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Food Technologist - Watsonville, CA




Farmhouse Culture (A Venture Capital Backed Company) - Watsonville, CA

Food Technologist


Status: Salaried Exempt
Employee Classification: Regular Full-time
Reports to: Chief Innovation Officer

Farmhouse Culture is seeking a Food Technologist to collaborate with and support our Innovation team in Watsonville, CA.

By re-imagining traditional foods with organic ingredients and culinary expertise, Farmhouse Culture has become a leader in the exciting fermented food and beverage category. As passionate as we are about our food, we are equally as dedicated to cultivating an innovative and positive work environment. This is an excellent career opportunity for the right candidate.

Position Overview
This position will carry out the technical aspects of a number of innovation projects including existing and new lacto-fermented products. Responsibilities will include small batch testing identification of formulations, sensory evaluation, product specifications, and documentation while meeting our cost, quality and innovation objectives for market readiness.

Essential Job Functions

  • Collaborate with Innovation team on new product development projects from ideation to commercialization.
  • Ability to operate independently and effectively on multiple tasks.
  • Maintain complete and accurate product development project files.
  • Coordinate pilot runs and production trials with suppliers and co-packers in the development of new products.
  • Provide comprehensive pre- and post-trial reports.
  • Oversee new product start-ups.
  • Develop and maintain product specifications.

Additional Job Functions

  • Work with QA to ensure complete HAACP analysis of new products and ingredients.
  • Work with QA to ensure completion of co-packer QA manuals for all new products.
  • Assist in the creation and maintenance of SOPs for Innovation.
  • Misc. Innovation projects.


  • B.S. in Food Science or equivalent degree and minimum three to five years experience in a food processing environment with an emphasis on new product development.
  • Knowledge of food operations, sensory evaluation, processing capabilities and experimental design.
  • Working knowledge of food based fermentation processes including lactic and acetic acid.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Travel to manufacturing facility and co-packers as needed.
  • Attend trade shows and other company functions as directed

Other Skills/Abilities

  • Ability to conduct basic laboratory tests including measurement for pH, salinity, acidity etc.., through titration and/or instrumentation.
  • Ability to perform statistical analysis on data sets to help refine product development targets.
  • Proficient with Excel and Google Docs.
  • Proficient with Techwizard or other nutritional labeling program.

Competitive compensation and benefits available for qualified candidates. Farmhouse Culture, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.
Please send your CV and cover letter to


Job Type: Full-time

Local candidates only:

  • Watsonville, CA 95076

Required experience:

  • 3-5 Years Job Experience at Food Technologist: 3 years

Required education:

  • Bachelor's


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