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Senior Process Development Engineer, Breakthrough Innovation


Buffalo, NY, US, 14213

Req ID:  23988
Segment:  Engineering

Headquartered in the United States, Rich's is a family owned, global food company dedicated to inspiring possibilities. From cakes and icings to pizza, appetizers and specialty toppings, our products are used in kitchens at home and in bakeries around the world. Beyond great food, we provide our customers insights that help them stay competitive, no matter their size. Rich's portfolio includes creative solutions geared toward helping food industry professionals compete in three marketplaces: foodservice, retail, and in-store bakery and deli. The company's history spans more than 70 years, and with more than 2,000 food products across multiple categories and annual sales now exceeding $3.7 billion, we have experienced record growth over the past decade. Meanwhile, our culture of family values is a rarity in today's corporate environment, regardless of the industry.


Some of the benefits we offer include an on-site, 24/7 fitness center (complete with a personal trainer), on-site day care, flexible summer and holiday hours, and endless opportunities to learn, contribute, and advance your career.


Are you an experienced Process Development Engineer in the food industry that has a passion for innovation? Do you thrive when challenged to come up a process that incorporates new and existing technologies? If you answered yes, then this may be the opportunity you are looking for!

We are looking for someone experienced in the food manufacturing industry that has done a combination of new process design  and project work primarily focused on innovations.This role will work cross functionally to assess process needs, determine capabilities of exisitng technologies as well as determine new technologies necessary to manufacture our new product innovations. The ideal candidate must have experience developing the a pilot process and building out the case for the investment in the project. The projects can range from a new piece of equipment to a new line installation.


  • Process Development Engineering Leadership and support for all new product and maintenance projects.
  • Identify and implement innovative, practical application and modification of existing technologies to achieve business goals of commercializing new products or improving existing products.
  • Execute projects to create scalable food processes from benchtop to full scale. Leverage equipment suppliers and others to create process schemes that fit the needs of new products.
  • Initiate test plan development, experimental setup, test execution and data analysis to quantify key process  machine parameters and fundamental mechanisms at both pilot and factory scale.
  • Deliver scalable process specifications collaboratively developed with Product Development and Design Engineering to achieve exceptional product attribute targets and ensure superior product quality and food safety.
  • Identify and evaluate innovative processing options based on product attribute requirements including evaluation based on technical and economic feasibility.
  • Provide technical support to product development and Operations on new or existing processes.
  • Lead translation of technology ideas into visual, physical models and working prototypes.
  • Delivery of IP for technical insulation of new technology.
  • Work as part of the process engineering team to assist in the management of scale-up risk and introduction of technology into supply chain.
  • Minor project and budget responsibilities are required with potential contractor and technician management responsibility.


  • B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
  • Minimum of 8-10 years of process development experience
  • Experienced with a broad variety of food unit operations and processes.
  • Significant experience in food plants.
  • Strong engineering fundamentals and familiarity with experimental design and statistical data analysis.
  • Demonstrated success working in a pilot lab, developing new processes and commercializing – process validation and qualification.
  • Engaged with a wide range of equipment vendors
  • Self-starter with assertive project ownership qualities.
  • Demonstrated abilities to be creative and innovative.
  • Working knowledge of process development and industry best practices, packaging science, consumer needs/trends, and potential relevant technologies.
  • Demonstrated process development and project management abilities.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, experimental design software, and CAD systems (e.g. Solidworks, AutoCAD).
  • Able to travel up to 30% of the time.


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 if you need assistance completing this application or to otherwise participate in the application process.


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.


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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