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Sr. R&D Food Technologist - Eugene, OR
Attune Foods





Research & Development SRRDF03742



    • Posted: January 24, 2018
  • Full-Time
·         Eugene, OR

At Attune Foods, what matters most is what’s inside. That includes our caring and dedicated employees. We believe if you use quality ingredients that are consistently crafted by caring and talented team members, what results is high quality organic and Non-GMO granolas, cereals and snacks that are naturally delicious and nutritious. Attune Foods LLC, a subsidiary of Post Holdings, Inc., is proudly located in the Pacific Northwest in beautiful Eugene, Oregon. The Food Technologist is responsible for leading R&D innovation and commercialization with an emphasis on supporting the development of granola and innovative products beyond the current product portfolio. The successful candidate will develop product formulas, processing procedures, and raw material and finished good specifications for new innovative products that extend the companies reach beyond current offerings and establish points of difference with customers and consumers. The Food Tech will also create lab prototypes, raw material, finished good and processing specifications and production formulas.


The ideal candidate will also have strong interpersonal, communication, teamwork, time management and organizational skills, will be highly motivated, self-directed and accountable, and will have the ability to work effectively with all levels of staff across the organization.


If you're looking for a career in an exciting company poised for growth, as an active and participating member of a cohesive and dynamic team, then this may be the opportunity for you!  Please apply online at


Job duties may include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Work with business leaders to identify emerging trends and areas of opportunity for break through innovation. Facilitate and foster the ideation of possible new products with an emphasis on establishing points of difference versus competitors, high nutrition/health/wellness, food safety/quality, creativity, and passion for food.
  • Plan, execute, and manage the development of prototype products in lab from product development concepts including but not limited to sourcing of new raw materials, packaging materials and research into new product/process/packaging technologies. Maintain stringent technical and experimental documentation.
  • Formulate, recommend and execute research programs for improvement and cost reduction of existing products, the development of new products, processes and raw materials, and development of new business applications for existing core technologies. Consult with customers, sales and marketing, and operations on new product requirements and provide updates via work progress reports.
  • Design and implement production test plans and approve new products and processes. Coordinate production tests with Operations and QA.
  • Ensure all products meet internal and external guidelines for nutrition, regulatory affairs, and food labeling.
  • Conduct stability tests for all new products and packaging confirming shelf life. Conduct research as required to extend shelf life of new or existing products or test new materials. Maintain all shelf life studies and documentation.
  • Organize and facilitate needed sensory evaluations and consumer taste panels. Utilize consumer insights to improve product formulation.
  • Provide oral and written progress updates to stakeholders and business leaders. Must be able to clearly articulate technical product information in a format that is understandable to non-technical audiences.


Required Competencies & Knowledge:


Knowledge of:

    • Clean, pure, simple ingredients
    • Extrusion
    • Cereal category
    • Sensory
    • Consumer testing
    • Consumer trends in ingredients and nutrition
    • Food safety, HACCP, and quality regulations and programs
    • Working knowledge of the Code of Federal Regulations

Skill in:

  • Product development
    • Product research
  • Project management
    • Time management
    • Planning and organizational skills
    • Analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Strong math, computer, basic scientific and statistical skillsCreating, rapid prototyping, development and commercialization of ideas

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Work with cross-functional teams
  • Work with a strong attention towards detail, in observation and documentation
  • Manage multiple projects
  • Document investigations, testing and lab procedures accurately
  • Follow written and scientific procedures and trouble shoot production problems within the context of written guidelines or directives.  
  • Safely work in a variety of environments including office, laboratory, and/or manufacturing plant settings where occupational noise and other hazards may exist.

Proficiency in:  

  • MS Office Suite, Oracle, Access, Genesis

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • BS Food Technology, Biochemistry/Microbiology or related scientific field and/or minimum 5 years full time R&D work preferred but not required.  
  • Previous production, product development and cooking experience beneficial.
  • Previous experience in an analytical laboratory.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience could be qualifying.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


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