Senior Process Engineer

Posted: October 5, 2021

Closing: January 8, 2022

Job Title: Senior Process Engineer

Reports to: Senior Director, Engineering & Manufacturing

FLSA Status: Exempt, Full Time

Location: South San Francisco, CA; or remote



Clara Foods is currently seeking a talented and innovative Senior Process Engineer to join our Engineering and Manufacturing. As a Senior Process Engineer, you will have the opportunity to participate in activities directly related to different aspects of fermentation and downstream process development and industrialization of animal free animal proteins. You will be a key figure to work on producing and purifying transformative ingredients and change the existing food system.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Drive improvements in yield, quality, and efficiency in fermentation and downstream processes across various products using different techniques.
  • Support scale-up scale-down experiments and work to creatively find solutions for at scale problems
  • Be a technical resource for internal manufacturing, business development, and external manufacturing teams to troubleshoot problems on the floor and recommend solutions
  • Manage external vendors, recommend equipment, and arrange for purchase of equipment and parts adhering to quality standards and necessary specifications.
  • Be a subject matter expert in all unit operations and have the ability to pick up new equipment quickly
  • Have the ability to be an independent contributor and work under ambiguity
  • Structure back end data processing and convert existing SQL data into visual results and derive conclusions.
  • Travel (25%) to manufacturing sites with potential deployments for 2-4 weeks at a time to support tech transfer at commercial partners likely

Skills and abilities:

  • Bachelor’s or Master's Degree in chemical engineering with 5-10 years (Senior process engineer) or 3-5 years (Process engineer) of experience of demonstrated fermentation and downstream experience in pilot plant, with commercial scale experience highly preferred
  • Existing knowledge about upstream and downstream processes 
  • Existing knowledge and prior experience in food/pharmaceutical GMP facilities
  • Basic knowledge of data processing and analysis software.
  • Knowledge of statistics and statistical analysis software. 
  • Good communication and presentation skills and capable of handling simultaneous tasks.
  • Authorized to work in the United States for Clara Foods
  • Generous benefits package; 100% medical, dental, and vision employee coverage, 401k matching, and stock

What Clara Can Offer:

  • Generous benefits package; 100% medical, dental, and vision employee coverage, 401k matching, and stock
  • Optional benefits; Dependent coverage, FSA, HSA, Commuter, Pet Care, and additional life insurance
  • Flexible PTO and 10 paid company holidays per year
  • Free parking, unlimited gym access, lounge, mini-golf patio, yoga and fitness classes onsite 
  • Unlimited supply of sparkling water, granola bars, snacks, local coffee and tea
  • Weekly virtual happy hours & lunches
  • Monthly all-hands meetings and 1:1 with CEO and leadership
  • Close to South San Francisco BART and Cal Train stations, including free shuttle service

About Clara Foods™

Clara Foods™ is a Bay Area venture capital-backed company working towards a disruptive advance in food technology by producing animal proteins without the animal using fermentation. We join a new generation of entrepreneurs, activists and scientists who recognize that the decades-old factory farm model cannot sustain the dietary needs of 7 billion people and counting - and that technology may hold a solution. 

As much as the growing market demands for animal protein production exert pressure on food producers to improve their efficiencies and outputs, there is also growing public distaste for the environmental, animal welfare, and health compromises of industrial-scale animal agriculture. 

Clara Foods™ aims to subvert this moral and economic deadlock by taking the animal out of the equation. We’re bringing products to the table that are produced completely animal-free, use less land and water inputs, while matching the taste, nutritional value, and unique culinary properties of animal proteins.

Clara Foods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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