At Beyond Meat, we started with simple questions. Why do you need an animal to create meat? Why can’t you build meat directly from plants? It turns out you can. So we did. We make plant-based meats that allow families to eat more, not less, of the traditional dishes they lovewhile feeling great about the health, sustainability, and animal welfare benefits of plant protein. Our goal is to bring exciting change to the plate—and Beyond.


OVERVIEW


This a full-time position, reporting to the Director of Process Engineering located at our corporate facility in El Segundo, CA. The Process Technician has the primary role toensure the testing and developmentof the Process Engineering team is successful. This person will ensure preparation and correct set-up or materials and equipment for all the repetitions/variables for testing, whether at Beyond Meat’s pilot plant or factory, at equipment manufacturers’ facilities, or at a co-manufacturer facility. The Process Technician will become the expert in the PE team in machine operation and main maintenance requirements. This role, along with the PE team member will also interface with operationsstaff at Beyond Meat or co-manufacturing production facilities.



RESPONSIBILITIES


  • Prepare raw materials for process testing.
  • Assemble, run, disassemble and sanitize most equipment used in testing of Beyond Meat products.
  • Assist with shipping and receiving of incoming raw materials and outgoing finished products.
  • Assist with process engineers testing which may include operating equipment, taking data, pre-weighing, batching, etc.
  • Assist process engineers with communication and guidance of installation contractors in the installation of new/rented Beyond Meat equipment.
  • Calibrate equipment and meters.
  • Serve as backup to production floor if necessary.
  • Work with Process Engineering team on proactively improving Process Improvement program.
  • Write-up standard operating procedures (SOPs), safety SOPs and Preventive Maintenance SOPs for new machinery acquired by Beyond Meat.



QUALIFICATIONS


Education: High School and certification training in welding, electrical, electronics, HVAC, mechanical or other technical fields. OSHA compliant safety training a plus.


Experience: 10+ years experience as aprocess technician at product development lab, pilot plant, or commercial capacity plant in a food and/or beverage manufacturing environment.



SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE


  • 5+ years of extruder operation, experimentation, mounting, dismounting and sanitation experience. Various configurations (single screw, twin screw, preconditioning) and brands (Wenger, Baker Perkins, Coperion, Bonnot, etc.).
  • Experience operating and sanitizing pumping equipment, centrifugal pumps, progressive cavity, vacuum stuffers, particle size reduction equipment for frozen/thawed material, e.g., meat grinders, pre-breakers, extractors, emulsifiers, etc.
  • Experience operating mixing equipment for liquids (e.g., lighten mixers,), powders (e.g., ribbon blenders, V-blenders), and thick paste-like materials (e.g., single or dual horizontal paddle/ribbon mixers).
  • Ability to operate loss-in-weight equipment, continuous or batch as well as VFD controlled equipment
  • Experience in setting-up equipment safety operating procedures, including documentation as well, as physical set-up and operation.
  • Mechanical and electrical aptitude to learn to mount and dismount equipment with ease.
  • Hands on mechanical and equipment operation experience
  • Strong mathematical skills with excellent problem solving and equipment troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to multi-task with strong attention to detail.


Physical Demands: Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. with or without reasonable accommodations.