PD Technical Writer (Product Data Manager)

Atlanta, GA

Posted: 08/08/2019 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 346.19JF Pay Rate: 60,000

PD Technical Writer (Product Data Manager)

This is a technical role focused on Product Data Management (PDM).  Leading the product document translation for finished product commercialization and quality initiatives, managing critical product formulation information as it is transferred from the kitchen to the manufacturing facility.  This position establishes and documents technical standards related to product formulation management for successful scale up and manufacture team members in this role are also responsible for technical documentation in systems such as the Optiva, ERP, Prism, SharePoint, etc. working in close collaboration with internal subject matter experts in Product Development, Packaging, Quality, Regulatory Affairs, Supply Chain and Nutrition.  Projects are of moderate to high complexity and technical risk.

Primary Responsibilities:

Product Formulation Management for Manufacturing:

  • Leadership in the application of food science / technical knowledge to translate Product Development formulations to plant-ready formatted formulations, using a complex set of standards dictated by type of formula and specific manufacturing location requirements and unitized plant operations
  • Systematic build of formulas, procedures and specifications in the Optiva Product Lifecycle Management system as required to ensure that products can be manufactured properly and according to specifications and can integrate with ERP & RMS plant floor systems
  • Work collaboratively as a core member of multiple product commercialization business teams, independently managing all product documentation requirements as needed to meet project timelines
  • Ensure all technical documentation is bundled to deliver the full manufacturing requirements; formula, procedure, kitchen batch sheet, formula change note, cost and extend ERP requirements, time specifications and some packaging requirements
  • Utilize ERP system to review and confirm manufacturing product formulation to ensure proper data continuity
  • Manage the versioning and obsolescence of product documentation of Optiva for multiple product brands to keep plant and PD systems aligned
  • Launch and track electronic workflows as required to collect needed cross-functional input or approvals
  • Work closely with PD team and Commercialization teams to adjust priorities and workload as needed to meet commercialization project timelines commitments for the division
  • Provide periodic and timely communication to Product Development, Supply Chain and the Manufacturing plants on the status of Product Formulation updates
  • Manage temporary and/or emergency product change documentation to product formulations and incorporate them into the product formulations as required

Business Process Development and Improvement:

  • Drive ownership in identification of Continuous Improvement in the processes for Product Formulation data management collaborating with the broader PD and Supply Chain teams
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on special project teams focused on improving data quality and efficiency
  • Develop and document new/modified work processes and lead communication and change management / adoption to team and internal stakeholders
  • Develop and maintain documentation / audit trail for internal new formulas and formula change requests
  • Leverage system knowledge to organize and streamline different types of technical documentation for enhanced department efficiency
  • Deep understanding of Optiva business processes and systems for process improvement recommendation and implementation

Training, Mentoring, Coaching:

  • As a Subject matter expert, mentor new Product Development technologists on Optiva and systems, teaching best practices in the development of formulas, procedures & specifications
  • Communicate closely with Packaging, Product Development, Supply Chain, Regulatory Affairs and Marketing to maintain up-to-date project information and priorities
  • Conduct training to external teams as required on new and existing business processes (e.g. formula submission, label information requests, temporary notes, discrepancy reporting)
  • Train Product Development technologists / engineers on product formulation templates and standards to ensure accurate transfer of knowledge for consistent product manufacture
  • Provide additional training as needed to user groups to enhance proficiency

Technical Analysis & Quality Standards:

  • Research, review and interpret product formulation & plant manufacturing practices to set standards for various food product types setting the stage for all new formulas to be developed using these standards
  • Work collaboratively with Product Development & Supply Chain to ensure accuracy of new product formulas and updates to existing product formulations

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Jeff Fee at jfee@cps4jobs.com.

JO:  346.19JF



  • BS Degree in a Science based field, Computer Science acceptable
  • Years of relevant experience: 2-3
  • Excellent written and verbal technical communication skills, along with strong collaboration skills
  • Demonstrated analytical thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Proficient at independent planning and prioritization
  • Strong computer skills including fluency in Microsoft Office (especially Excel), and database management. Ability to quickly become proficient in all relevant software systems / applications such as Optiva, ERP, and SharePoint
  • Technical knowledge base of food principles from lab to plant scale-up with some ability to apply that knowledge to formulations, manufacturing and finished product specifications, a plus
  • Knowledge of commercial food manufacturing systems, equipment and thermal processes, a plus
  • Minimal overnight travel <5%

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Jeff Fee at jfee@cps4jobs.com.

JO:  346.19JF



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