Work Location: LSU AgCenter FOODii, Baton Rouge, LA
Position Description: This position assists with the operation of the LSU AgCenter FOODii Plant Operations and ensures that tenant companies are competent in good manufacturing practices and equipment usage.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following: oversee and coordinate usage of incubator and pilot plant facilities by tenants and AgCenter faculty; design, implement and execute culinary safety and sanitation curriculum ;instruct tenants on how to properly and safely use the kitchen equipment; provide tenants, graduate students and undergraduate workers with guidance and assistance in processing techniques; provide guidance and compliance with safe food handling methods within incubator use policies and procedures including kitchen and pilot plant; provide one-on-one and group technical and problem solving assistance to program participants; develop and maintain key performance metrics to report monthly; develop and maintain food industry relationships and resources; provide specifications, bid procurement and supplier information; interface with University units regarding implementation of research and processing protocols for experiments, product development, processing studies and teaching exercises; Creating Cooking Classes, seminars and workshops and coordinating with the FOODii Director.
Scheduling calendar for rental and parking passes for Gourrier Lane Facility, Ingram Hall, ASFL kitchen and dairy. Collecting rental fees, working with student workers on invoicing. Researching equipment pricing for new FOODii warehouse renovation.
Other duties include: managing inventory of kitchen and cleaning supplies; adhering to all city, state and federal requirements for commercial kitchen facilitiesl; other duties as may occasionally be required for the success of FOODii.
Qualification Requirements: BS or MS degree in Food Sciences or related field. Three to five years’ experience in food processing, retail food business, and or food research. Willing to become HACCP Certified, Better Processing or other Food Safety Certification/Training. Knowledge of food processing, preservation and packaging.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSUSystem. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.
Date Available: Upon completion of the interview process.
Application Deadline: May 19, 2023 or until a suitable candidate is identified
Application Procedure: Must apply online at LSU AgCenter Careers (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter, resume, official university transcripts and a list of three references. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted. For more information, please contact:
Gaye Sandoz, Director, FOODii
212 Wilson Lab
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
LSU Agricultural Center
Web site: AgCenter website
The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer