions, final trial reports, etc).

  • Assist operations with developing and tracking KPI for improvement projects.

  • Optimize existing products/processes to satisfy objectives of project sponsor.

  • Assist with validation of new products/processes.

  • Assist with new supplier qualifications and lead cost savings projects.

  • Ability to drive the introduction of new products and manufacturing techniques.

  • Skill/knowledge to match customer requirements with facility capabilities.

  • Support the Agropur Continuous Excellence program and the strive for zero defects.

The Requirements (Minimum Qualifications):


  • Bachelor&##39;s Degree in Food Science or related field required.

  • Equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be considered.

  • Minimum five (5) years product development team experience, including bench top, pilot plant and factory trial responsibility, required.

  • Minimum five (5) years product development team experience in dairy and/or non-dairy beverages required.

  • Minimum five (5) years project management experience, including control of budget, required.

  • Minimum three (3) years of experience in an aseptic facility required.

The Extras (Preferred Qualifications):


  • Knowledge of developing and cascading Key Performance Indicators for operational improvement preferred.

  • Fundamental knowledge of milk and non-dairy based products preferred.

What we offer you:


  • Agropur offers its employees a competitive and comprehensive compensation and benefits package focusing on your physical, financial and emotional health to include the following:

    • Health, Dental and Vision options

    • Health Savings and Flexible Spending Accounts

    • Company paid life insurance, short and long-term disability

    • 401(k) Retirement Plan with a 4% company match

    • Tuition Reimbursement Program

    • Health and Wellness Programs to include Wellness Incentives and Employee Assistance Program

    • Opportunities for discretionary bonus&##39; and discretionary 401(k) contributions based on Company financial performance.

    • Paid Time Off Program, Holiday Pay and Bereavement

  • An environment that upholds our five core values: Boldness, Collaboration, Communication, Excellence and Integrity

  • Opportunities for advancement

  • Training programs

  • Employee Referral Program

  • Community Involvement

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