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Technician S&R

Posted Date:  Dec 1, 2023
Requisition Number:  120066

Job Location: Hershey, PA


Reporting to the Manager, Sweets R&D and working at the The Hershey Company’s Technical Center, the Technician position provides project assistance in high and medium complexity projects with support or leads workstreams within larger projects with guidance and support. A successful candidate has knowledge of how to manufacture a wide portfolio of products and to run the associated lab and pilot plant equipment. This candidate has basic food science knowledge around core products and formulations and demonstrates basic cross-functional communication and communication focused to project leader and management. 
Specific Role Focus Area:  
• Work with multiple scientist within Sweets and Refreshment R&D team to achieve company goals
• Perform basic tasks and follow standard work methods or specific instructions required to support product development
• Must be competent in data entry, basic calculations, computer applications, and organoleptic evaluations
• Complete product development tasks at Benchtop and pilot plant scale
• Assist and/or lead in Equipment assembly and preparation
• Support in-plant initiatives such as trials, sales sample production, and start-ups
• Identify project support needs 
• Partner with project leaders on planning and execution
• Work independently and proactively
• Have excellent communication skills
This role will interact and partner with: 
• Scientists
• Engineers
• Pilot plant operations
Must be willing to travel up to 25% of the time. This is primarily a dayshift job but some off shifts and OT may be required.

Summary of major duties:
Project support:  Operate standard experimental testing or processing equipment in the laboratory to prepare and package products, and record and tabulate data.  Assist with pilot plant scale-up testing by preparing ingredients, packaging materials, and processing equipment, assisting with the equipment operation, collecting and tabulating data, and post test cleanup.
Project leadership:  With minimal supervision, leads small projects or segments of larger projects.  Manages timelines and deliverables, plans and executes experiments with autonomy, oversees temporary labor deliverables and coordination, manages communication of status and results to the team and supervisors.
Lab maintenance:  Responsible for organization, cleanliness, and sanitation of team laboratory workspaces.  Maintain inventory of ingredients and supplies.  Maintain regulatory compliance through entry of ingredient/packaging information in the lot tracking database. Work within the Tech Center Traceability system to schedule pilot plant runs, reserve rooms and equipment, log/track ingredients and products, and create finished goods.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:  

Education and Experience: GED/HSD with minimum 3-4 years related experience, or BS in non-related field with no experience



Nearest Major Market: Harrisburg

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