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Food Scientist

Quality San Francisco, California



Food Scientist

Product/Process Commercialization Lead

This position is with Harmless Harvest, Inc., an independently owned, progressive food and beverage company.  The position is located at the San Francisco headquarter location. 


Harmless Harvest is passionate about creating products with superior consumer preference.  This position will lead the technical scale up of product concepts from culinary prototype to full scale commercial manufacture.  The role will then drive improvements for existing products including the evaluation of new materials, processes and technologies.


Principle Responsibilities:

  • Qualify new ingredients suppliers and contract manufacturers for food safety and quality systems including document review and site audits as necessary.
  • Qualify new ingredients for functionality and quality.
  • Create preliminary food safety plan for new products.
  • Manage technical aspects of label development including all elements of the information panel and claims support.
  • Lead technical aspects of product scale up from culinary concept to full scale commercial manufacturing including.
  • Provide quality and technical support for new product design and existing product optimization to assure that both consumer preference and food safety objectives are achieved.
  • Provide technical guidance for product and process problem resolution.
  • Lead evaluation and development of appropriate processing technology to meet design objectives.
  • Validate process for food safety requirements and consumer preference criteria with support of QA Director and microbiology resources. 
  • Design verification strategies for product manufacture.
  • Develop and validate testing/monitoring methods as required.
  • Support commercialization scale up at manufacturing locations, US and International.
  • Maintain associated documents and records.


Additional Responsibilities

  • This position will support product review and release for US operations.
  • May function as project manager for development of key products.
  • Support financial analysis of new processes and technologies.
  • The position may support design of new lines and/or facilities.
  • This position will provide on-site support to manufacturing locations.
  • This position may support operations of HH Thailand and other affiliates as well as HH US.


Principle Relationships

  • The role is a part of the Quality Assurance function.  It supports food safety, product reliability and consumer preference objectives.
  • This role supports the Product Development team in creating product prototypes, and is supported by the Product Development team in bringing those prototypes to full scale operation. 
  • The role is responsible to help Project Management to create and meet appropriate schedules and time lines for business objectives. 
  • The role collaborates with Operations in selection and management of Contract Manufacturing partners or in the design and installation of Harmless Harvest manufacturing facilities. 
  • Additionally, the role will support the Finance function with cost and budget information for projects and project returns.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • BS or MS degree in Food Science, Microbiology, Engineering or related technical field.
  • Minimum 2 years of quality assurance and/or product development experience. 
  • Knowledge of HACCP, Food Safety Management, Statistical analysis and Food Microbiology.
  • Familiarity with a range of food ingredients and processes strongly preferred.
  • Experience with one or more non-thermal processing technologies preferred.
  • Experience in process validation is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with Aseptic or ESL packaging is preferred.
  • Completion of Better Process Control School is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with food packaging is preferred.


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including ability to represent the company needs when dealing with vendors, contract manufacturers and other departments within the corporation.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Excellent computer skills in Outlook, Word, Excel, Access.

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to periodically lift, push and pull 50+ pounds, stand, walk, kneel, bend, and reach for extended periods of time.



  • This position will require travel to testing laboratories, manufacturing locations and business partners as projects require, between 30 and 60%.  Travel will not normally be on short notice, and will vary with project phases and timing.


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