Food Production Research Engineer
$50k - $110k •
Rebellyous Foods is a food manufacturing technology and production company defined solely to catapult meat alternative production toward price parity with animal-based meat. Rebellyous implements novel food manufacturing equipment and processes in large-scale production to produce low-cost plant-based meat at high volumes. These goals are achieved through uniquely designed food products, the use of high-throughput manufacturing automation and ‘smart’ production centers, and the development and utilization of new innovative low-energy manufacturing tools. Working closely with industry partners, Rebellyous makes plant-based meat sustainable, affordable, and widely available.
Rebellyous Foods (RF) is an early-stage, plant-based food start-up. As a food production and manufacturing technology company, we are working to substantially increase the volume and lower the price of specific, high-quality plant-based meat products to effectively serve the foodservice market to replace animal-based meat on a large scale. We achieve this through the design, development, and implementation of new production equipment, methods and systems for enhanced plant-based meat production.
Rebellyous Foods is seeking a conscientious, flexible, and detail-oriented Food Production Research Engineer to support design, prototyping, and building of new equipment for the production of plant-based meat. We are seeking team members who enjoy making a difference, being a part of a high-performing team, and who take pride in working in a fast-paced, constantly changing startup environment and thrives working in an intensive manufacturing work environment. We are seeking mission-focused and dedicated individuals to work collaboratively with several departments and to strategically grow the company.
Flexibility, hard work, and keen follow through are critical for success for employees in a startup environment. Frequent after hours and weekend work is required. Working at Rebellyous is an extraordinary opportunity to get in on the ground level with a fast growing, mission-focused start-up and to help build the company.
Design, prototype, test and build new prototype equipment in collaboration with the Production Ops and Product Development departments.
Lead design and development of new processing line equipment.
Coordinate R&D efforts in collaboration with Rebellyous Foods’s production team.
Define and design pilot and production scale facilities based on new equipment, processes, and products.
Develop and maintain a comprehensive facility budget for R&D efforts.
Extensively explore, test, uncover, and propose new manufacturing methods for current and future production lines.
Establish food safety protocols for new production opportunities in accordance with FSMA, National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) and state food and agricultural agencies. Design for advanced preventative controls for new production methods, equipment, and facilities. Evaluate new technologies for facility operation and management for implementation into future plants.
Develop facility replication plans to support expansion.
Coordinate R&D manufacturing and facilities’ efforts in collaboration with RFs operations and product development teams. Support engineering efforts overall including assistance with fundraising, media inquiries, vendor relations and partnerships. Lead R&D efforts including appropriate employees when necessary. Maintain product, facilities, and R&D engineering needs assessments and research plans/data. Design experiments (DOE) to determine optimal production processes, equipment and recipes. Simultaneously support multiple experimental food production projects. Propose & research new food production projects/equipment in response to bottlenecks in production line engineering and facilities needs.
Evaluate new and novel technologies for the facility design, operation, and establishment. Support multiple experimental food facility projects and focused R&D. Actively evaluate projects and work functions for wasted time, effort, resources, products, and the like, and propose waste reduction opportunities for review. Implement waste reduction efforts and track effectiveness. Regularly review facility designs and operation for waste reduction opportunities. Support and grow company safety initiatives.
Qualifications: Candidates should have the following credentials: Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, equipment engineering, manufacturing engineering, food engineering or similar degree is required. Graduate degrees are highly preferred, but not required. One to four years working in the food industry, preferably in direct food manufacturing or equipment engineering. Experience managing short and long-term engineering projects and coordinating with internal employees and external suppliers, vendors, and consultants. Direct experience designing equipment and automation systems necessary, preferably in the food industry. Experience designing equipment and automation systems and/or ‘smart’ buildings and facilities preferably in the food industry. Willing to travel around 50% of the time to support R&D projects, if necessary. Willing to apply creative solutions to solve workflow bottlenecks; seeking a focused, fast problem solver. Enjoys working with and managing people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Exemplary leadership skills (no exceptions). Compassionate people-management skills at all levels. Commitment to design for safety and supporting company safety initiatives. Strong attention to detail and a commitment to excellence. Experience in a start-up environment is highly desirable. Mission focused. Our company works to end factory farming. Excellent communication skills – written and verbal. Flexible and willing to take on any tasks to support team efforts. Good research skills and highly organized. Must operate with a sense of urgency and attention to detail. Capable of making decisions independently and exercising excellent judgment. Handles confidential information with discretion. Strong work ethic, integrity and personal accountability. Proficiency in G-Suite applications as well as MS Word and Excel. Ability to obtain a WA state food worker card. Must have a valid WA State driver’s license.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: All positions regularly require long hours and can require weekend or after-hours work. Highly Desirable Characteristics Interest in the plant-based meat industry Experience in the food industry
Physical Demands: Ability to stand for long periods of time, stoop, kneel, and reach regularly. Ability to lift, push, pull up to 35 pounds.
Location: Greater Seattle area. This position is located at our facility in West Seattle, WA.
Salary: Competitive. Commensurate with position and experience.
How to apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your skill set, experience, and interest in working at Rebellyous to [email protected].
Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy: At Rebellyous Foods, we aim to attract the most qualified and creative problem-solvers to the mission of providing sustainable, affordable meat alternatives. In achieving that goal, RF does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our operations. Women, minorities, people of color, and those with non-traditional educational and experiential backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Further, we are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. Discrimination or harassment in any form or based on any of the above factors is prohibited, as is retaliation against a person who has made a complaint or given information regarding possible violations of our policy.