Ennis, TX

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R&D Technician

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  • No. of hires for this role: 1
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Category: Production 

Pet Inspired. Employee Owned.

Make food that makes pets happy.

When we founded Freshpet, it was an opportunity to build something new. An innovative place to create the most real, fresh food for pets. A way to let employees own part of the company where they work. And a setting where each day is another chance to be inspired and do what’s best for Pets, People, and Planet. Are you ready to start fresh?

Job Description

The responsibilities of the R&D Technician will include:
• Organize and maintain a sanitary and safe R&D Benchtop lab plus clean work environment.
• Support lab-scale production of samples (weighing out ingredients, mixing, cooking, chilling, packaging) and serve as back-up support to the R&D Food Technologists.
• Calibrate and maintain laboratory instruments. Prepare and calibrate reagents; ensure that necessary laboratory supplies and equipment are available
• Prepare samples and perform sensory evaluation of products as well as data entry.
• Conduct analysis (texture, protein, fat, moisture…)
• Organize incoming shipments of dry ingredients, fresh meat and finished pet food products.
• Organize supplies and ingredients needed to produce samples.
• Ship/deliver customer sample requests in a timely manner.
• Assists with cleaning of ranges, ovens, refrigerators, freezers, lab equipment and Pilot Plant.
• May at times be required to travel (0-30%) to various training programs, test runs, co-packers or suppliers. Travel mileage and meals will be compensated.
• Supervise and participate TPRs.

Qualifications

experience

Work Experience Requirements • Minimum 2 years of experience in food/pet food industry required • General laboratory and cleaning experience are preferred • Prior R&D, QA or Laboratory experience preferred • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and capacity to multitask efficiently • Ability to work in a team and adapt to dynamic work environment • Ability to interact effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization • Responds well to changing project priorities • Independently carry out assignments and review data for accuracy and trends and communicate any concerns • Able to work with fresh raw meats and other food ingredients • Physically capable of handling or transporting heavy boxes and/or ingredients (up to 40 lbs) • Must have car to be able to ship/collect parcels. • Must be able to withstand some occasional cold temperature (40° F), when needed to sort out products in refrigerator (max 3 hours).

education

Education Requirements • High school diploma or equivalent required • Technical degree or certification in Nutrition/Food Science related field preferred

Benefits

• PTO • 10 company paid holidays. • Medical/Dental/Vision Benefits • Company paid Basic/Accidental Life insurance • Company paid Short/Long term disability • Option for Employee paid Basic/Accidental Life insurance • Option for Employee paid Short/Long term disability • 401K – with up to 4% company match • Flexible Spending account • Restricted Stock Units • Tuition Reimbursement

Schedule

Mon-Fri 9-5

Remote Work

No

About Freshpet

We are Freshpet, a team of pet parents, pet lovers, and other folks dedicated to doing what’s best for Pets, People, and Planet. Our home office is in Secaucus, NJ. Our kitchen locations are in Bethlehem, PA and Ennis, TX. And our heart is in our work: Preparing the finest food for dogs and cats using only fresh, natural ingredients. We are growing in popularity, impact, and size by doing things the right way. The Freshpet way.

Freshpet embraces diversity and is an EOE/M/F/Disabilities/A/Veterans employer.