Los Angeles, CA
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.
information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.