Senior Process Engineer (Chocolate Production)

Permanent employee, Full-time · München

Your mission

At Planet A Foods, we want to revolutionize the food industry to protect the planet we love. We believe that creating better food ingredients, done by perfecting centuries-old fermentation technology, leads to healthier alternatives for us all and can save up to 500 Mt of CO2 per year.

Our first product? Yummy chocolate! We created the world’s first 100% cocoa-free chocolate called Nocoa. Our Nocoa tastes amazing with a solid snap and smooth melt as well as roasty notes and a subtle sweetness. In addition it is completely natural, gluten-free, vegan and made with only seven ingredients. Nocoa doesn’t only deliver on taste and naturalness. It is also kind to the planet with a breathtaking low carbon and water footprint, plus a complete mitigation of deforestation and child slavery!

On our journey to protect our Planet A, we are looking for a Senior Process Engineer (Food/Chocolate). This position is at the interface between R&D and production, and is responsible for the transfer and implementation of existing processes and products of Planet A Foods, but also the design, implementation and support of new processes and products, as well as the implementation of new technologies. Process improvement may include equipment specification, process design, and product development/improvement. Usage and implementation of continuous improvement principles, such as 5S, 8S and lean principles to focus on improving the outcomes of various processes. A process could be an actual industrial process (machines & products) or an information process.  The Senior Process Engineer makes recommendations to improve the overall performance of the plant, production processes etc., either by increasing efficiency, or reducing cost and waste, or increasing employee and customer satisfaction.

Your tasks at Planet A Foods:


  • Analyze process requirements and evaluates equipment and systems to ensure deliverables meet or exceed process specifications and manufacturing requirements. 

  • Evaluate and recommend new process technologies that optimize performance, are cost-effective, and will improve product quality, manufacturing techniques and safety. 

  • Analyze trends to characterize scale-up and performance/functionality of processes and to improve product/process quality, consistency, productivity, efficiency, and risk levels. 

  • Make observations and take measurements directly, as well as collect and interpret data from the other technical and operating staff involved.

  • Review existing data and reports to see if more research and information need to be collated, and assess the adequacy of the existing processes and equipment. Measure and systematize processes, reduce variations, defects, cycle time etc.

  • Work with engineering project leaders and maintenance manager to define Capex and work on new equipment start-up.

  • Analysis of existing products and new products to define how eventually the recipes could be optimized for the plant efficiency. Participate in products specification reviews  

  • Work closely with other specialists, such as R&D, and QA (including personnel responsible for the quality control of raw materials, intermediates, and finished products) on trials 

  • Interact in some cases with customers’ QA and or R&D to balance customers' requirements vs. BC equipment feasibility

  • Lead and manage the continuous improvement program. Apply principles and tools of continuous improvement when possible. 

  • Develop and measure standard metrics, diagramming the flow (including inputs and outputs) of our business process, identifying opportunities for improvement, develop a project plan for implementing improvements and monitoring the new process to ensure it provides desired results. Prepare relevant reports, flow diagrams, statistics and charts.

Your profile
  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or Diploma in Engineering (Food Science, Food Technology, Industrial Engineering, or an equivalent field)  

  • 5+ years experience in the field of similar function/position in a food manufacturing environment, preferably in a chocolate production environment

  • Being Bilingual (German/English) is an asset

  • Requires occasional traveling, e.g. to our plant in Pilsen, Czech Republic

  • Professional training or experience in project management and continuous improvement

  • Proven ability to work independently and within time constraints

  • Successful problem-solver and confident in handling multifaceted aspects of a project

  • Effective analytical and problem-solving skills – critical thinking

  • Ability to lead a multidisciplinary group

  • Knowledge of the transfer process

  • Ability to develop an understanding of Planet A Foods’ factory production capabilities

How we hire at Planet A Foods

Planet A Foods is committed to pursuing our values throughout our business. 

In the realm of recruitment and hiring, this means that we are not only an Equal Opportunity Employer, but also proactive in embedding fairness and equity into an inclusive recruitment and hiring process:

 

  • We value the knowledge, expertise, and skills that individuals bring based on their identities, life experiences, and backgrounds. We want people to bring their full selves to work and as a global company, we want to reflect the world. Our success relies on talented individuals who share our passion bringing innovation and insights that stem from their different perspectives to help us work as one team to accomplish ambitious global strategy goals. 

  • Our recruitment is inclusive. We recruit top talent that reflect the diversity of the world and global marketplace we inhabit. We conduct deliberate and purposeful recruitment that brings applicants to Planet A Foods that represent a broad range of identities, life experiences, backgrounds, and skill sets.

  • Our hiring process is transparent and consistent. We have high standards for ensuring a clear process is used consistently with every candidate. There are no side doors for bringing in people. We adhere to a hiring protocol that includes and recognizes differences rather than rule them out.

  • We recognize that one of the dynamics of meaningful inclusion is seeing that all people can succeed in our workplace. We know representation matters and that our values are not something we simply talk about, it’s something we work toward. It’s something we do. Our values must show up in who works on the Planet A Foods team, at every level. 

Our values: 

Fellowship

We share a great vision that can only be achieved as a team. We prefer enabling others to succeed instead of petting our egos.

On Discovery

We keep our eyes, hearts, and minds open, curious to explore, improve and create new realities beyond the ordinary.

Creating impact

We aim at building a better world. Science is at our hearts, and full of passion we progress on our journey.

Just do it

We rather take a lousy first step than standing still or losing ourselves in discussions. Smart words are worth nothing if they are not accompanied by smart actions.

 

Why us?

Our hierarchy is flat and communication direct, which means that we operate and learn fast, as a team. You can expect the following:

 

  • Competitive salary within the industry (incl. stock options)

  • Flexible working hours as we believe in ownership and trust

  • Learning & Development Program for all our team members

  • Regular team events

  • Free drinks & snacks

  • Remote work is possible, your “normal” place to work is our office/ lab (we believe in building a strong culture needs a place where we physically meet and interact) 

We are an equal-opportunity employer and value diversity. We consider all applications equally regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or gender identity. We strongly encourage individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in tech to apply.

About us
It’s an audacious, incredibly rewarding mission that we are dedicated to achieving. Planet A Foods is built around the idea that everyone should be able to enjoy just, circular and waste-free food. To that end, we create a family of foods by upcycling clean (local/cruelty-free) ingredients with state-of-the-art biotechnology and flavor science.

Exciting challenges lie ahead — Join us on our mission!
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