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Senior Cheese Process Engineer

Denver, CO USA
Requisition ID:  26793
No of Openings:  1
Posted Date:  Feb 6, 2023
Job Function:  Technical Services

Within our corporate headquarters in Denver – Leprino is seeking a Senior Cheese Engineer on our Cheese Operations Support team to continue moving our organization to even larger levels of innovation, technological advancement, process improvement, and production efficiencies. We take pride in our vision to be "world's best", it's why we work harder, invest more, and continually innovate.


At Leprino Foods, starting compensation for this role typically ranges between $110,000 and $135,000. This position has an annual target bonus of 12%. (We are also open to either a Principal or Principal II-level engineer based on individual candidate experience).

  • Leprino Foods is seeking a new Senior Cheese Engineer on our Operations Support team. This team is responsible for assisting the operations environment in situations where there is a need to troubleshoot cheese processing equipment as it relates to production efficiencies, out of specification products, continuous/process improvement, and any other tasks that keep our mozzarella manufacturing running at a high level.
  • The Senior Engineer develops and implements processes, procedures, and methodology to improve efficiencies and quality of produced mozzarella.
  • Expected to be the scientific authority for cheese production/processes and system development.
  • Partner with plant and engineering teams to ensure that quality products are being produced in the most cost-effective manner possible.
  • Providing technical support when growth, modernization and expansion occurs within cheese production departments.
  • Participate in and implement the innovation strategic plan in alignment with the company’s strategy and goals.
  • Act as the scientific authority for cheese production and processes.
  • Stay abreast of key development efforts in academia, regulatory, and industry, focusing on innovative technology and issues that may impact production processes and product functionality.
  • Maintain close contact with developments in the field, obtaining information from a variety of published and unpublished sources.
  • Champion cost containment and operational efficiencies while placing a high value on product quality and consistency.
  • Improve quality, productivity, and speed of commercialization success.


You Have At Least (Required Qualifications):

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Food/Dairy Science, or a similar scientific subject area.
  • Experience with piping layouts, tank/storage handling, and fluid diversion, mixing of fluid medias specific to cheese-make/dairy or CIP processes.
  • Knowledge of equipment and process knowledge surrounding pasteurization, fermentation, mixing/extrusion, power handling, refrigeration, brining, IQF, or packaging equipment.
  • Experience in food, beverage, or pharmaceutical industries either as a manufacturing systems vendor (GEA, TetraPak, etc.) or directly with a manufacturer.
  • Can meet the annual average travel requirement of 35 – 40%.
  • The ability to work a weekly 3/2 (office/home) hybrid schedule.


We Hope You Also Have (Preferred Qualifications):

  • Authority on the cheese-make process including proficiency on third party food manufacturing/processing equipment.
  • Experience in pasta filata/stretched-curd cheese processing.
  • Previous experience as a dairy process engineer.


Leprino Foods embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.


Offering You In Return:

A chance to be part of a global team of individuals passionate about producing and delivering high-quality products that help feed and nourish families around the world. Leprino Foods could not be where it is today without our incredible employees. That is why we share in our success together by rewarding you for your hard work. Hiring great people who are in it for the long run is our goal. Through competitive salaries and bonuses, life, medical/dental/vision coverage, voluntary benefits, employee assistance programs, wellness incentives, tuition assistance, vacation, ten paid holidays, sick time, paid parental leave, annual merit increases, as well as the LFC Profit-Sharing & 401(k) plan. Your impact will be noticed and rewarded, as you seek to further our company, our customers, and one another.


Our Story:

Leprino Foods’ history dates back over 70 years, when Jim Leprino first started making small batches of mozzarella for local markets and eateries in the Little Italy neighborhood of Denver. We’ve grown a bit since then. Today, Leprino Foods is the world’s largest manufacturer of mozzarella and lactose, and a leading producer of whey protein. Still owned by Jim and the Leprino family, our sights are set to be the “World’s Best Dairy Food and Ingredient Company.” To help us achieve that bold vision, we’re looking for our secret ingredient: You. A motivated team member who is the best at what you do. Three passionate individuals in a small corner grocery store in the early 1950s have now grown to almost 5,000 employees throughout 16 global locations. Will you join us on our journey?

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Leprino Foods Company supports a drug-free workplace and is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

Nearest Major Market: Denver