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Co-Op - R&D

Location: 

Buffalo, NY, US, 14213

Req ID:  25260
Segment:  Research & Development

Rich’s, also known as Rich Products Corporation, is a family-owned food company dedicated to inspiring possibilities. From cakes and icings to pizza, appetizers and specialty toppings, our products are used in homes, restaurants and bakeries around the world. Beyond great food, our customers also gain insights to help them stay competitive, no matter their size. Our portfolio includes creative solutions geared at helping food industry professionals compete in foodservice, retail, in-store bakery, deli, and prepared foods, among others. Working in 100 locations globally, with annual sales exceeding $3.8 billion, Rich’s is a global leader with a focus on everything that family makes possible. Rich’s®—Infinite Possibilities. One Family.

PURPOSE STATEMENT

Rich Products Corporation is known around the world as the founder of the non-dairy segment of the frozen food industry. We are one of the world's premier family-owned food companies with annual sales exceeding $3 Billion and more than 9,000 associates worldwide.  Our family of Rich Products associates cherish our unique culture where we work, learn and celebrate together.  Our newly renovated headquarters, located in Buffalo, NY, offers associates on-site day care, cafeteria and a fitness facility.  Our state-of-the-art R&D labs, technical equipment and pilot lab are open concept, modern and invite collaboration between groups.

 

Come and join a creative team of Food Science professionals dedicated to developing delicious new food products.  Rich’s currently has an excellent opportunity for a Product Development Co-Op in the Research and Development department at our world headquarters in Buffalo, NY. The main product categories of focus are Toppings, Creams & Culinary Solutions (TCCS). Examples of TCCS products include: cake icings, beverage toppings, egg-based emulsions, and whipped dairy blends.  The duration is 8 - 12 months starting in May 2020.

 

This opportunity is open to U.S. or Canadian citizens and is located in Buffalo, New York, near the Peace Bridge. Easily accessible from Buffalo and surrounding areas as well as Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, and St. Catharine’s in Canada.  If Canadian, Rich’s will work with a third party to procure working student visa. The work visa will allow the student the choice to live either in Buffalo or surrounding areas of Canada.  This opportunity does not include housing.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES/OUTCOMES

The student will participate in a variety of research and development projects related to emulsion science; assist in the pilot/wet lab with the development of food prototypes and/or processes while applying fundamental principles of scientific methodology.  The candidate will independently conduct routine analytical and performance evaluations of food as well as their own project(s).  They will maintain an electronic lab notebook and document laboratory testing conducted and record results/analysis. They will organize and prioritize tasks related to project work, summarize results in reports when required and assist in interpretation of data from experiments/analysis. Students will be encouraged to improvise in the application of procedures and methods during such experiments or analyses as appropriate.  Culinary experience and/or interest an asset.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/EXPERIENCE

Preference will be given to those that are pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Food Science/Biological Science OR related field.  Good grade point average required.

Excellent Microsoft office skills. Must be a US or Canadian citizen to qualify for this opportunity.  If Canadian, Rich’s will work with a third party to procure working student visa.

Has ability to work independently and with others.  Demonstrate effective time management. Demonstrate ability to collaborate with a high level of motivation and drive to successfully complete work assignments. 

Rich Products Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates (“Rich’s”), are committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local law. The information collected by this application is solely to determine suitability for employment, verify identity, and maintain employment statistics on applicants.

 

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on Rich’s. Please contact Rich’s Human Resources department at asc@rich.com if you need assistance completing this application or to otherwise participate in the application process.

BRINGING YOUR BEST SELF TO WORK.

As a family-owned company, caring for our associates—their whole selves—is a top priority. That’s why we provide benefits and tools to help our people balance the integration of work and life:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Health & financial benefits
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Family planning support
  • Flexible work policy
  • Associate affinity groups
  • Volunteering & community impact opportunities
  • Holiday gatherings
  • In-house taste tests (we are a food company after all)!

It’s all part of how we support our family of associates. Because in the company of family, all things are possible.

MEET RICH’S.

Rich’s, also known as Rich Products Corporation, is a family-owned food company dedicated to inspiring possibilities. From cakes and icings to pizza, appetizers and specialty toppings, our products are used in homes, restaurants and bakeries around the world. Beyond great food, our customers also gain insights to help them stay competitive, no matter their size. Our portfolio includes creative solutions geared at helping food industry professionals compete in foodservice, retail, in-store bakery, deli, and prepared foods, among others. Working in 100 locations globally, with annual sales exceeding $3.8 billion, Rich’s is a global leader with a focus on everything that family makes possible. Rich’s®—Infinite Possibilities. One Family.


Nearest Major Market: Buffalo

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