Career Development

As a community committed to advancing the science of food, IFT is dedicated to providing the best learning and professional development opportunities to help you and your team succeed. Whether you're trying to find a new job, get a promotion, or excel in your new career, IFT has the learning opportunities and resources to help you achieve your professional development goals no matter what stage of you career.

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Whether you’re looking to find a job or wanting to post a job, IFT’s Career Center is a great year-long resource to support you in your job search pursuits. IFT’s Career Center is also a recruiter's best friend. Source top food science talent by posting your position on IFT’s Career Center.

Hershey, Pennsylvania, The Manager, US CI Product Optimization, will provide a critical leadership role contributing to the successful oversight of the US Supply Chain multi-year product and process continuous improvement strategic plan and portfolio development.  He/She is accountable for managing projects and providing leadership to a group of technical professionals that will lead to the successful identification, validation, and appropriate transfer of existing or new technologies into manufacturing operations for continuous quality and cost improvements on new/existing brands and manufacturing processes to deliver $5M - $8M in annual savings.   The Manager also provides strong leadership to influence teams in the execution of product and process improvements, strategic business continuity and capacity initiatives across the North American Supply Chain, with a special focus on ingredient, formula, operations, and process improvements.   The manager maintains a strong cooperative working relationship with Marketing, Commodities Procurement, Quality and Regulatory Compliance, Legal, R&D, Manufacturing, and Operations Business Integration to conduct technical and economic feasibility studies in support of the identification, development, and implementation of regional strategic ingredient, product, process and operations initiatives. Demonstrated Management, Leadership, Negotiation, and Salesmanship skills; Strategic as well as tactical thinker Effectively collaborate with Operations Teams, Technical experts, External government and industry agencies and Senior Management Change Agent: The ability and drive to challenge conventional wisdom Proven administrative ability, decision-making skills, financial understanding, business integration skills and technical expertise Experience providing leadership and direction on new technical platforms, technologies, ingredients, and processes. Ability to define, develop, and implement complex multidimensional product and process optimization projects and make critical decisions with limited information Working knowledge of Food Chemistry, Confectionery/Chocolate Technology, Confectionery Manufacturing Processes, Product and Process Optimization, Lean Manufacturing Principles Recognized Subject Matter Expert in a minimum of one confectionery process and product technology. Ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects covering multiple manufacturing locations Ability to establish priorities and execute multifunctional strategic project objectives Advanced problem solving and evaluation capabilities Familiarty with Lean/Six Sigma concepts, TPM. Excellent verbal and written communications skills Must possess technical supervisory experience Ability to travel up to 25%...
Hershey, Pennsylvania, A Food Technologist fills a critical role in the successful development and execution of the US Region’s multi-year continuous improvement plan. Utilizing solid food science skills and an understanding of core process engineering principles, he/she identifies product and process optimization opportunities including but not limited to recipe changes, ingredient changes, process improvements, and new technology applications. He/She leads or supports projects toward a personal target of delivering $1M - $3M annual savings. He/She leads or supports quality, safety, supply continuity and capacity initiatives as assigned   Primary responsibilities include working as a Project Leader on Product and Process Optimization Projects Formulating/Reformulating new confectionery products in our state of the art Research and Development Center in Hershey, PA.  Project responsibilities also include providing manufacturing technical support, and new technology application evaluation. Possess full working technical knowledge of product and process development and optimization, including formula and process development, optimization, manufacturing validation and implementation. Demonstrated application of food science and process engineering principles in developing manufacturing solutions with a sound understanding of the interaction between process unit operations and product physical and sensory properties. Possess the appropriate combination of knowledge and experience in design of manufacturing systems for the food industry including: a basic understanding of common process unit operations and equipment used in the food industry, sanitary design, construction practices and general knowledge of common equipment suppliers in the food industry. Working knowledge of Food Science and Engineering principles, Quality Assurance, Good Manufacturing Practices. Working knowledge of lean manufacturing, TPM, and green/black belt certification Experience operating lab and pilot scale equipment/instrumentation and working in a manufacturing plant. Demonstrated ability to work independently, exercising a moderate level of judgment in project execution. Possess time management skills and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple priorities in an expedient manner, having an understanding of the required business objectives, developing solutions and schedules, and efficient and expedient project executions. Demonstrate attention to details required to deliver results with sound project planning and project management skills. Interpersonal skills that allow for effective working relationships at all levels across the organization. Ability to work in a team environment and independently in a flexible work environment with changing priorities Excellent written and verbal communication skills Proficient computer literacy, fluent with Microsoft Office Suite Ability to accommodate unusual and extended work hours as required for project completion Ability to travel up to 25% Multiple openings exist starting at The entry level Food Technologist level and minimum four years experience at the Senior Food Technologist level...
Nationwide, Lallemand Bio-Ingredients is seeking a Technical Sales / Product Manager for the USA savory market.  The product portfolio includes Inactive Torula and Brewer’s yeast as well as Yeast Extracts and specific savory blends.  This position plays a key role on the Americas and global Lallemand Bo-Ingredients savory team. The critical responsibilities includes the management of our USA distributor network and specific key accounts. This includes the introduction of new products and applications as well as support to our existing product range.  An important responsibility is training distributor representatives on our products and use in application.  Collaboration with key Lallemand colleagues (business and R&D) to develop new applications and sales is of high importance. Product Management especially for our Torula line of products requires close collaboration with our Global Savory Product Manager located in Europe.  Product planning and product marketing throughout the product lifecycle is required.  Setting the product strategy and roadmap are key elements of the role.  Responsibilities include the development and preparation of marketing and advertising materials specifically directed to the markets in the Americas. Ideally the candidate will have at least 3-5 years of related experience.  An advanced degree in an associated discipline is also a plus.  Excellent interpersonal skills are a requirement as are proficient computer skills.  Maintenance and input into our information systems is also a necessity. Familiarity with Unix, CRM and Lewis would be helpful.   Extensive travel throughout North America is necessary as well as a few trips annually to other regions...

The Career Center at the IFT Expo attracts many talented and up-and-coming professionals in the food industry who continue to advance science and push the boundaries of innovation.

- Elizabeth Adefioye, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer , Ingredion Incorporated
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