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Process Development Engineer - Manager

Company: Kiva Confections
Location: Oakland
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Kiva Confections (www.kivaconfections.com) is the premier cannabis-infused edibles company in California, the largest cannabis market in the world. Kiva's line includes Kiva Chocolate Bars, Terra Bites, Petra Mints, and Camino Gummies. Our products are crafted from premium ingredients and skillfully combined with California cannabis. Since our beginning in 2010, our goal is to create confections that redefine what a cannabis confection ought to be. By applying art and science to ensure a deliciously consistent experience every time, we continue to deliver on that mission today.

We have aggressive growth plans as the legal market, and consumer adoption continues to expand. Key growth initiatives include bold platform innovation, best in class marketing, geographic expansion, strategic partnerships, and more. We are resourced for this explosive growth and looking for great people to help take us to the next level.

Job Summary

The R&D Process Development Engineer will fill a critical role in partnering with R&D formulators and production managers by developing process parameters for multiple product platforms; through the various stages of formulation development and, ensuring that the new product is ready and compliant for manufacturing and packaging, meets quality standards; with an outlook to de-risk commercialization and launch delays.

This individual will be the Technical Manager for all things Process and is responsible for coordinating all efforts in alignment with Formulators for successful development of manufacturing processes, scale up and technical transfer of various ingredients, process and product technologies; serve as a subject matter expert to support product/process improvements, and build on continuous improvement of existing manufacturing efficiencies, across Kiva's product portfolio which includes chocolates, confections, beverages and solid dosage.

As Kiva's Process Development Engineer, you'll...

  • Delivers and oversees all R&D to scale-up activities for process development, process improvement and tech transfer to scale up of manufacturing processes from R&D (lab scale) into pilot batch (R&D batches) and full manufacturing scale (commercial)
  • Co-development partner to formulators and production managers on all the Product Tech Transfer (Laboratory-to-Production Floor) for both the Confection and Solid Dosage platform
  • Determine requirements for stability and engineering studies for product/process development
  • Advises on Capital needs for Confection and Solid Dosage platform development and improvement projects
  • Focuses on process efficiencies and metrics as OEE and/or assessing equipment/process to foresee limitations on future formulas
  • Recommends requirements with a critical eye for future site designs and process line expansion within the solid dosage and confection platform
  • Detailed attention to process development, optimization, monitoring, testing measurements and present technical reports and presentations
  • Conduct scientific investigations, experimental design to effectively troubleshoot formulation, process and commercial manufacturing issues.
  • Conducts root cause analysis to establish preventive and corrective action
  • Communicate and collaborate clearly/extensively with other departments to assure the established project timelines and deliverables are progressing per agreement to achieve project goals
  • Developing and communicating process designs through the use of process flow diagrams, and identifying equipment and vendors to meet product and process requirements
  • Recommend systems to improve manufacturing efficiency and automation to increase production capacity
  • Engineering solutions to production problems and innovating enhancements to safe and efficient material handling and manufacturing processes
  • Facilitating and contributing to creating future co-manufacturing and co-packing strategies to meet evolving market needs

What we're looking for...

  • BS in an Engineering discipline and 5+ years of experience in dietary supplement/nutraceutical or consumer goods/ food and/or beverage process manufacturing in a GMP environment
  • 5 years of combined R&D - Process Development experience (Product & Packaging) in nutraceuticals or food/dietary supplement/ pharma/ consumer packaged goods
  • Knowledge about USDA, and FDA food processing as well as HAACP, OSHA, SQF and other food production standards
  • Scaling processes from lab, pilot to full-scale production
  • Leading projects from concept through validation: equipment specification, installation, commissioning, qualification, and verification
  • Prefer process engineering background in confectionery (chocolate and candy -chews, gummies), solid dosage formats ( tablets, capsules, coating) and beverage (RTD) formulations
  • Knowledge of equipment and scaling processes from benchtop to pilot scale and full scale production equipment in a GMP facility is desirable
  • Skilled at collecting, assessing and presenting experimental data and results
  • Experience in Cannabis industry desired
  • Strong analytical, communication, collaboration, problem-solving, and project execution skills

Kiva Confections provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


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