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Iowa State University Food Manufacturing Expert in Ames, Iowa

Position Information:

Position Title:Food Manufacturing Expert

Job Group:Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor's degree and 5 years of related experience; OR a Master's degree and 3 years of related experience; OR a Ph.D. or other professional degree and related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:Bachelors' degree in related fields (engineering or technology) and ten years of related experience OR a Masters' degree in a related field and five years of related experience OR a PhD in a related field with five years of related experience., Experience assessing, developing, and implementing change within food manufacturing business., Experience developing and presenting curriculum., Experience leading, influencing and motivating diverse groups to meet objectives.

Job Description:

The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), at Iowa State University, is seeking qualified candidates for a Food Manufacturing Project Manager. The Project Manager will be responsible for advising, educating, and coaching small- to medium-sized food manufacturers throughout Iowa.

The Project Manager will serve as a statewide and national expert in their field. The Project Manager will provide state-wide services in a manufacturing-related field of their expertise. Specific expertise areas may include food processing, process control, management of food processing facilities, food safety systems, and/or other aspects of leading a food manufacturing business.

The successful candidate will possess demonstrated excellence in the manufacturing industry. Critical skills include project management; excellent verbal and written communication skills; interpersonal skills to develop trust with university administration, faculty, staff, clients and collaborators; exceptional critical thinking, analytic and problem-solving skills; advanced knowledge and skill to use a computer system and various business software tools; ability to deal with ambiguity; and strong time management skills. All staff members are expected to interact collegially and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

A portion of this position is spent in a variety of businesses, on the production floor, in hazardous areas that require eye and hearing protection, often require physical protection (safety shoes, hard hats, etc.). The Specialist may be exposed to common industrial health hazards for varying periods of time, such as: chemical fumes, loud noise levels, dust, smoke, arc welding and laser light, moving machinery, and moving vehicles. A great deal of experience is often needed to closely interact with a manufacturing process and not be at risk. Conditions encountered may include temperatures in the 0F-120F range, noise levels in excess of 90 dBA, and the need to climb ladders. Extended driving, often under poor or dangerous conditions. Possible exposure to electronic equipment dangers (EMF).

The University is in the process of implementing a new classification and compensation structure. The impending change is expected to be completed by Fall 2020. Any P&S employee hired through this posting may be assigned a new title and associated pay grade upon the employment start date (and after the initial offer), commensurate with qualifications required for the position. The duties and responsibilities of the posted position, in addition to compensation offered, will not be affected by this process.

Appointment Type:Regular with Term Appointment (Fixed Term)

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:October 31, 2021

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Rate Type:Salary

Pay Grade:37

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date:September 1, 2020

Posting Close Time:

This posting will close at 12:00 AM CST on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 PM CST the day prior.

Posting Close Date:

Job Requisition Number:R3129

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485. Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485. TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942.

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All postings close at 12:01 AM CST on the date listed. That said, the posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 PM CST the day prior.