Senior Technician, Research & Development - Pet

Smuckers Akron , OH 44301

Posted 6 months ago

For more than 120 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has brought families together to share memorable meals and moments. Guided by a vision to engage, delight, and inspire consumers through trusted food and beverage brands that bring joy throughout their lives, Smucker has grown to be a well-respected North American marketer and manufacturer with a balanced portfolio of leading and emerging, on-trend brands. In consumer foods and beverages, its brands include Smucker's, Folgers, Jif, Dunkin' Donuts, Crisco, Caf Bustelo, R.W. Knudsen Family, Sahale Snacks, Smucker's Uncrustables, Robin Hood, and Bick's. In pet food and pet snacks, its brands include Rachael Ray Nutrish, Meow Mix, Milk-Bone, Kibbles 'n Bits, Natural Balance, and Nature's Recipe. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. For more information about our Company, visit


Senior Technician, Research & Development - Pet


Orrville, OH


Manager, Research & Development Pet


R&D Senior Technicians use their understanding of Science and the critical experimental work of day-to-day applied research, including generating and reporting data, to deliver sustained contributions that result in new and/or improved products, packages, processes or methodologies. They must have the ability to the execution of a broad range of technical tasks or deep skills in a single area and may also identify and propose ways to improve methods and new ways to accomplish tasks. Their work is typically "hands on", in a lab, in a plant or pilot plant, on a computer, or with consumers. These tasks are a vital part of the process of evaluating new hypotheses and formula/product/process/packaging designs. They work within established procedures with a limited degree of supervision and have no supervisory responsibilities but manage their own work-load.


  • Perform standard operating procedures and test methods relevant to the Job; ensure appropriate preparation in the lab per run request ex: setup, ingredient prep, operation, clean up etc.

  • Conduct experiments/studies to generate data; lead execution of trials & experiments; ensure clean and sanitized equipment utilized for experiments

  • Operate various food processing, packaging, and testing equipment, under strict guidelines and safety requirements, to execute experiments

  • Document and report data for review and interpretation. Document process conditions, ingredient codes, inventory levels etc

  • Communicate results or observations to supervisor and other team members, making special note of unexpected results or observations and proposing interpretations

  • Participate in relevant run meetings; identify/resolve issues as needed; provide feedback on operation/execution

  • Identify ways to improve methods and new ways to accomplish tasks; identify equipment/process upgrades and implement

  • Provide informal guidance and support to more junior team members; draft SOPs and gain alignment for implementation; draft JSA and LOTO for unit operations etc, develop & provide unit operations training

  • Recognize and solve typical problems in own work area



  • High School / Vocational School Diploma with at least 6 years of directly relevant experience OR
  • Associate of Arts Degree with at least 4 years of directly relevant experience OR
  • Associate of Science Degree with at least 2 years of directly relevant experience


  • Experience in a food processing area with working knowledge of food safety regulations is preferred

  • Extrusion experience is preferred


  • Has developed job relevant specialized skills and/or multiple skills through advanced/specialized formal training and/or job-related training and/or considerable on-the-job experience

  • Is skilled in a range of processes, procedures and systems and/or has developed deep skills in a single area

  • Understands how the assigned duties relate to others in the team and how the team integrates with others in the discipline

  • Understands and is able to use available resources needed to get the job done

  • Provides solutions to problems in situations that are atypical or infrequently occurring based on practice and existing precedents or procedures

  • Uses discretion to modify work practices and processes to achieve results or improve efficiency

  • Readily cooperates, shares information and provides suggestions to meet team goals

  • Can be equipment owner / SME for key unit operations

  • Owner of defined process lab area/equipment. Maintain tools/parts/spares as necessary

  • Support product cuttings for appropriate trials

  • Ensure working order for lab equipment

  • Perform routine maintenance and calibrations etc.

  • Safely set-up and operate process equipment; perform experiments for analysis of new processes, products and materials

  • Follow all J.M. Smucker, health and environmental compliance requirements, and all OSHA Safety rules; comply with company GMP/GSP and other Food Safety/QA requirements

  • Accurately weigh out the ingredients required for experiments, transfer them to the Process Lab for processing and convert the ingredients to finished goods, per written instructions in Process Lab Laboratory Run Request Forms

  • Needs to be familiar with basic automation and process controls, basic electronics

  • Needs familiarity with parts and components of complex machinery as well as the tools to fix them

  • Supports preventive maintenance requirements on motors, conveyor systems, and production machines

  • Strong mechanical aptitude


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