Pilot Plant Technician

Research and Development
Chicago, IL
Full Time

About fairlife, LLC

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fairlife, LLC is a Chicago-based dairy company that produces nourishing and great-tasting milk-based products made using a patented cold-filtration process that removes some natural sugars while concentrating the protein and calcium naturally found in real cows’ milk.

Our line of delicious, lactose-free fairlife® products includes: fairlife® ultra-filtered milk, which has 50% more protein and 50% less sugar than regular milk; fairlife® with DHA, ultra-filtered milk with DHA Omega-3 fatty acids to support brain health; fairlife YUP!®, a line of flavored milks; Core Power® High Protein Shakes, a sports nutrition drink to support post-workout recovery; fairlife® nutrition plan™, a nutrition shake to support one’s journey to better health; and the newly launched fairlife® Light Ice Cream, a line of creamy, frozen desserts. In partnership with The Coca-Cola Company®, fairlife ultra-filtered milk and Core Power high protein shakes are distributed throughout the United States (U.S.) and Canada; all other fairlife products are available in the U.S.

To learn more about fairlife and its collection of products, please visit fairlife.com.

job purpose: The Pilot Plant Technician will support and assist in the operation of the R&D Pilot Plant in Chicago. This position will be responsible for executing trials and operate process equipment with GMP under general supervision while maintaining a safe, clean, and sanitary work area. This role will work with the Manager to make recommendations to the Research & Development team as well as the Chief Scientist regarding new products, etc.

 

responsibilities:

  • Operation of various processing equipment (HTST, UHT, Membrane Filtration, etc.) producing various samples for internal and external use as requested by R&D
  • Assist in maintaining equipment in good sanitary and working condition.
  • Execute trials on pilot scale equipment
  • Follow CIP and COP procedures
  • Maintain a safe, clean, and sanitary work area
  • Adhering to GMP and other safety regulations
  • Orders chemicals, equipment, and lab supplies
  • Organizing supplies and maintaining records of all inventories (chemical/equipment).
  • Maintain security and confidentiality of information within the research and development and quality group
  • Perform other duties assigned by Pilot Plant Manager

skills/qualifications required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Biology, Dairy Science or related discipline or Associate’s Degree with relevant experience preferred
  • 1-3 years of experience in the food industry (Dairy processes and applications is a plus)
  • Ability to operate pasteurizing equipment, HTST and UHT (experience with Microthermics equipment is highly preferred)
  • Membrane filtration processing experience a plus
  • Ability to operate and maintain lab and pilot plant equipment safely
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Computer skills in processing equipment and Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work autonomously and under pressure
  • Comfortable handling potentially dangerous substances (flammable liquids, biohazards, etc.)
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Enjoys working in a team
  • Positive “Can Do” attitude

Working conditions and physical requirements:

  • 8+ hours sitting/standing/walking
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Exposure to hazards (steam, chemicals, machinery, confined spaces, etc.)
  • Be flexible with hours and scheduling, ability to work all shifts including extended hours as needed (up to 12 hours due to certain trial work)

 

food safety requirements:

  • Notify supervision of any repairs or adjustments that are required that may affect product quality or food safety.
  • Understand, observe, and comply with the handling and usage of the color-coded container policy while in the Production Areas.
  • Perform all duties necessary to meet Company, Customer and/or Government requirements/standards as prioritized by the Company.
  • Ability to initiate action to prevent the occurrence of nonconformities relating to Food Safety and the Quality of the product, processes, quality system, or safety system.
  • Identify and record any problems relating to Food Safety and the Quality of the ingredients, processes, quality system, or safety system.
  • Control further processing or delivery of nonconforming product in terms of Food Safety and Quality issues until the deficiency or unsatisfactory condition has been corrected.
  • In the event of absence, another employee with the same skill level will assume the duties and responsibilities as required.

 

position location: Chicago, IL

reports to: Pilot Plant Manager

travel requirements: 5%

fairlife, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran status, or any other category protected by law. All qualified applicants and employees will be given equal opportunity. Selection decisions are based on job-related factors.

In addition to its nondiscrimination commitment, the Company will also provide reasonable accommodation of qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the Company. If you have a disability and would like to request accommodation in order to apply for a position with us, please email [email protected].

Why fairlife



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  • "In my career, finding an organization that’s growing their core business at an exceptional pace, innovating for the future and having fun with good people while doing it is the holy grail, and fairlife has it. "
    Norm Baker
    Finance Director
  • “I absolutely love working for fairlife because of the positive values they have! In my time here I have been given many opportunities to move up within the plant and am treated as part of the family.”
    Nurul Yaminudin
    Warehouse Supervisor
  • “Over the past 7 years, I have had the opportunity to grow from a Processing Operator to my current position as a Packaging Coordinator. fairlife believes in better and shows it by caring for their employees while offering competitive pay and career advancement opportunities.”
    Leonarda Roma
    Packaging Coordinator
  • “First impressions are very important, and I felt very welcomed the first day I started training. The staff at the Coopersville facility made me feel like I was a valuable addition to the fairlife team."
    Chuck Passenier
    Warehouse Associate
  • "While our portfolio of brands is amazing, the people I work with every day is what I love. We operate small and big. We challenge the industry norms. We run when everyone else walks. It’s a dynamic culture."
    Nina Johnson
    Sr. Director, Strategic Revenue Growth Management
  • "I love that we're providing a healthy alternative for people who are lactose intolerant. I have family members who are lactose intolerant; I feel like I am doing a service to them!"
    Carlton Kirkpatrick
    Warehouse Associate
  • "It’s a place where I’ve grown and learned a lot, giving me the ability to move into my role as a Packaging Technician. The people here are positively great teammates and the heart of what makes fairlife the place it is."
    Katie Sanger
    Packaging Technician
  • “fairlife is fast-paced, exciting, and growing quickly! This company is all in on innovation, and the support I’ve gotten for my own ideas has been incredible. We truly live out our credo of better values.”
    Lauren Knight
    Communications Manager

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fairlife, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran status, or any other category protected by law. All qualified applicants and employees will be given equal opportunity. Selection decisions are based on job-related factors.

In addition to its nondiscrimination commitment, the Company will also provide reasonable accommodation of qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the Company. If you have a disability and would like to request accommodation in order to apply for a position with us, please email [email protected]