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R & D Food Technologist
East West Tea Company - "Yogi Tea" - Springfield, OR




$50,000 a year

At Yogi we believe the purpose of business is to serve. Our company was founded on that belief and uses service as its guiding principle: “Feel Good, Be Good, Do Good.” We are committed to providing healthy, natural teas that are accessible to as many people as possible. With more than 40 years of experience, we strive to support the health and well-being of our consumers by incorporating the highest-quality natural and organic ingredients in our teas. It is the strength of our people and our guiding principle that have contributed to Yogi tea becoming and remaining the #1 tea brand in the US natural channel and one of the fastest growing brands in conventional food and mass markets.

We are looking for an R & D Technologist that embraces the Yogi brand and has a passion for food and health. The creation of new products is a collaborative effort and the ability to work in a team environment taking many perspectives into consideration while balancing function, flavor, cost of goods, and manufacturing capabilities to produce the best possible product is paramount to success in this role.

Job Summary:
The Food Technologist will support Product Development and R&D functions throughout the business. Responsibilities include but are not limited to working closely with marketing on all forms of new product innovation from concept to commercialization, conducting shelf life and sensory evaluations, label review and validation, working with procurement to source and approve new ingredients and alternate suppliers, product and process improvements, and other research & development tasks. Attention to detail, excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong organizational abilities are required.

Job Duties:
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Independently lead and coordinate development work on new and existing products
  • Plan, organize, and execute sensory evaluation testing of new and existing products, shelf life, second sourcing, and consumer use tests.
  • Document observed results, analyze data, draw conclusions and make recommendations during product development activities.
  • Support all technical development activities to scale up for commercialization, product launch, and post launch monitoring.
  • Supports Customer Service, Marketing and Shipping by providing product technical information as requested.
  • Update and maintain product formulation, ingredient and finished goods specifications, organic certification, and nutrition databases.
  • Partners with procurement and marketing to address and implement any formulation changes to existing blends.
  • Set up bill of materials for any new products and any changes to existing products * * Proof artwork packaging for all new products and any changes to existing artwork
  • Understands the herbal and medicinal functions of our raw materials and our finished products, actively learning about new herbal and nutritional sources of health and wellbeing.
  • Understand Yogi’s values and consumer needs.

Required Competencies & Knowledge:
Yogi seeks to hire a candidate with 6-8 years’ experience in the food industry. A bachelor’s degree in Food Science or Technology is required. An understanding of organic regulations is preferred. The ideal candidate should have good laboratory experience, be familiar with GMP’s, and CFR 111 for dietary supplements. They should have demonstrated success in developing new products, from concept through to commercialization. They should also have strong organizational skills and be able to prioritize and plan work activities efficiently. Must be very detailed oriented in observations and documentation, and possess strong math, computer, and scientific, statistical and analytical skills.

The work environment is an office and laboratory setting with exposure to herbs and food-safe chemicals. This job requires frequent standing and walking on concrete floors, as well as sitting at a desk/computer station.

East West Tea Company, LLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and compliance with federal, state, and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, performance and business needs.

To be considered, candidates must submit in Word format a cover letter highlighting their experiences that meet the minimum qualifications as well as a job specific resume. Cover letter should also include salary expectations. Submissions may only be made via email. No relocation assistance with this position.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $50,000.00 /year

Required experience:

  • Food Technology: 6 years

Required education:

  • Bachelor's


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