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Sr Technical Coordinator - Cheese

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world. Committed to innovation and sustainability, Hilmar Cheese Company, and our division, Hilmar Ingredients, serves customers in more than 50 countries. State-of-the art production facilities in California and Texas convert an abundance of high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose.

A Typical Day

The Sr. Cheese Technical Coordinator is responsible for managing cheese recipes and ensuring that our customers are receiving product that is up to their quality standards. This position will also be responsible for managing the graders and ensuring development of the sensory program and supervisor.   Through effective management of cheese recipes, the employee is expected to drive the continuous improvement of Hilmar Cheese products. He/ She will be directly responsible for managing operational set points and targets to achieve processing targets and consistency. He/ She will also be responsible for managing the technical and recipe parameters of Starter Culture manufacturing.

Job Responsibilities
  • Responsible for managing daily recipe set points and recipe attainment for cheese and milk.
  • Responsible for managing the graders to ensure timely and accurate sensory feedback.
  • Effective analysis, management, and reporting of cheese chemistry results and variation related to targets or ranges.
  • Monitoring and reporting undergrade cheese production.
  • Investigate and respond to Cheese Customer complaints verbally and in writing.
  • Monitoring Cheese grading results and ensuring that customers are satisfied with the product quality.
  • Monitor the performance of Lab Instruments and collaborate with Quality Assurance in maintaining the accuracy of the data reported.
  • Assist Technical Services Manager in answering product performance concerns and addressing specific requirements of cheese customers.
  • Assist Technical Services Manager and other Coordinators in R&D projects, Process Improvement projects, and trials relating to cheese.
  • Makes recommendations to improve quality and efficiency of cheese make operations.
  • Work with cross functional teams including but not limited to other Coordinators throughout the business.
  • Mindful of requirement for Harmonization of cheese performance among production facilities.
  • Responsible for document control.
  • Promote Company Culture
  • Achieve common business goals through cooperative alignment with all departments.
What You Will Need
  • English skills must be proficient to understand, read, write and speak English
  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Food Science or related field and 4 years cheese or ingredients manufacturing experience OR Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Food Science or related field and 1 years cheese or ingredients manufacturing experience
  • Background with process improvement programs and procedures.
  • Knowledge of production operations management for quality, yield and cost.
  • Knowledge of plant technical activities.
  • Software program proficiency in: Excel, Word, PowerPoint.
What Will Put You Ahead
  • 1 year as a Cheese Technical Coordinator
  • Internship experience in manufacturing or dairy environment.
  • Advanced knowledge of biological systems.
Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to:

  • Stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and talk or hear.
  • Stand and walk almost the entire workday.
  • Employees must be physically capable of working in any of the job tasks within their respective area.
  • Required to work at heights and in fairly small areas.
  • Pushing, pulling, reaching, bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, handling and grasping, twisting/turning, repetitive bending.
Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to the following: 

  • Exposure to dust, fumes, smoke, gases, or other irritating substances.
  • Exposure to solvents or chemicals.
  • Exposure to slippery walking surfaces: water.
  • Exposure to marked changes in temperature and humidity depending on time of year.

Working surface is primarily concrete. Where standing is required, there are rubber mats which are one-half inch thick.

Food safety is a companywide responsibility and each employee must know their role in the manufacture and distribution of safe, wholesome, and high quality products.


This description is a general statement and does not include other duties as assigned


Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/EEO. We participate in E-Verify.

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