Meati Foods

Boulder, Colorado, United States

Posted on: 2022-05-10

Category: food

Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:

Senior

Salary

Salary not provided

Senior Fermentation Process Engineer

About the company:

Meati Foods is focused on using proprietary, clean technologies to provide nutritious, fungi-based protein that everyone can enjoy and feel good about eating every day. The company strongly believes that finding the right protein should be easy and consumers should never have to choose between health, taste or the environment.

Company Description:

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Meati Foods is on a mission to help feed everyone -- forever. We believe everyone should have the choice to eat nutritious, unprocessed protein grown from nature. That's why we harness a single, infinite ingredient called mycelium – the muscular root structure of mushrooms – to put delicious Good Energy on your plate without compromising on health for you and your family, or for the planet. Get to know Meati at www.meati.com or on Instagram.

Company Culture:

Our team is passionate about making the world a better place through good health and wellness, positive climate impact, and equitable access to nutrition around the world. This passion translates into the culture of our office, making Meati Foods a lively, enjoyable, innovative, and inclusive place to work. This is an exciting time to be a part of Meati Foods and the growing plant-based meat category.

The Role:

Meati Foods is a fast-growing food company with fermentation at the core of our business. We are hiring senior process engineers to support our growth in fermentation capacity with process optimization, development, and troubleshooting at our production facilities as well as at our cutting-edge R&D pilot facility. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be a subject matter expert for cross-functional projects requiring creative solutions to fulfill process optimization and development needs at all levels of our business.

Responsibilities:

  • Process Engineering
    • Apply biological systems engineering principles to fermentation processes and equipment selection
    • Specify and design fermentation equipment, including vessels, instrumentation & controls and provides training to operators on new and existing processes and equipment.
    • Apply analytic methodology such as statistical process control (SPC) to optimize process conditions to improve yield, quality, and capacity.
    • Develops cost justifications, scope, schedule, and budget estimates for new process systems and process upgrades.
    • Contribute to fermentation startup and commissioning activities, including onsite field engineering at new production facilities, new system validation and checkout, and the development of standard operating procedures.

  • Project Support
    • Prepares Best Value Option Analysis (BVOA) to compare solutions and cost for best value and provide recommendations to project teams.
    • Interfaces with Project Managers and/or contractors, vendors, and maintenance to ensure installation and completion of capital projects.
    • Reviews, marks up, and approves drawings and other technical documentation for process systems.
    • Develops Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) planning and executes successful FAT.
    • Provides field installation supervision, leads commissioning, and field troubleshooting during startup phase.
    • Identifies and resolves technical problems.
    • Communicates project status throughout the organization.
    • Develops and executes IQ, OQ, PQ with project team during installation, commissioning, qualification, and verification project phases.
    • Adds value by influencing through innovation and continuous improvement.
    • Identifies, develops, and implements process improvement projects to increase productivity, reliability, sustainability, and cost reduction.
    • Supports a High-Performance Organization (HPO) environment by utilizing a total team approach to process improvements.

Requirements:

  • BS or MS in biochemical, chemical engineering, or equivalent
  • 7-12 years’ experience in commercial fermentation. Ideal background in food, pharmaceutical or special chemicals.
  • Experience in fermentation facility aseptic design.
  • Understanding and experience with Clean-in-Place (CIP) systems design and operation.
  • Knowledge and experience with Sterilize-in-Place (SIP) design and operation for aseptic systems.
  • Construction oversight and commissioning experience.
  • Experience with mass balance process flows and calculations, biological and engineering systems modeling, biological systems optimization, automation engineering, engineering research, and/or sustainability engineering is desired.
  • Must be open to 20% - 25% travel.

Nice-to-Have (but not required):

  • Understanding of PLC programming and process control fundamentals.
  • Experience with AutoCAD or Visio
  • Lean Six Sigma Certified (Green Belt)
  • Statistical Process Control

Compensation: $90k-$120k

Benefits:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • AD&D, Short-Term & Long-Term Disability Coverage
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401k Contributions & Company Match

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Meati is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.