Food Manufacturing Specialist – TechHelp at the University of Idaho

Company: TechHelp

Are you looking for a mission-driven organization that works as a collaborative team with a great purpose?

Are you inspired to create impact and make client and partner connections in Idaho?

Are you seeking an exciting career opportunity working within an organization that would benefit from your
talents in business development and outreach to Idaho manufacturers and a network of regional resources?

Join our team to enhance the regional manufacturing community and use your knowledge and experience to
help build Idaho’s manufacturing sector.

TechHelp, Idaho’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center, is seeking a talented and creative Food
Manufacturing Specialist for our Southern Idaho region. In this role, you will drive business growth and
manage technical and training services for Idaho manufacturers including food manufacturers. The Food
Manufacturing Specialist will develop relationships with client company leadership to provide consulting in
continuous improvement, advanced manufacturing, business management, and growth strategies. As a
TechHelp Food Manufacturing Specialist, you will work in a fun and fast-paced team environment and be a part
of the rich history of the University of Idaho.

You will have the opportunity to:
● Proactively engage company leaders to make decisions on critical improvement initiatives and develop
business opportunities to provide consulting services.
● Assist clients with continuous improvement and advanced manufacturing implementation, training, and
technical assistance, including vetting additional consulting resources to meet client needs.
● Stay on the cutting edge of advanced manufacturing methods as an affiliate of the nationwide NIST
Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
● Collaborate to meet client needs with private consultants, university (Boise State, Idaho State,
University of Idaho) faculty and staff, TechHelp Manufacturing Specialists and partner MEP centers.
Develop ongoing relationships with the top leadership of regional public and private organizations.
● Using a high level of autonomy, effectively champion TechHelp’s internal and external capabilities to
achieve near and long-term ROI.

At a minimum, you should have:
● A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent professional experience) in engineering, food science,
manufacturing, business, or related field; plus 5 years of demonstrated experience in
○ working in, consulting with, or selling to a food manufacturing environment.
○ Implementing continuous improvement principles.
● Excellent communication and leadership skills.
● Familiarity with a wide variety of cloud-based computer applications.
● A desire to travel throughout Idaho and neighboring states in support of activities to meet new people,
create connections and increase TechHelp’s impact on manufacturing.
● Experience working in the food industry in any of the following disciplines:
○ Warehousing and distribution, maintenance and automation, IT, HR, Operations, Cleaning and
Sanitation, Food Equipment Manufacturing, Project Management, Quality and Food Safety,
Research and Development, Sales.

The preferred candidate will have:
● A Master’s Degree in engineering, food science, manufacturing, or business and experience as a
professional consultant.
● Experience in manufacturing leadership with continuous improvement, and advanced manufacturing
● Experience with spreadsheets, databases, data analysis tools, engineering design, and CRM tools.
Physical Requirements:
● Some work may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50lbs;
standing up to 8 hours; working and commuting in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels,
and require PPE (personal protective equipment).
● Must have access to a personal vehicle and possession of a valid driver’s license for travel throughout
the region and the state.

Salary & Benefits: The salary hiring range is $85,000 – $95,000, depending on experience. The position is
eligible for an incentive plan and includes excellent benefits that provide health and financial protection plans
and resources to promote health and well-being. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials: Cover letter, resume, and 3 references.

Closing Date:

About TechHelp

As a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology- Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST
MEP) National Network, TechHelp gives Idaho companies access to the knowledge and expertise of a national
network of 1,500 manufacturing experts at 51 Centers (

A partnership of Boise State, the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, and the Idaho Manufacturing
Alliance, TechHelp is proud to be Idaho’s NIST MEP center. Our team provides statewide access to services
and resources from university-based offices in Boise, Post Falls, Twin Falls, and Pocatello. Our mission is to
grow Idaho manufacturers, food processors, and entrepreneurs and improve their competitiveness through
continuous product and process innovation.

As Idaho’s Economic Development Administration University Center, TechHelp leverages university resources
to create growth and jobs in rural and underserved areas of Idaho. Across the state, we give our clients access
to a network of local, regional, and national resources through our university, private sector, and national MEP
resource providers.


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