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Food Technologist

Corporate, Santa Fe Springs, CA, US

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Job Class :Professional

Food Technologist

JOB SUMMARY:

The Food Technologist formulates and assists in the scale up of a wide variety of fresh, healthy, savory food products; independently manages multiple projects, and works effectively with cross-functional internal and client teams.


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or related field.
  • At least 2 years of food product development experience; 5 years experience preferred.
  • In-depth knowledge of food science and technology.
  • Culinary experience a plus.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Functions, Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Develop food products from concept to commercialization that meets customers’ specifications and needs.
  2. Develop products within cost parameters as required.
  3. Establish product specifications; develop nutrition facts and product labeling information.
  4. Oversee plant trial runs and production start-ups, adapting formulas and processes as required.
  5. Work closely with Procurement to source new and cost effective ingredients.
  6. Provide product information and technical support to customers.
  7. Provide technical support and training to Quality Assurance, Production and Sales departments.
  8. Work closely with production and Quality Assurance on development and process flow on new products and improvements to existing products.
  9. Coordinating with QA, conduct shelf life studies, evaluate product stability and process flow and recommend product shelf life.
  10. Ensure new products adhere to federal and food industry standards.
  11. Effectively communicate with R&D manager on project updates.
  12. Perform special projects and duties as assigned.


CORE COMPETENCIES: Knowledge, Skills & Abilities-

Language Skills - Able to read and communicate fluently in English. Demonstrates professional level writing and verbal communication skills.

Communication – Expresses himself/herself verbally in a clear, concise and persuasive manner.  Listens actively and demonstrates empathy when appropriate.  Builds rapport with others. Adjusts communication style appropriately in interactions with other employees, business contacts and customers. Communicates effectively with people across the organization. Produces clear, concise and well-organized written documents. Uses standard grammar effectively in oral and written communications.   

Innovation – Displays original thinking and creativity; Develops highly innovative approaches and ideas; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others’ attention. 

Team Work – Exhibits strong interpersonal skills. Maintains a professional demeanor and promotes positive interactions and co-operative working relationships with clients, other employees and business leaders. Collaborates effectively and cross-functionally with others at all levels within the organization; Fosters trust and cooperation among co-workers, customers and suppliers; Treats others with consideration and respect. Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Adapts to change and is open to new ideas and responsibilities. Contributes to building positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests.  Works well in a team environment and motivates others to achieve exceptional levels of performance.

Productivity and Planning - Takes initiative and demonstrates a good work ethic; Works independently and efficiently in a dynamic environment. Manages multiple tasks/projects and competing priorities in an effective manner; Plans work and sets priorities in keeping with department and organizational objectives; Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines in a changing and fast paced work environment; Keeps supervisor and others informed of progress. Takes responsibility for own actions, results and mistakes.

Fuji Food Products is a leading manufacturer and nationwide distributor of fresh savory foods. We are the largest manufacturer and distributor of packaged sushi in the country. Under recognized brands such as Fujisan, and Okami, among others; our products include salads, sandwiches, wraps, platters, rice bowls, organic edamame, spring rolls, veggie burgers and other appetizing grab-and-go meals and snacks. These fresh healthy products can be found in airports, convenience stores, major grocery stores, club format stores and other retail locations across 45 states. The Company has three production facilities and 7 major distribution centers. All corporate manufacturing facilities are fully USDA, FDA and GFSI certified.

We recognize that our success depends on the loyalty and commitment of individual employees who work together as a team to accomplish goals. We offer employees a safe, friendly, team-oriented environment where employees can learn, grow and succeed at meeting challenging yet realistic performance objectives in a supportive environment.  
 
BENEFITS:
We offer competitive pay; Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance; voluntary coverage (STD, LTD, Critical Illness, Accident); an Employee Assistance Program (EAP); a 401k retirement savings plan; Sick, Vacation and Holiday Pay, plus a great working environment, a culture of trust and growth opportunities for our employees.

 

EEO EMPLOYER/VET/DISABLED

We appreciate your interest in Fuji Food Products, part of the Meruelo Group. We are an equal opportunity employer. The Company will provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, gender, genetic information, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by federal or state law. We also prohibit harassment of applicants and employees based on any of these protected categories. When completing this application, you may exclude information that would disclose or otherwise reference your race, religion, age, sex, genetic information, veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by federal or state law. If you have any questions or need assistance or any accommodation in completing this application, please contact your local Fuji Food Products HR Department at http://www.fujifood.com/contact.html. 

Requisition ID 1062

 

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