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Food Technologist

Los Angeles, CA

Company Description

Gourmet Food, that’s what Huxtable’s set out to create in 1981, when we first began preparing signature dishes and sauces for local specialty markets. Truth is, our delicious, award winning products are still made in small batches with the finest ingredients available.

Today, Huxtable’s is one of the nation’s premier manufacturers in the home meal replacement category, creating fresh entrees, side dishes, appetizers, soups and holiday meals, for many of the premier specialty, grocery, club stores and restaurants nationwide. With over 200 restaurant quality SKUs we offer traditional American menu items, ethnic food options such as Italian, Mexican and Asian favorites.

As a result of close ties with our sister company, Pasta Kitchen, we are able to produce product on both coasts to ensure maximum quality and freshness. Our geographic reach extends from coast to coast, across all of North America, allowing us to service National and International programs.

Job Description

This position supports Technical Services Team initiatives by supporting product development projects from concept to commercialization. Responsibilities include documentation, finalization and scale-up of product formulas (both new products and revisions), conducting product testing, preparing R&D samples and supporting plant trials. This position reports to the Technical Services Director.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTION:

  • Act as liaison between NPD chefs/food scientists in the concept test kitchen and Technical Services/Production teams to facilitate the successful commercialization of new product concepts, product improvements and/or cost savings objectives.
  • Observe, test, document and finalize test kitchen product formulas to effectively scale-up and transition the product formula to the plant manufacturing environment.
  • Actively participate in weekly trial / launch team meetings
  • Coordinate plant trials in a timely manner according to issued trial schedule, including:
    • Develop preliminary work instructions reviewed by supervisor prior to trial execution
    • Coordinate set-up of accounting / work order system to support trial execution
    • Monitor, record, analyze and report plant trial data to meet trial objectives
    • Coordinate provision and sensory evaluation of kitchen “gold standards” against products made in plant trials
  • Assist with 1st production start-ups, including:
    • Assist Technical Services with timely finalization of work instructions
    • Provide training to Production / Quality Control personnel as needed
  • Assist with auditing product performance and adherence to manufacturing procedures after product launch.
  • Perform product quality testing as needed to support development or monitor product performance.
  • Coordinate organization, storage of equipment/materials and clean-up of R&D facilities
  • Perform various administrative duties, such as sample management, data entry, and shipping
  • Occasional overnight travel
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor
  • Adhere to GMP’s, Standard Operating Procedures, and Safety Regulations consistently
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science / Nutrition, Biology, Chemistry or related science field and 2-3 years of experience in food or beverage manufacturing.
  • Working within a laboratory environment
  • Working knowledge of food manufacturing, quality and food safety systems, sanitation, allergens, SOP’s and safety protocols
  • Effective computer skills using MS Office products
  • Able to accept and interpret direction competently and professionally
  • Able to perform tasks independently and as part of a team to accomplish goals.
  • Effectively manage priorities and dynamic deadlines
  • Self-motivated, flexible and positive in a fast-paced business environment
  • Efficient time management and communication
  • Food science knowledge
  • Technical writing and effective communication skills
  • Ability to work in accordance with safety and food safety policies
  • Interpersonal and team skills for working with employees at all levels within the company
  • Able to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Work in an environment with medium level safety risks.
  • Work unusual hours as required to accomplish job tasks.
  • Effective English language literacy; oral and written communication skills. Bilingual Spanish/English is a plus.

Additional Information

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

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