Process Engineer

C. Production & EngineeringFull TimeToronto, ON

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About us:

At New School Foods, our mission is centered around accelerating the transition to a kinder, healthier, alt-protein-first food system. Using plant-based ingredients & our proprietary production technologies, we create zero-compromise seafood alternatives designed for the average consumer. Our healthy, whole-muscle, plant-based filets are made to look, cook, taste and flake just like fish. All with a lower carbon footprint, and without harming the ocean.

About the role:

We are a fast-growing, mission-driven team. Our Production & Engineering team is looking for a creative thinker who loves to solve problems and is well versed in production scale-up food processing. This role is instrumental to the development of our unique plant-based fish manufacturing process and will help transition our production from lab scale to commercial scale.

As a Process Engineer, you will:

Short term (Sept. 2022 - Dec. 2022)

  • Procure equipment (sourcing, specification, and validation)
    • Resolve lab scale bottleneck issues

Medium term (Jan. 2023 - Aug. 2023)

    • Coordinate with contractors and consultants during facility built-out phase
    • Commission equipment as it arrives onsite
    • Oversee the production line startup

Long term (Sept. 2023 onwards)

    • Monitor the ongoing operations of production
    • Identify inefficiencies to optimize and improve the production process
    • Procure and commission new equipment
    • Scale up production capacity
    • Design the production line for new products
  • Ongoing
    • Support mechanical design work
    • Construct small scale prototypes
    • Test prototypes in a lab setting

You will bring:

  • Bachelor Degree (or higher) in Food, Process, Chemical, Industrial, Manufacturing, or Mechanical Engineering (or similar)
  • Understanding of food processing
  • Practical experience working in a manufacturing facility (preference towards food production) and assisting with production scale-up
  • Hands-on experience working with industrial equipment for manufacturing (including procurement, commissioning, operation, and ongoing maintenance)
  • Knowledgeable in general food safety practices (i.e. BRC, GMP, HACCP, SQF)
  • Strong knowledge of manufacturing/fabrication techniques
  • Hands-on practical experience building prototypes
  • Ability to properly and safely use 3D printers, laser cutters, lathes, CNC mills, and other equipment commonly found in a machine shop
  • Highly experienced working with 3D CAD software (e.g. SolidWorks, Inventor)
  • Excellent familiarity with geometric dimensioning and tolerancing

Important Note: Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and racialized people of every gender are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At New School Foods, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the person we’re looking for!