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R&D Technical Services Technologist (Contractor)

Research & Development (Food/Beverage) Emeryville, California






The R&D Technical Services Technologist is accountable for managing R&D documentation system that support product and packaging development through managing accurate information transfer from benchtop to commercialization.  This role will also help support ongoing ingredient composition and formula composition reviews through close interaction with our suppliers and Plum Regulatory. Strong communication is needed, as this role will interact often with suppliers and the cross-functional technical team.  Assignments are of moderate complexity and technical risk that could be a part of a larger effort and may be a part of a larger multidisciplinary team. 


Core Responsibilities:

  • Leads Project GIGO (Good-In Great-Out): establishing technical raw material and finished goods specifications by collaborating with product developers, packaging engineers and Quality Assurance
  • Verify and maintain accuracy of ingredient database (R&D Genesis) through collaboration with Quality Assurance and supplier interface tools to ensure accurate and complete allergen, nutrient content, and ingredient statement declaration.
  • Support on-going maintenance of supply chain quality management system (GSQA) and resources planning-data integration system (SAP).
  • Coach product developers, innovation managers and operations on best practices of Genesis, GSQA and SAP systems where applicable.
  • Assist future state of ingredient and finished products interfaces between GSQA, R&D Genesis and future system Optiva.
  • Support ongoing analytical needs via close interaction with Campbell Soup and outside labs.
  • Communicate closely with Packaging Development, Product Development, Regulatory Affairs, Quality Assurance to maintain up-to-date project information and priorities.



  • Minimum 1 year in the Food and Beverage industry.
  • BS Degree in Food Science or Nutrition.
  • Basic understanding of FDA and USDA organic regulations and NON GMO Project Verified rules
  • Detail oriented, strong organizational and communication skills with experience working in cross-functional teams.
  • Proficiency in MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, and R&D Genesis.
  • Preferred working knowledge of Optiva. 


Personal Characteristics

  • An Innovator – You are passionate about the world of design and innovation. You bring a unique perspective from your experiences and your observations in the world around you.
  • A Creative Problem Solver – You have a creative bent and you love taking on challenges with a fresh perspective and creative mind.
  • An Action Oriented Doer – Someone who is driven by results. Someone who strongly believes in accountability. A task oriented self-starter who stays calm under pressure and proactively takes on big ideas and projects.
  • Hands On – Someone humble enough to tackle low level mundane tasks some days and then drive high-level strategic discussions the next. Someone who is hungry to learn and take on more responsibility as the company grows.
  • A Collaborator – One who works well with teams, and can listen while still sharing a strong point of view.
  • An Optimist – Someone with a can-do attitude, who can lead in the face of uncertainty, and with a great sense of humor.

Who we are – Plum, PBC – Emeryville, California 

Plum, PBC is home to Plum Organics, a values-driven company committed to nourishing the next generation with great tasting, nutritious food from high chair to lunchbox. Plum Inc. is a group of extremely passionate people that truly love what they do and why they do it. They are parents, aunts, uncles, big brothers… tooth fairies. They are curious connoisseurs and joy seeking foodies that have come together to discover, celebrate & create all things healthy, inventive & yum. 

For more information, visit You can also follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@plumorganics). 

Plum, PBC is committed to providing equal opportunity for employees and applicants in all aspects of the employment relationship, without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.


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