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Food Technologist Ė Salem, OR




Diamond Foods



OR - Salem






This position supports Research and Development (R&D) initiatives by supporting product development projects from concept to commercialization.  Responsibilities include formulation of new products, conducting product testing, preparing R&D samples and supporting plant trials. This position reports to the Senior Food Scientist with dotted line reporting to supervising Food Scientists.    




         Create prototypes  and execute experiements to support R&D evaluations. 

         Perform product quality testing

         Manage R&D sample documents

         Assist in facilitation of in-house and contracted sensory testing, including management of sensory panel samples and standards;  and set up, clean up, and support sensory evaluation meetings

         Participate in production tests to successfully meet project objectives. 

         Accurately records, analyzes and reports data to meet project objectives. 

         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

         Monitor competitor products and development activities.

         Occasional overnight travel

         Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor

         Adhere to GMPís, Standard Operating Procedures, and Safety Regulations consistently.



         Working within a laboratory environment

         Working knowledge of food manufacturing, quality and food safety systems, sanitation, allergens, SOPís 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

         Occasional overnight travel to support R&D project priorities.

         Problem-solving and analytical skills

         Data collection and analysis skills

         Food science knowledge

         Ability to build on otherís ideas

         Technical writing and effective communication skills

         Flexible and positive in a fast-paced business environment

         Ability to work in accordance with safety and food safety policies

         Able to maintain a high level of confidentiality

         Interpersonal and team skills for working with employees at all levels within the company

         Physical Requirements include:

o    Exposed frequently to an environment with high levels of seasoning dust and fumes, heat, humidity and moving machinery.

o    Frequent sitting and repetitive motion with hands with dexterity to key board.

o    Occasional standing, walking, and talking.

o    Infrequent climbing, stooping, bending, reaching and turning/twisting.

o    Infrequent lifting of up to 50 pounds.

         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




         Bachelorís Degree in Food Science and Technology and 1 year of experience in food manufacturing.

         Salty snack, and non-GMO project experience preferred.


We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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