• Research and Development
  • Concord, MA, USA
  • Full Time

We're not just about grapes. Our bold ambition is to be the leading company of convenient, good for you, fruit-based food and beverage globally. To make this happen, we need talented, agile and innovative people who want to help us grow something special together.

Our culture is authentic, and we are building an inclusive environment where you belong and can be the best version of yourself. If you're passionate about achieving goals, trying new things and making an impact every day, we want to hear from you!

In order to meet our growth, cost excellence and sustainability goals, we are looking for an experienced Process Engineer with passion for people, technology and innovation, who can generate and manage major Food and Beverage Processing projects, support our Engineering, Quality and Manufacturing teams with technical guidance, as well as lead and develop the R&D Process function.

What You'll Do:
• Lead and execute process technology projects, from ideation through business case & feasibility assessment, design, testing & validation, and scale up
• Lead and continuously develop the R&D Process function, including technical capabilities, staff leadership skills, and work processes
• Manage direct reports by providing on going feedback, support and coaching, assessing performance and providing development and growth opportunities
• Conduct ideation, external scouting and evaluation of new technologies and innovation solutions aligned with Welch's strategic priorities and growth plans
• Lead the continuous development of the R&D Process technology and innovation roadmap
• Through collaboration with Engineering, Product Development, and other cross functional team members, generate and implement process solutions to achieve business growth, cost excellence and sustainability goals

Who You Are:
• Technically sound and curious; enjoys challenges and problem solving
• Detailed oriented and fast learner
• Good written and oral communication skills
• Hands on, resourceful and decisive; seeks practical approaches with a bias for action to generate new ideas and progress projects
• Models accountability, taking ownership for decisions, actions, successes and failures
• Collaborates across departments, functions and teams
• Prioritizes work that accelerates progress against business priorities
• Develops caring relationships with direct reports and team members
• Explores possibilities and thinks beyond the obvious

What You'll Need:

• Minimum 15 years of proven Process R&D track record for Food & Beverage products, including but not limited to liquids and solids handling, dosing, batching, mixing, thermal processing and filling
• Knowledge of beverage processing and filling, including hot filling, and cold filling for carbonated products
• Demonstrated experience generating and leading major projects from concept to scale up
• Minimum of 3 years experience managing technical staff including performance assessment, coaching and development
• Bachelor's degree in Chemical, Mechanical Engineering or related fields. MS preferred
• Ability to influence and work effectively cross-functionally providing project and technical leadership
• Solid understanding of project management principles for capital projects
• Must be willing to work in hybrid model (some in office required)
• Must be able to travel up to an average of 25%

• Familiar with technology scouting and open innovation principles
• Experience in fruit processing and jams / jellies manufacturing
• Familiar with microbiology fundamentals, pasteurization, sanitation and CIP

What You'll Enjoy:
• Organization with a bold, clear purpose.
• Authentic culture that supports working together to deliver results.
• Workplace where teams care about each other and your voice is heard.
• Core and voluntary benefits so you can choose the right recipe for you.
• Generous 401(k) plan with annual company match.
• Flexible schedules so you can balance your work life priorities.
• Learning and development opportunities with coaching.
• Safe and clean working environment.

Welch's believes that our differences make the difference, and we take pride in being an Equal Opportunity Employer Disability/Vets.

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