Process Engineer - Research & Development

Ocean Spray Location: Corporate
Requisition #: C13-2762
Employment Duration: Full time
Last Updated: 11/13/14 11:12 AM

Company Overview

Ocean Spray is a vibrant agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry and grapefruit growers in the United States, Canada and Chile who have helped preserve the family farming way of life for generations. Formed in 1930, Ocean Spray is now the world’s leading producer of cranberry juices, juice drinks and dried cranberries and is the best-selling brand in the bottled juice category. The cooperative’s cranberries are currently featured in more than a thousand great-tasting, good-for-you products in over 50 countries worldwide. With more than 2,000 employees and nearly 20 cranberry receiving and processing facilities, Ocean Spray is committed to managing our business in a way that respects our communities, employees and the environment.



Ocean Spray has a Process Engineering opening in Research & Development. This position will be based in Lakeville, MA. 

What is most important to you in your career? Are you looking to add value every day and work with a team of exceptional, innovative, passionate team members? If so, Ocean Spray is right for you. We encourage taking risk and offer an environment where you can succeed with hard work and determination.

The Research and Development Process Engineer team plans, organizes and executes product innovations to support growth for Ocean Spray Cranberries. The Process Engineer provides dynamic technical leadership to innovations from inception through to launch and supports other initiatives, operations and related activities.  Engineers work with functional business and operations partners to develop and test processes for new beverage and food products.  The role is also responsible for identifying and implementing process improvements for existing products.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Develop and Commission Pilot and Manufacturing Scale Processes  

  • Design, develop, and commercialize processes for new products and product optimizations.  
  • Conduct hands on bench and pilot scale tests
  • Design processes to ensure products are reproducible and  robust enough to meet consumer expectations, quality and cost requirements, and supply of raw materials, with consideration to the impact on plant operations
  • Travel as needed (30%) to conduct product/process commissioning and to provide manufacturing support for existing processes. 

Provide Technical Leadership

  • Serve as technical leader on cross functional project teams
  • Effectively manage technical timelines and multiple projects with competing deadlines
  • Align with Operations to develop best practices and standards that are consistent across the manufacturing facilities.
  • Demonstrate creativity, foresight, and mature judgment in anticipating and solving problems that arise from processing food and/or beverage products
  • Remain abreast of new processing technology and present concepts for application

Minimum Knowledge, Skill, and Ability Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Chemical Engineering.
  • Creative thinker with a passion for Innovation and Continuous Improvement 
  • Highly organized, self-starter able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, adapt well to change and able to prioritize multiple projects.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and ability to work with various levels of an organization.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Advanced PC skills: Windows, Excel, PowerPoint. Experience with Microsoft Project or similar software desired.
  • Strong statistics/DOE background highly preferred




Compensation and benefits are high on everyone's priority list, so it’s high on our list too. That’s why Ocean Spray provides competitive salaries and a wide variety of benefits - including programs that protect your health and welfare, help you prepare for retirement and truly enable you to balance your work and family life.

Ocean Spray is an Equal Opportunity Employer/AAP/M/F/V/D.

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