Chr. Hansen

Chr. Hansen

  • West Allis, WI

  • Permanent

  • Full-time

Location: West Allis

State: WI

Country: USA

Do you want to help improve food and health around the world?

At Chr. Hansen, food and health is at the heart of everything we do and our natural ingredients are consumed by more than 1 billion people every day. As a global market leader in bioscience, we have the opportunity to address important global challenges such as food waste, healthy living and sustainable agriculture and we need the brightest and most passionate people on board to succeed. We strive to include diversity, equality and inclusion into our actions at work on a daily basis. Want to join us?

What we can offer you!

  • Health, Dental & Vision Insurance – Starts on Day 1! Vision insurance is FREE for employees!
  • 401k – up to an 8% contribution (Safe-harbor Company-contribution of 4% of annual base compensation PLUS Company-match of 66 2/3% of first 6% of employee’s contribution)
  • Work/Life Balance – Will be eligible for 10 paid Company holidays PLUS all employees start with 3 weeks of Paid Time Off (prorated in first year)
  • Flexibility – Various shift options (shift premiums for off-shifts) and remote work policy
  • Training & Development – In-house leadership development program & support of continuous learning (training, seminars and certifications)
  • Disability Income Protection
  • Health Savings (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Company-Provided Life & AD&D Insurance 2x annual base salary (up to maximum of $750,000)
  • 100% Tuition Reimbursement after 1 year and approved application
  • Student Loan Repayment Assistance up to $3,000 after 1 year and approved application
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program with up to $1,000 in incentives
  • Company-sponsored holiday party, family picnic & golf outing
  • FREE Probiotics for Employees (and covered dependents)! & Discounted prices for additional purchases

At Chr. Hansen, we offer a working opportunity that you can take part in setting the agenda. In each of our 32 global offices, you will be able to experience an agile organization where takes a short way from idea to implementation. We believe that engagement matters. Our inspiring work environment and collaborative culture would allow you to continuously develop both personally and professionally. As a market leader, Chr. Hansen has constantly pioneered science for almost 150 years and expanded into new area for a more sustainable future. Our founder, Christian D. A. Hansen, was a true entrepreneur and his mentality is still very present and valued today. We keep looking for people who can take charge and come up with new ideas to strengthen our team. Join us and take part in making a meaningful difference!

General Summary

The Culture Production Process Engineer reports to the Process Manager and is primarily responsible for safety, quality, yield and efficiency improvement initiatives in the Fermentation operations. This person will manage process-engineering projects, provide technical support, and improve existing manufacturing processes. In addition, this person acts as a liaison between engineering, maintenance and culture for processes in the plant.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Drives improvements in safety, quality, yield and efficiency in the Culture Fermentation and Packaging Departments.

Participates on cross-functional local and international teams for the on-going improvement of equipment and processes and other assignments.

Focused on reducing quality issues related to contamination, equipment, and cleaning.

Primary responsible for cleaning processes in the plant (e.g., CIP).

Acts as a technical resource to manufacturing, engineering, sales and marketing, and R&D.

Works with operators and supervisors to solve problems in the plant.

Works with Production, Engineering, Quality Assurance, and Maintenance on upgrades and projects – including small capital projects. Coordinate process work associated with large projects with Engineering. Consults with engineering and maintenance personnel relative to modification of machines, equipment and buildings to improve production and quality of products.

Makes recommendations for use of equipment and improving equipment for culture production. Confers with vendors to determine product specifications and arrange for purchase of equipment, materials, or parts, and evaluates products according to specifications and quality standards.

Coordinates processes with affiliates worldwide to achieve optimum efficiencies and yields.

Confers with management, engineering, and other staff regarding manufacturing capabilities, production schedules, and other considerations to facilitate production processes.

Involved with process management department to prioritize the optimization of current and future processes. Evaluate, recommend and implement process improvements for the culture plant.

Analyzes and plans work force utilization, space requirements, and workflow, and designs layout of equipment and workspace for maximum efficiency. Analyzes operating procedures and equipment functions to reduce processing time and cost.

Works with Culture Process Manager to ensure work assignments and process engineering projects are identified, prioritized, scheduled, and completed on time and in full.

Writes reports, and utilizes quality improvement tools, such as fishbone charts, histograms, affinity diagrams, etc. Applies statistical methods to estimate future manufacturing requirements and potential.

Annual international travel is required up to 5% of the time for this position.

Knowledge Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of Fermentation upstream processing, Food or Pharma hygienic, aseptic, and cGMP design, and especially CIP and SIP processes. Experience with frozen product handling, blending, and packaging is a plus.

Possess strong verbal, written, communication, analytical, interpersonal and organizational skills.

Skilled at business problem solving, conflict resolution, influencing others and change management.

Ability to work in local and global cross-functional environment.

Experience with IT and automation implementations (PLCs and HMIs) in production and production-related areas preferred.

Lean & Six Sigma training or certification, with the ability to use the Six Sigma methodologies, tools and statistical software preferred.

These characteristics are normally acquired through a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, and a minimum of three or more years of work experience within a process-driven manufacturing environment. A chemical engineering or biomedical degree is preferred.

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About Chr. Hansen

Chr. Hansen is a global, differentiated bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. At Chr. Hansen we are uniquely positioned to drive positive change through microbial solutions. We have worked for over 145 years to enable sustainable agriculture, better food and healthier living for more people around the world. Our microbial and fermentation technology platforms, including our broad and relevant collection of around 40,000 microbial strains, have game-changing potential.

We have come far on our journey, and delivered strong results, and as we continue to unlock the power of good bacteria through new technologies, there is so much more we can do. Our employees are the driving force enabling us to live our mission to pioneer microbial science to improve food, health and productivity. We work passionately, because we know we can make a difference for people, animals and plants. And ultimately for our planet. Innovating for a sustainable future is part of our culture, our history and our strategy and is embedded in our purpose: to grow a better world. Naturally.

At Chr. Hansen we place importance on diversity, equality and inclusion, and we appreciate difference in perspectives. We therefore encourage everybody to apply no matter race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, etc.

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