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2023 Graduate Program North America - Process Scientist

How often can you find a multi-billion-dollar company that offers you flexibility to change in your career as your interests change? You just did. Kerry's unique culture and commitment to change in the food, beverage, and pharma industries offers support and opportunities as your interests and need to explore grow. If fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and global opportunities appeal to you, then introduce yourself!
  • Rochester, MN 
  • Norwich, NY 
About Kerry 
Kerry is the world’s leading taste and nutrition partner for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. We innovate with our customers to create great tasting products, with improved nutrition and functionality, while ensuring better impact for the planet. Our leading and proprietary consumer insights, global RD&A team of 1,000+ food scientists and local manufacturing footprint in 31 countries enable us to co-create with our customers across over 150 countries. At Kerry, we are driven to be our customers’ most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition, and will reach over 2 billion consumers with sustainable nutrition solutions by 2030. 
Process Engineering Overview 
The role of the Process Scientist is to fully understand the existing production processes and constantly drive Process Optimization to improve quality, efficiency, yields and safety. Supporting operations and partnering with Process Engineering, managing production issues to conclusion, where necessary interfacing with various departments or functions within Kerry and/or suppliers to resolve challenges quickly. Your direct line manager will be the site Process Science Manager, but you may also receive instruction from other Managers as appropriate and even the central Process Technology group for Kerry Applied, Health, & Nutrition. You will have real opportunity to engage right across the business and make a difference early in your career. You will be supported and work alongside one of the most experienced food and pharma manufacturing teams in the world. You will spend the first year in one location and then relocate to the second location to complete the program. 
Key Responsibilities 
What you'll do 
  • Demonstrates leadership in the area of safety. Ensures all process related activities associated with any change or improvement does not breach the appropriate health and safety standards within it, and are fit for purpose on completion 
  • Plays a leading role in driving the continuous improvement of production process and people safety.  
  • Assists in troubleshooting and optimising the current production processes to eliminate product losses, improve quality, plant capacity, throughput, conversion cost, safety and increase shippable % 
  • Improves end to end process capability of production lines by applying best in class scientific principles to reduce variation, and continuous improvement principles to reduce waste (product, raw material, etc.) 
  • Participates in process and equipment risk assessments in order to optimise engineering design, hygienic design, personnel safety, environmental and quality compliance.  
  • Develops Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) to detail operations of new processes or revises SOP’s to reflect changes to operations as a result of modifications to existing processes. 
  • Supports completion of hazard analysis studies (PHA’s/HAZOP’s) for existing and new processes.  
  • Keeps abreast of new technology and subsequently develops projects to drive process improvement.  
  • Assists in training Production Supervisors, Team Leaders, and operators to provide clear understanding on modified or new processes. 
  • Maintain and deploy a broad knowledge of industry trends/innovations and where possible implement new process technology innovation to enhance Kerry manufacturing capability.  
  • Responsible for the effective management of change for relevant processes 
  • Responsible for leveraging best practice from process technology Subject Matter Experts in the region 
  • Responsible for plant implementation of process technology initiatives 
  • Where relevant, responsible for the security and integrity of the site culture collection ensuring all protocols are maintained. This includes ensuring full regulatory compliance with all relevant local, and national regulatory authorities are met 
  • Actively live the Kerry values of Courage, Ownership, Inclusiveness, Open-mindedness, & Enterprising Spirit 
Qualifications and Skills 
What you'll need to be successful 
  • A Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year accredited college or university in Microbiology or Chemical/Biochemical/Bioprocess Engineering 
  • Demonstrate a clear experience of successful leadership in academic and non-academic development 
  • Demonstrate a passion for food, pharma and biotech 
  • problem-solving skills 
  • Motivated self-starter with the determination and drive to succeed 
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the proven ability to communicate effectively to all levels of an organization 
  • Ability to work in a team environment 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) 
  • A curious mindset 
  • Willingness to travel or relocate 
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA 
Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. EEO is the Law poster can be found here. Additional information can also be here.