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Chocolate Technologist

Corporate Headquarters - San Leandro, CA



Research & Development

Reporting Relationship

Sr. R&D Manager

Direct Reports


FLSA Status




Job Summary

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The Chocolate Technologist has a background in culinary arts, food science and/or food technology to the creation of new products, innovations and baking recipes/applications, to help achieve company goals and objectives.  The Chocolate Technologist also prepares lab samples, conducts shelf life studies, administers sensory evaluation tests, assists in raw material supplier set up and qualification, maintains accurate development records, assist with factory trials, writes reports and makes recommendations.


Additionally, the Chocolate Technologist supports the PR and promotional activities of the company in media events, culinary demonstrations, and general chocolate education/ training.

 This position, by ensuring compliance with company policies and procedures, is responsible for recommending, developing, implementing and managing safety, quality and food safety on all product lines.

Scope of Responsibilities

Development (90%)

  • Develop new products, innovations, and baking recipes/applications to meet company objectives.
  • Create technical documentation such as: Formulas, recipes, SOPís, COPís, and specifications
  • Create hand/bench top samples of new and existing products
  • Conduct shelf life studies, interpret results and write reports
  • Conduct sensory testing, interpret results and write reports
  • Design and conduct experiments and trials
  • Create technical documentation (QA, COPís, Formulas, Specifications, etc).
  • Keeps current on technical reading, culinary/industry trends and relevant CFR changes


Computer (10%)

  • Prepares graphs or charts of data or enters data into computer for analysis.
  • Evaluates data and writes reports to validate or indicate deviations from existing standards.
  • Prepares impactful visual presentations



Specific Knowledge & Skills

  • Strong culinary background and expertise (confections, bakery)
  • Ability to work accurately, precisely and closely with other team members
  • Strong organizational and multitasking skills
  • Initiative
  • Sound technical/scientific skills
  • Computer skills
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Statistical knowledge
  • Ability to recognize and identify subtle flavor differences in products.

Education & Work Experience

  • BS in food science, food technology, culinary arts or closely related disciplines with 3-4 years of relevant industry experience.
  • 3-5 Chocolate experience required
  • Previous panning (chocolate covered) experience preferred

Working Conditions

  • Ability to travel to various locations across the country or local travel to meetings
  • Rare to Occasional ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.



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