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Senior Food Scientist - Tualatin, OR




Shift: Office


Position Summary:

Responsible for the research and development function of assigned new natural/organic products and the maintenance of existing products.  Responsible to provide answers to technical questions regarding our products or processes. 


Essential Functions

        Establish formulas and procedures for new products.

        Modify and improve existing products as directed.

        Research equipment and ingredients needed for processing of new products.

        Coordinate product implementation/scale-up at PFO and co-packers.

        Coordinate and communicate technical product information to other departments.

        Provide cost information regarding new products and formulation changes.

        Prepare nutritional analysis information.


Secondary Functions

        Test competitive products.

        Attend seminars, food shows, and events as required.

        Diagnose product related problems that arise in production.

        Assist with consumer and customer information.

        Organize working environment.

        Ensure food safety and quality protocols are followed. 

        Responsible for reporting food safety issues to their supervisor and or QA

        Perform other duties as assigned.


Supervisory responsibilities:  This position is not supervisory in nature.


Knowledge, skills and abilities: 

        Technical knowledge in the composition and functionality of food systems. 

        Culinary skills/experience, preferably in a commercial or food manufacturing environment.

        Computer skills: Word, Excel, and Outlook, and Genesis.

        Organizational skills and the ability to prioritize.

        Interpersonal verbal communication and advanced math skills.

        Creativity and problem analysis skills.

        Decision making.

        Ability to read, write, speak and understand English. 

        Physical activities require standing, walking, bending, and some lifting.

        Physical ability to taste test all of our products




Minimum Qualifications: 

The position requires a Bachelorís Degree or equivalent specializing in Food Science, Culinology, or related field.  Ideal candidate will have both food science knowledge and culinary experience, and five or more years of relevant experience in a food manufacturing setting.


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