Food Technologist - Kent, WA
This position carries primary responsibility for new product
development activities and project management.
· Responsible for
product/process development to meet stated targets or gold standards,
including flavor, texture, quality, cost, and any other parameters defined.
May include new product development and/or redevelopment/reformulation of
products and/or processes.
· Drafts routine
experimental designs without assistance. Can readily utilize statistics in
designing and interpreting experimental results.
· Individual is
self-motivated and requires some supervision.
· Scales-up products
from benchtop to the pilot plant with some assistance required for
commercial production scale-up. Recommends equipment to complete the
project. Recommends processing procedures on new and existing products to
ensure food safety and fulfilling shelf-life requirements.
· Adapts and utilizies most existing technologies for routine
research; may develop some new technologies.
· Identifies primary
experimental variables with minimal assistance.
· Demonstrates a
complete knowledge of all available food ingredients; identifies and
evaluates potential new ingredients. Rapidly formulates most food products
with minimal assistance.
· Knowledgeable of
USDA, FDA and other local, state and federal laws and makes sure that the
company stays within compliance. Generates food labels with all information
· Exhibits a
professional attitude at all times; demonstrates a cooperative demeanor and
willingness to help others.
· Directs and monitors
the activities of any technician assigned to him/her. Responsible for
training and motivating subordinates.
· Designs and executes
shelf-life tests with minimal assistance; interprets the results with
· Utilizes, designs and
interprets a wide variety of sensory testing techniques. Utilizes sensory
services within and outside the company.
identifies and recommends cost savings projects.
· Drafts quality
control standards and specifications of finished products and ingredients
used with minimal assistance.
· Utilizes an
integrated, efficient approach with no assistance to solve difficult
technical problems by properly conducting a literature search and review,
identifying major variables, developing a hypothesis, drafting effective
experimental designs, precisely executing experimental designs, skillfully
interpreting results and initiating actions based on those results to solve
· Proficient in using
Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Sharepoint and Outlook as well as Genesis nutritional labeling
· Documents work and
discoveries via laboratory notebook, R&D computer database (sharepoint), R&D Central Filing System, and other
systems used by the department to develop and maintain complete project
coaches, evaluates, and schedules a Food Technician. Provides
direction and oversight to the Food Technician. Responsible for maintaining
adequately trained team member to accomplish R&D requirements.
· Follow established
programs, policies, and practices to produce safe quality foods that meet
regulatory and company requirements.
accountability to Oberto Brands Food Safety and
· Support the
development, implementation, maintenance, and ongoing improvement of the
SQF 2000 Systems.
· Performs other
related duties as assigned.
· Investigates new
technologies, ingredients, equipment and processes to the benefit of the
· Aids Operations in
problem solving opportunities and acts as a technical support when
operational issues arise.
· Stays abreast of
emerging trends in the food industry, including the restaurant trade.
· Brings new ideas and
concepts to the organization to further its innovation activities.
· Develops and
maintains excellent relationships with vendors, suppliers, and customers –
both internal and external.
· Bachelor’s degree in
Food Science/Technology, Meat Science or related field required
· 3-5 years of
experience in food product development/formulation.
· Experience and or
advanced degree (M.S., Ph.D.) will be considered in lieu of experience.
· Interest in food and
ability to cook are required. Experience and/or education in cooking or
culinary skills are a plus.