Job details Process Support Specialist - Yeast Fermentation and Production

Posting Period

From June 28, 2024
to July 31, 2024

Country or region

May vary

Canada

United States

Location

May vary

Business Unit

Corporate Group

Department

Research and Development

Entry date

As soon as possible

Job Status

Permanent - Full time

Minimal required work experience

5 years

Minimal education level required

Bachelor's Degree

Salary

To be determined

Benefits

Competitive social benefits

Process Support Specialist - Yeast Fermentation and Production

Main Functions

We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated Process Support Specialist to support yeast fermentation and production at our yeast production facilities, where various yeast products in different formats (liquid, fresh, and dry) are generated for different applications, including baking, brewing, wine making, and fuel ethanol fermentation. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in microbiology, fermentation technology or biochemical engineering, with a focus on yeast or microbial fermentation processes in an industrial setting. This role would be expected to spend ~50% of their time traveling to production facilities, primarily in NA but also globally as needed.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Track and trend yeast output, yield and quality data for each fermentation or production batch to identify and eliminate special cause variations and make recommendations for continuous improvement.
  • Monitor and analyze fermentation and other production data continuously to identify trends, patterns, potential issues, and recommend preventive actions.
  • Travel from plant to plant proactively to identify problems and develop solutions to improve operations, safety, quality and efficiency.
  • Be able to travel to the plants with short notice, assist production with troubleshooting, drive root cause analysis investigations and provide timely solutions.
  • Design, coordinate and supervise scaled-down experiments for studying the critical process parameters identified in fermentation and downstream processes to increase quality, consistency, and yield and reduce costs and processing times.
  • Plan, coordinate, and provide onsite support for the scale-up of new process schemes and new yeast strains’ production, ensuring a smooth transition from lab scale to industrial scale.
  • Collaborate with R&D to evaluate and implement new techniques, new devices, new technology aiming for continuous process improvement and optimization for production plants.
  • Prepare technical, lab experiments, technology transfer, plant trials and troubleshooting reports, and techno-economic feasibility assessments for communicating work outcomes and future recommendations.

Technical skills

Required

  • B.S. in Microbiology, chemical engineering, biotechnology, biochemical engineering, or other related fields, M.S. or Ph.D. preferred.
  • Good knowledge of fermentation technology and biochemical engineering principles, theory and practice with special focus on yeast fermentation operations in an industrial setting or a strong interest in acquiring such skills.
  • Experience with process scale-up and technology transfer.
  • Proficient in data analysis and statistical process control.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to clearly communicate results, concepts and ideas.

An asset

  • Good working knowledge of chemical and biochemical process unit operations.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of SCADA, data historian, process control and automation.
  • Familiarity with data science tools such as Python, R, or SAS.

Personal abilities

Required

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong independent and teamwork abilities.
  • Diligent and persistence

General criteria

Required

  • Flexibility to work some limited off-shift and weekend hours in order to support all production shifts when needed.
  • Availability to spend ~50% of their time traveling to production facilities

Organization

Lallemand is a privately held Canadian company founded in the late 19th century, which develops, produces, and markets microorganisms for various markets. The administrative offices of the parent company are in Montreal, Canada. Today, Lallemand employs more than 5,000 people working in more than 45 countries on 5 continents.

Lallemand's corporate division encompasses all of the support services offered to our branches. Its goal is to optimize internal processes, ensure that your operation is running smoothly, and that your strategy is well thought-out.

Our corporate branch's head office is located in Montreal, Canada, and relies on a team that specializes in: Management; Finance and accounting; Engineering; Research and Development (R&D); Human Resources (HR); and Information Technology (IT). If you want to help bring enthusiasm, collaboration and innovation to our workplace, we'd love to get to know you!

Please take note that accommodations will be provided in all parts of the hiring process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

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