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Internship – Food Safety & Quality Intern

Food Safety & Quality Internship (Summer 2021)- job post Michael Foods 208 reviews Chaska, MN Apply On Company Site Job Details Description OUR COMPANY: The Michael Foods family of businesses has grown to become amulti-billion manufacturer of foodservice and food...

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Internship – Olam Cocoa R & D Intern

Research and Development Summer Intern- job post Olam Cocoa Willowbrook, IL 60527 Apply Now Job details Job Type Full-time Internship Qualifications   US work authorization (Required) Full Job Description About Olam Olam is a leading agri-business operating in 66...

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Internship – PepsiCo R & D Internship

R&D Intern- job post PepsiCo 15,562 reviews - Riviera Beach, FL Apply On Company Site Job details Job Type Internship Full Job Description Auto req ID: 213036BR Job Description We are PepsiCo: PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader operating in more than 200...

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Internship – Ingredion Food Science Intern, Salem, OR

Food Science Intern (Summer 2021) - Salem, OR- job post Ingredion 355 reviews - Salem, OR Apply On Company Site The Food Science Intern will support internal projects related to processing fruit and vegetable ingredients for use in product segments such as beverage,...

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Internship – FSQA – Operations Intern, Dole Food Company

Intern - FSQA - Operations- job post Dole Food Company, Inc. 60 reviews - Soledad, CA Apply On Company Site Job details Job Type Internship Full Job Description GENERAL DESCRIPTION / PRIMARY PURPOSE Currently, there is no formal onboarding food safety and quality...

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Internship – Quality & Food Safety Intern, Barilla America

Quality & Food Safety Intern- job post Barilla Northbrook, IL 60062 Apply On Company Site Job details Job Type Internship Full Job Description Barilla is one of the leading Italian food groups, a leader in the markets for pasta worldwide, for ready-made sauces in...

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Internship – Perdue Farms Summer Intern – Safety

Summer Intern - Safety- job post Perdue Farms Concord, NC 28025 Apply On Company Site Job Type Temporary Internship Full Job Description Perdue Foods is part of Perdue Farms, a family-owned company heading into its second century of growth and innovation. With a goal...

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Internship – JBS USA Food Company Intern

JBS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (2021)- job post JBS USA Food Company Live Oak, FL Apply On Company Site Who is JBS? JBS is the world’s largest protein company. We process, prepare, package and deliver Beef, Pork and Poultry products in more than 105 countries and in 6...

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Internship – Clara Foods Food Science Intern

Food Science Intern- job post Clara Foods South San Francisco, CA 94080 Apply On Company Site Job details Job Type Full-time Internship Full Job Description We’re bringing an egg white to the table that is produced completely animal-free using fermentation technology,...

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Internship – Ocean Spray Sensory Analytics Intern

Sensory Analytics Intern- job post Ocean Spray 217 reviews Lakeville, MA Apply On Company Site Bachelor's degree Job details Job Type Full-time Internship Full Job Description Ocean Spray is committed to fostering an inclusive culture, where all individuals thrive as...

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Internship – Barilla Quality and Food Safety Intern

Quality & Food Safety Intern- job post Barilla Northbrook, IL Apply On Company Site Job Type Internship Full Job Description Barilla is one of the leading Italian food groups, a leader in the markets for pasta worldwide, for ready-made sauces in Europe, and for...

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OPUS Areas Of Expertise

Check out the some of the common types of positions that we handle. Please note that this list only represents a fraction of the positions we have filled and not the full scope of our services. Click anywhere on drop down text to read more.


Executive Positions:







As CEO, candidate must ensure that the Company has proper operations, controls, administrative and reporting procedures in place to effectively grow the business while ensuring operating efficiency. The overriding Company strategy will be to complement new business development activities via: new product development, business, and customer group (market share) acquisitions and the creation of strategic business alliances. Accordingly, the organization will be looking for someone with a "big picture" view, with an operational background, but who is accustomed to “rolling up their sleeves” to capitalize on opportunities and effectively manage growth. The ideal candidate is entrepreneurial yet knows the critical importance of financial and operational disciplines and controls. Previous experience in food products manufacturing or distribution is necessary.









VP Of Engineering




The VP of Engineering provides the vision and direction for the future of an organizations engineering processes and technologies, ensuring the organization maintains / advances their competitive advantages in key categories.  Critical to the role is developing and managing the overall capital spend budget, overseeing cost reduction efforts to hit annual and long-term targets, ensuring manufacturing best practices such as CQV are in place, ensuring plants deliver on product, process, packaging and cost parameters as defined







VP of Research & Development/Chief Technical Officer



The VP of R&D/CTO leads a diverse, cross-functional R&D team of professionals across the following disciplines: Culinary, Product Development, Process Technology, Packaging Development and Nutrition and Regulatory Functions. This position normally reports directly to the CEO and likely partners with the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) as well as other executives. This position develops and implements strategies to deliver short and long-term innovation portfolio, as well as maintaining product preference for all categories. The R&D function usually supports entry into new markets by developing the product portfolio as well as the manufacturing process.



VP Of Manufacturing




This position will be responsible for all activities at all plants. The position will normally have direct reporting responsibility for both plant managers, engineering/continuous improvement. The position would also have direct responsibility for the contract manufacturing team. The candidate will normally work closely with the VP of Operations so expectations and go forward activities are fully aligned across the plants. The position will have full alignment with QA, procurement and R&D on all business activities as well as goals and objectives.







VP of Quality Assurance & Food Safety





The VP of QA and Food Safety oversees the Quality Assurance staff,  as well as the Food Safety & Regulatory staff, which is responsible for regulatory compliance, kosher, organic, halal, etc. certifications, and compliance with various customer quality programs.

The candidate will act as the subject matter expert on behalf of the organization for quality, food safety and regulatory compliance issues.










VP of Technical Services






The VP Technical Services is responsible for all activities related to Research, Product Development and Quality Assurance. The position provides leadership for Company-wide research and development programs and activities including laboratory product development, field technical service and problem-solving support while promoting quality achievement and performance improvement across the organization.

The VP Technical Services will establish and maintain Company quality concepts and strategies and assist in the development of annual research and development plans including specific goals and objectives that ensure quality management systems are in place. The VP will ensure products consistently meet customer expectations and will utilize technology to minimize costs and maximize manufacturing capacities.












Director Of Operations


This position will be responsible for the direction of an organization will include planning, organization, direction and provide leadership necessary for achieving plant and corporate goals in the area of Safety, Warehouse, Transportation, Quality, Employee Relations, Performance and Cost.




Non-Executive Positions:

Flavor Scientist



Improvement of food quality, extension of food shelf life and making food more nutritious are just a few of the responsibilities of a Flavor Scientist. They specialize in creating food flavors as well as improving already established food flavors. Some Flavor Scientist also create flavors for medications. A strong sense of smell and taste is necessary to be a successful flavor scientist.



Food Microbiologist


As the first line of defense pertaining to our food safety, Food Microbiologist primarily work to prevent food-borne diseases. The successful candidate will be experienced in studying spoilage, preservation and food poisoning.


Food Process Engineer



Typically, Food Process Engineers research and develop new and existing processes and products. Candidates for this position can work in the chemical, food, pharmaceutical and biochemical industries.



Food Safety Manager



The Food Safety Manager establishes and delivers food safety strategies. The right candidate will be able to lead multiple programs including Corporate Food Safety, Quality Systems as well as compliance of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

The successful candidate builds a talent pool that strengthens the food safety and quality assurance function. Thorough analysis, appropriate corrective action and follow-up the organizations best practices remain consistent.




Packaging Engineer



Packaging engineers must be able cover a wide range of considerations from conceptualization of food product packaging to product placement into the supply chain right through to store display. Successful packaging engineers must have a complete understanding of a broad set of disciplines including industrial design, packaging science, packaging technology, engineering, safety, material science, marketing and logistics to name a few.



Plant Manager




The Plant Manager will plan, organize, direct and provide leadership necessary of the achievement of all plant and the organizations goals in the area of safety, quality, employee relations, performance and cost.

A plant manager is responsible for the successful attainment of production objectives as well as implementation of policies. They also must have the ability to effectively utilize available resources and facilities.

The plant manager will plan, schedule and direct the operation of equipment and facilities to insure safe and cost-efficient operations. As part of the responsibilities, management of the annual budget is required as well as management of capital assets.




Quality Assurance Manager




A successful candidate for a quality assurance position must know that achievement of quality assurance is done by establishing good management systems and assessing its viability. Everyone involved in developing a product is ultimately responsible for its quality assurance.




Regulatory Affairs Manager





Food manufacturers require someone on staff that can act as a link between the company and regulatory authorities such as FDA and the USDA. Their task is to ensure that the products manufactured are in compliance with all legislation.

A successful candidate must be comfortable studying scientific and legal documents as well as understanding them and able to communicate the pertinent information to necessary staff.

The regulatory affairs manager must also be able to gather, organize and manage information into various formats.






Research & Development





What skills does a food scientist working in research and development need? A successful Director or Manager of Research and Development must have skills in food design, food formulation, food processing concepts and techniques.

It is also important that the successful candidate be well versed in safety concepts, sensory process as well as package design. Most importantly, those working in R&D will be overseeing production or process trials which includes the planning and organization of the trials.





Sensory Scientist





A sensory scientist is the individual in the research and development department who is the liaison between R&D and the consumer. Through testing, they determine what the consumer wants. Years ago, tests were done in malls, asking shoppers or others to taste and or smell a few different varieties of the same product, and getting their taste preferences. But in current day, sensory science has become a much more sophisticated science.  It has become a critical role R&D, as the information they can provide can start the product development process on the right path. A sensory scientist works as a partner with product development teams, providing cross functional support to teams by designing, executing, analyzing and reporting all kinds of tests; descriptive analysis, shelf life testing, discrimination testing and consumer research.





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