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R&D Technical Services Technologist (Contractor)

Research & Development (Food/Beverage) | Emeryville, CA, United States


This is a unique opportunity to make an impact in a fast growing, mission-based consumer products company in the food industry. Plum, PBC is looking to add a contracted R&D Technical Services Technologist to our growing team, reporting to the Sr. R&D Manager.  This is a great opportunity for someone who is eager to learn and grow with our company.


The R&D Technical Services Technologist will have accountability for creating and managing R&D documentation systems that support product and packaging development through managing information transfers from benchtop to commercialization.  This role will also help support ongoing ingredient composition and formula composition reviews through close interaction with our suppliers and Plum Regulatory. Strong communication is needed, as this role will interact often with suppliers, manufacturing locations, and the cross-functional technical teams.  Assignments are of moderate complexity and technical risk that could be a part of a larger effort and may be a part of a larger multidisciplinary team. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support Product & Package development team in establishing analytical specs, based on data analysis, and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Ensure integrity of Genesis ingredient database through development of supplier interface tool to aid in efficient information gathering for new and existing ingredients
  • Assess viability of supplier information as it relates to ingredient composition, nutrition values, and allergens
  • Manage updates to product formulation and labeling system (Genesis) with guidance from Plum Regulatory, including ingredient composition & nutrition updates from suppliers, allergen profiles from QA, and formula composition updates as requested by Product Development
  • Support development of data interfaces between existing and future systems
  • Support ongoing analytical needs via close interaction with Campbell Soup and outside labs
  • Support on-going maintenance of supply chain quality management system (GSQA) and resources planning-data integration system (SAP)
  • Leverage system knowledge to organize and streamline different types of technical documentation for enhanced department efficiency
  • Coach new R&D users on best practices of Genesis, GSQA and SAP systems
  • Communicate closely with Packaging, Product Development, Regulatory Affairs, QA, and Marketing to maintain up-to-date project information and priorities
  • Assist in the basic research of trends and ingredients 


  • Minimum 1-4 years in the F&B industry
  • BS Degree in Food Science or Nutrition
  • Basic understanding of FDA and USDA regulations, and ideally some experience with Organic and Kosher foods
  • Detail oriented, strong organizational and communication skills with experience working in cross-functional teams
  • Proficiency in MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, and Genesis
  • Preferred working knowledge of Optiva 

Personal Characteristics

  • An Innovator – You are passionate about the world of design and innovation. You bring a unique perspective from your experiences and your observations in the world around you.
  • A Creative Problem Solver – You have a creative bent and you love taking on challenges with a fresh perspective and creative mind.
  • An Action Oriented Doer – Someone who is driven by results. Someone who strongly believes in accountability. A task oriented self-starter who stays calm under pressure and proactively takes on big ideas and projects.
  • Hands On – Someone humble enough to tackle low level mundane tasks some days and then drive high-level strategic discussions the next. Someone who is hungry to learn and take on more responsibility as the company grows.
  • A Collaborator – One who works well with teams, and can listen while still sharing a strong point of view.
  • An Optimist – Someone with a can-do attitude, who can lead in the face of uncertainty, and with a great sense of humor. 

Who we are – Plum, PBC – Emeryville, California

Plum, PBC is home to Plum Organics, a values-driven company committed to nourishing the next generation with great tasting, nutritious food from high chair to lunchbox. Plum, PBC is a group of extremely passionate people that truly love what they do and why they do it. They are parents, aunts, uncles, big brothers… tooth fairies. They are curious connoisseurs and joy seeking foodies that have come together to discover, celebrate & create all things healthy, inventive & yum. 

For more information, visit You can also follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@plumorganics). 

Plum, PBC is committed to providing equal opportunity for employees and applicants in all aspects of the employment relationship, without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.


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