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Food Product Development Technologist
Classic Cooking / Garden Lites - Jamaica, NY




$40,000 a year

About the company: We are a fast growing fresh and frozen food manufacturer located in the New York Metro area. We have several nationally distributed brands, with the majority of our focus on our line of vegetable based frozen foods. We continuously strive to innovate new items to expand our product offerings. For more company information, please visit our website:

The position : The Product Development Technologist supports the company’s goals in taking a food idea from concept to commercialized product. The position utilizes culinary skills to develop new products, improve current products within defined parameters, and optimize cost of existing products. The Product Development Technologist stays current on food trends, flavors, cooking techniques, and equipment and works with the department director to respond to internal and external suggestions. With minimal guidance, plans and conducts multiple project assignments.


  • Will work under the supervision of the department director to assist with the product development process - product formulation from bench top to production using a continuously developing skill set in food formulation and processing equipment capability understanding.
  • Prepare recipes according to prescribed measurements and methods Cook, chill/freeze, and heat product as instructed Record fill weights and finished weights of samples
  • Assist in the setup, performance, and evaluation of production tests. Help to recommend and implement improvements.
  • Help to research new ingredients, ingredients sources, and contact suppliers
  • Set-up and monitor weekly product cutting
  • Organize samples in the product development lab Label, date, code items as necessary, keep inventory
  • Help fill sample shipments Pick best quality products for samples. Create labels. Create product if necessary
  • Gather ingredients for product development lab Fresh produce, dry goods, spices, etc.
  • Fill out necessary forms for inventory and projects
  • Maintain a clean and organized product development lab as well as an organized prep refrigerator and freezers

Must have 2 -Year Associates Degree in Culinary Arts and/or Culinary Certifications / Professional Culinary Training
Willing to substitute relevant work experience in lieu of the above education and certification requirement

Experience in a food manufacturing facility, product development and/or completion of Food Science related courses is preferable

Feels confident preparing recipes and cooking items with minimal supervision – the majority of work will be done independently

Is very detail orientated and organized - Position requires exact measurements for each recipe, record keeping of observations, and thorough labeling and storage of products

Knowledge of common food allergens and ingredient sources of these allergens

Experience in recipe development and costing ServeSafe certified and/or knowledge of HACCP

Possess good analytical and problem-solving abilities

Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Able to handle multiple tasks in a timely manner

Dependable and Reliable

Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Outlook

Hours and Pay:
This is a full time position, Monday-Friday. Occasional weekend time and travel may be required.
$40-45k per year, commensurate upon experience.
No relocation assistance provided.
Please consider: this position is currently based out of Jamaica, New York but will relocate to East/Central New Jersey in the next 6 to 12 months.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $40,000.00 /year


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