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The most important attribute for working successfully at Autumn Harp is the ability to work harmoniously with other people, specifically to create a positive work environment.  We offer a desirable and respectful workplace, competitive compensation and generous benefits - including paid time off, holiday pay, medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, accident insurance, critical illness, flexible spending accounts, 401k with employer match, profit share, a free gym membership and more!  Explore job opportunities at Autumn Harp below.

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Autumn Harp
Human Resources
26 Thompson Drive
Essex Junction, VT  05452
jobs@autumnharp.com
Fax: 802-857-4601

Autumn Harp is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Process Engineer

The Process Equipment Engineer is part of the Research & Development team and is responsible for Process Design, Scale Up, Compounding Equipment knowledge, FMI creation and maintenance, and OTC Validation training required for product development.  They will act as a liaison within the scrum team environment and be responsible for product development and scale-up from the lab bench to steady-state production. The Process Engineer must be both knowledgeable and willing to learn OTC and cosmetic validation procedures under the guidance of the Senior Process Engineer to be able to communicate effectively with internal and external customers.  The Process Engineer is also responsible for the investigation of out of specification batches working collaboratively with cross function teams to ensuring that all designed processes adhere to the quality, safety, and cleanliness standards of Autumn Harp, as well as supporting the needs of the greater R&D lab team when necessary.

 Key Responsibilities

  • Participating member of a Scrum team for new product development
  • Technical expert on all compounding kettles and equipment, with a focus on ownership of the rapid prototyping pilot vessel; including kettle logistics & physical batching/cleaning: scheduling, cleaning, maintenance, and training. 
  • Manages the process design and implementation needed for blue sky and market-trend development batches.
  • Responsible for maintaining the health of FMI documents and batching processes in a timely manner through the PCR process.  As well as authoring FMI documents for new experiments, pilots and/or productions when needed.
  • Provides technical support and scheduling advice to the compounding department, assisting and providing guidance to Team Leads and Batchers.
  • Develop & write technical OTC batching validation protocols that meet FDA guidelines. 
  • Work in partnership with R&D, Regulatory and Quality to complete PCRs (process change requests) for production.
  • Completes investigations in collaboration with the Quality team on out of specification product.
  • Plays a key role working with customers who are on site to make new products, ensuring customer satisfaction.
  • Cross train to fully support the entire pilot team process for R&D, Batching and Filling
    Special projects as assigned for process improvements and R&D lab support (lab batches, stability, product safety, etc.)

Experience and Skills required:

  • 5+ years of related process engineering experience
  • BS in engineering, chemical engineering preferred
  • Direct experience working in a GMP environment
  • Experience working with manufacturing processing equipment
  • Ability to connect with external and internal customers
  • Independent, creative and logical thinker with a problem-solving mindset
  • Excellent written, verbal, computer and math skills
  • Basic understand of chemistry and databases
  • Process excellence in support of continuous improvement
Research & Development Intern

Have you ever found yourself checking out the ingredient listing on the back of your skincare or beauty products to see what’s really inside?  Do you want to walk into your local drug or makeup store and see products that YOU developed?  Autumn Harp is a Vermont-based contract research and manufacturing organization that creates some of the most innovative formulas, natural and traditional, for the personal care and beauty industries.  We’re also certified by the FDA to produce OTC formulas like SPF and anti-acne products.  Our customers include many of the brands you might see in the beauty and personal care sections of grocery stores, Target, Whole Foods, and Sephora.  We pride ourselves in being a fun, safe and respectful work environment where you can learn by doing!

 We’re seeking a talented student who craves learning new skills and isn’t afraid to tackle big projects.  As an intern, you’ll gain exposure to all aspects of our business as you work with the R&D staff to support research & development operations within our organization.

 What You’ll Do:

  • Assist Chemists with new product development
  • Lab Technician vacation coverage
  • Research project for new products (new skincare and color cosmetic application)
  • Assist with data base management
  • Shadow Process Engineering staff to learn about new product commercialization steps
  • Follow all Lab safety compliance and Good Lab Practices (GLP)

 What We Require:

  • Student enrolled in a full-time academic program, majoring in chemistry, biology, physics, chemical engineering, or a closely related discipline
  • Strong academic standing with GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Interest to learn about cosmetic science, willingness to apply personal care and beauty products to assess aesthetics and performance
  • Ability to work in a laboratory type environment with basic knowledge of standard equipment, we will train as well
  • Basic familiarity with personal care ingredients usage and functionality
  • High level organization with an attention to detail and an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments
  • Creative and flexible with strong communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Production Operator
  • E1 Shift - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 6:50 AM 0 7:00 PM
  • E2 Shift – Thursday, Friday, Saturday 6:50 AM – 7:00 PM
  • E3 Shift - Sunday, Monday, Tuesday 6:50 PM - 7:00 PM
  • E4 Shift – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 6:50 PM to 7:00 AM

Autumn Harp is looking to add quality-minded operators to each of our four production shifts.  We are a premier contract manufacturer in the beauty and personal care industry.  New team members can expect to be challenged within our fast paced, FDA regulated, 24/6 manufacturing environment. Our Production Operators run state-of-the-art machinery, follow detailed specifications to produce our finished products, as well as complete required documentation.  Operators tend equipment that perform packaging functions, such as filling, marking, labeling, banding, packing and wrapping components.  Flexibility is needed to work at various stations while following product specification sheets.  Safety is our number one focus and each team member is expected to follow all safety guidelines and report any safety issues. 

What we are looking for:

·        A safety first – quality minded team player that is dependable with a positive attitude

·        Ability to read, follow and understand written instruction

·        Demonstrated problem solving ability - solving problems is what we do best

·        A collaborative, team-oriented contributor / mechanical inclination is a plus

Your benefits package will include:

·        A 3-day work week with paid lunch and breaks

·        Five weeks paid time off annually (a combination of Sick / Personal & Holiday pay) *

·        Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance

·        FREE gym membership at the EDGE

·        Up to $5,000 towards a Cafeteria Flex/Dependent Care Spending Account (FSA/DCA) funds depending on insurance needs

·        401k with company match and short vesting schedule

Why You Should Apply:

·        Three-day work week

·        Good benefits

·        Career advancement opportunities

·        Overtime availability

·        Great people
Physical Requirements: Sitting and standing 12 hours, lifting up to 30 lbs.

*Prorated for new hires

Senior Process Engineer

The Senior Process Engineer role is a critical thought leader and contributor to all processing engineering functions including, but not limited to process design and optimization, scale up, monitoring and optimizing process up-time, compounding equipment knowledge, FMI creation and maintenance, and OTC Validations.  The person in this position is responsible to develop and sustain manufacturing processes to meet or exceed the technical requirements of our customers while achieving quality, throughput, and cost objectives.  The candidate also leads the implementation of scale up practices and FDA/GMP documentation adherence for both OTC and non-OTC products.   

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assure sound engineering and validation principals are applied to process design and execution such that they are simplified, trouble free, and aim for success every time (zero defects).
  • Write, review, and sign off on validation protocols for OTC products making active ingredient claims to ensure FDA compliance.  Update existing OTC validation templates for continuous improvement where necessary.
  • Define, characterize, and lead the implementation of new manufacturing processes in collaboration with formulation team and compounding. 
  • Manufacture pilot batches for skin care and color cosmetic products in development.
  • Write correction procedures for bulks that are authorized for re-work to correct an out of specification issue.
  • Serve as the process engineering liaison for two Scrum Teams during new product development.
  • Investigate all out of specification issues on bulk formulas in Production.
  • Assist with equipment selection and drive implementation of new equipment.
  • Manage projects to assure on-time/on budget implementation.
  • Ensure GMP compliance of compounding and PE equipment by performing routine audits.
  • Lead process improvements while mentoring others to improve processes.
  • Develop commercialization risk assessments with R&D chemists, Quality and Operations ahead of scale-up to ensure the appropriate resources (time and people) are applied for successful product transition from lab to plant.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in the Engineering field, advanced degree a plus
  • 5+ years of experience in CPG engineering, continuous improvement or related field
  • Demonstrated history of driving manufacturing process continuous improvement/efficiencies
  • Solid project management skills
  • Effective communicator that can excel in a dynamic environment with little supervision or daily direction
  • Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a personal commitment to succeed
  • Proven experience as a team lead, mentoring and coaching junior staff is a significant plus 
Technical Operator
  • E1 Shift - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 6:50 AM 0 7:00 PM
  • E2 Shift – Thursday, Friday, Saturday 6:50 AM – 7:00 PM
  • E3 Shift - Sunday, Monday, Tuesday 6:50 PM - 7:00 PM
  • E4 Shift – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 6:50 PM to 7:00 AM

Reporting to the Shift Supervisor, Technical Operators are responsible for working with the manufacturing team to ensure that all equipment is performing optimally, operating pieces of equipment on the production floor, as well as assisting Maintenance Technicians with line setups and changeovers of manufacturing lines. Must be detailed-oriented and highly organized.  Must be able to handle up to 50 lbs. and able to stand and walk up to 12 hours on a regular basis.  Would be required to lead and work on production lines as needed.  

 Responsibilities include:

  • Assist Maintenance Technicians with changeovers, minor adjustments/repairs and line setups, as needed.
  • Performs all of the duties of a manufacturing operator including:
  • Starts and stops machines and reports machine issues; reads, understands and follows product specification and operation sheets; inspects containers to specs.
  • Fill vats and move kettles; replenishes packaging supplies and machine supplies.
  • Completes all associated paperwork associated for each product order.
  • Meets production targets on the line by both working the line at various stations and by providing coaching to line workers and temporary associates to meet targets.
  • Perform preventative maintenance tasks to assist the maintenance team as needed
  • Follows all safety guidelines and protocols
  • Perform house cleaning (5S) tasks
  • Support Operational Excellence program by doing audits and being part of continuous improvement activities

Minimum requirements:

  • Strong baseline of mechanical knowledge and aptitude
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • General computer proficiency
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask and have strong organizational skills
  • Timely decision-making and responsiveness
  • Possess solid reading and math skills.
  • Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team
Compounding/Mixing Technician

E2 Shift - Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7:00AM - 7:00PM

E3 Shift - Sunday, Monday, Tuesday 7:00PM - 7:00AM

Who we are:

We are a premier contract manufacturer in the beauty and personal care industry.

What you’ll do:

By joining our talented compounding department, you can expect to challenge yourself while performing a variety of tasks. Our Compounding Technician ensures that all products are batched in accordance to the formula manufacturing instructions or “recipe”. You will stage and verify all required ingredients for bulk products and use state-of-the-art machinery to mix and blend raw materials. Our compounding team is responsible for product flow to manufacturing – providing high quality product that meets standards for flavor, color, viscosity and visual appearance.

What we are looking for:

·        A safety first – quality minded team player that is dependable with a positive attitude

·        Ability to read, follow and understand written instruction

·        Demonstrated problem solving ability - solving problems is what we do best

·        Experience with inventory transactions and material movement / forklift certified is a plus

Your benefits package will include:

·        A 3-day work week with paid lunch and breaks

·        Five weeks paid time off annually (a combination of Sick / Personal & Holiday pay) *

·        Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance

·        FREE gym membership at the EDGE

·        Up to $5,000 Flex Spending Account (FSA) funds depending on insurance needs

·        401k with company match

Our Location is Ideal:

·        If you enjoy mountain biking – we are located right on the Saxon Hill Bike Trail

·        If you enjoy skiing or trail running – Cochran’s ski area and Catamount Family Center are near by

·        If you enjoy shopping or going to the movies the Essex Outlets is just up the road

·        If you enjoy eating – JCAT, Hoagies, Mimmo's and JP’s Restaurant are just minutes away

Why You Should Apply:

·        Three-day work week

·        Good benefits

·        Career advancement opportunities

·        Overtime availability

·        Great people
Physical Requirements: Sitting, standing, lifting @ 50 lbs. and @ 75 lbs. occasionally. Ability to work around perfumes and fragrance on a daily basis.

*Prorated for new hires

 

 

 

Material Handler

E2 Shift: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 6:45am - 7:00pm

Reporting to the Material Handling Supervisor, the Material Handler’s main responsibilities are to manage, prep and prepare all materials for production, verifying the accuracy of the order.  The right candidate will have the ability to communicate well – both externally and internally; be a team player with a strong work ethic; ability to work productively and independently is essential.  Must be detailed-oriented, highly organized, previous forklift a plus.  Must be able to handle 50 lbs. routinely, 75 lbs. occasionally; ability to stand and walk for long periods on a regular basis.   May be required to assist and work on production lines as needed.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Verify and deliver materials to production accurately and on time
  • Perform the inventory transactions in the ERP system, keeping jobs updated throughout the shift
  • Wrap and move pallets to final locations
  • Communicate within the production team
  • Work in a safe and diligent manner to make sure company guidelines are met

Minimum requirements:

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • General computer proficiency
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask and have strong organizational skills
  • Timely decision-making and responsiveness
  • Possess solid reading and math skills.
  • Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Prior forklift experience preferred