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Dairy Farmers of America Rotational Technical Analyst in Kansas City, Kansas

Position : Rotational Technical Analyst

Location : Kansas City, Kansas

Requisition ID: : 11083

This position is part of the graduate rotational program. In this role, the Rotational Technical Analyst will rotate through various functions such as manufacturing, engineering, and research, development, and applications over approximately a two-year timeframe. During this time, the Rotational Commercial Analyst can expect to have the following experiences and job responsibilities:

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Visit a DFA farm to gain basic dairy farming knowledge and experience

  • Spend time with the milk marketing and farm services teams to further understand the co-op

  • Work on various plant shifts to gain insight into the manufacturing process, opportunities, and challenges

  • Complete a manufacturing project using educational experience

  • Participate in transporting milk

  • Participate in review of production costs, rework meeting, and/or analytics

  • Participate in on ideation, package design, problem-solving, etc., meetings

  • Utilize systems throughout rotation, including Power BI, Salesforce, PCM, genesis, trace gains, SharePoint, etc., to analyze data and produce metrics. Produce reports, provide analytics, and build capability around data analysis and critical thinking

  • Participate in a customer audit in plant (understanding of quality, regulatory etc.)

  • Prepare and send samples for customers. Understand how to maintain sample and raw material inventory

  • Participate in a customer call, such as a prospecting call or complaint resolution

  • Complete a continuous improvement (CI) project involving influence

  • Run pilot dryer; understand science and methodology to spray drying, blending, etc.

  • Work on a new product project, conduct experiments and research, develop specs and product information bulletins (PIB), and understand how to produce product applications. Prepare and present report on project results and next steps

  • Research on-trend applications

  • Understand foodservice culinary applications by working with development chef or product developers

  • Assist with new product scale-ups at manufacturing facilities and/or scale up at customer facility where product is used

  • Develop products from assigned projects through fermentation and other innovation and application related processes

  • Attend an international customer complaint visit

  • Attend industry workshop training, such as cheese, drying, etc.

  • Complete OSHA, environmental, ECO lab, and IDFA training courses

  • Shadow Plant Supervisor, Plant Manager, and Director of Operations

  • Act in a supervisory role (once leadership training is complete)

Review disciplinary issues with operations leader

o Deliver constructive feedback

o Participate in the interview and selection process

  • Research new ingredient technologies

  • Shadow the controls team and assist in conducting costing and data analysis

  • Troubleshoot quality issues with food quality leader

  • Assist in the capital management process

  • Understand how to access engineering standards and present navigation/refresher to plant leadership

  • Sit in on sales and operations planning (S&OP) and procurement meetings to understand how to schedule product, get bids, and interact with vendors

  • The requirements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employee, but is not a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Other duties may be assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Food Manufacturing, engineering, or related field required

  • Internship experience preferred

  • Certification and/or license – N/A

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong leadership abilities

  • Self-starting and disciplined

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • Creative outlook with strong communication skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products

  • Ability to communicate with other departments cross-functionally

  • Must be able to read, write and speak English

Travel Requirements: 15 - 25% (1 - 2 times per quarter)

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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