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Food Scientist
Kagome Inc. - San Carlos, CA



$50,000 a year


JOB TITLE: Food Scientist


DEPARTMENT: Consumer Insights & Innovation DIVISION: KIUS
REPORTS TO: Manager of Consumer Insights & Innovation
PREPARED BY: Kristi Tallerico DATE: 12//07/09
APPROVED BY: Gwen Young DATE: 12/1/14
UPDATED BY: Noriko Misawa DATE: 2/2/16

Develop new products, packaging, and processes under the guidance of the Executive Chef as required to support Sales and Operations. Provide technical support, resources, and services in a timely and efficient manner to all departments within Kagome. Provide technical support, resources, and services under the guidance of the Executive Chef that meet and exceed our customerís expectations. Develop innovative ideas and procedures that benefit our company, customers, & society, and promote Kagomeís reputation and integrity. Support Kagomeís business goals, programs and procedures that achieve company goals and directives. Support the review, understanding and compliance of all programs, policies and procedures contained in the Food Safety and Quality Management System.

This is the intermediate level. The employee carries out an expanding range of professional food scientist assignments in a developing capacity.

Job Duty Notes:
The job duties listed are typical examples of the work performed by positions in this job classification. Not all duties assigned to every position are included, nor is it expected that all positions will be assigned every duty.

Product Development

  • Development of new products.
  • New product sourcing, ideation, screening.
  • New ingredient sourcing, evaluation, costing, qualification and specification.
  • Meet new product criteria in terms of cost and margin.
  • Sensory Testing; Create design and conduct.
  • Preparation of samples for customers.
  • Development of product specifications as required.
  • Development of Ingredient Specifications as required.
  • Continuous Improvement & formulation changes, as required.

Commercialization of New & Reformulated Products

  • Coordinate plant trials and product commercialization at all facilities as well as CoPackers.
  • Cost estimates throughout process & cost reduction of existing products.
  • Development of packaging materials (label/fiber graphics).
  • Shelf life assessments for both product and ingredients.
  • Development and maintenance of Manufacturing Standard Procedure.
  • Development and maintenance of Ingredient, Nutritional and Packaging Specifications.
  • Submissions of thermal process documents to internal and external regulatory groups.

External & Internal Relationships

  • Develop and maintain relationships with customersí R&D & QA groups.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with internal QA groups.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with Marketing and Sales groups.
  • Develop and maintain relationship with Corporate Chef.
  • Visit customers on an as needed basis, with or without sales.
  • Provide technical support to customers regarding Kagome products.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical guidance to other food technologists, laboratory technicians, pilot plant, and operations personnel
  • Keep abreast of new industry technologies and recommend for consideration where appropriate
  • Training and Supervision of Food Associates and/or Interns.
  • Support the Manager of Culinary Development as required.
  • Development and support of global regulatory program
  • Other duties as assigned by Management.


Internal Contacts:
All Kagome departments.

External Contacts:
Customers, Regulatory officers, Material Suppliers, Vendors.

Education Level:
Bachelorís degree in Food Science or related field. A Masterís degree is a plus.

Years and Type of Related Experience Required:
A Minimum of 1-2 yearsí experience in R&D specifically in Product Development. Culinary experience is an added benefit.


Interpersonal and Communication:
Must be well developed in communications skills both oral and written. Directly interfaces with customers, suppliers, and many internal company departments.

Technical and Analytical:
Analytical, Chemical and microbiological knowledge and experience in formulation, laboratory, sensory analysis techniques/methods.

Administrative and Operations:
Computer Skill using various software. Planning and problem solving.

Travel Requirements:
Must be able to travel within the US & internationally to visit customer sites and to the Kagome factory in Los Banos. 10 Ė 20% of time.

Physical Demands:
Sitting at a computer terminal, standing, and walking for long periods of time.

Work Environment:
Working in both an office environment and food technology lab with moderate noise levels. May be exposed to some food related chemicals. In plant will be exposed to food processing environment with changes in temperatures, damp conditions. Some lifting and prolonged standing required

Special Equipment Used:
A valid driverís license will be required. Analytical equipment.
Kitchen and pilot plant equipment.
Personal computer (specific experience with Excel, Word & PowerPoint) General office equipment; fax, copier, phone etcÖ)

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $50,000.00 /year

Local candidates only:

  • San Carlos, CA

Required experience:

  • R & D, specifically in Product Development: 2 years

Required education:

  • Bachelor's


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