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Director - Product Development, Research and Food Science (Food Technologist) – Phoenix, AZ
Sprouts Farmers Market





Job Location US-AZ-Phoenix


Store Support Staff (Corporate/Field Support)

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The Director - Product Development, Research and Food Science (Food Technologist) provides technical and scientific leadership for product development and quality support functions to assure safety and quality of all product sold at Sprouts. This individual monitors the quality of private label products and ensures Sprouts’ suppliers develop and commercialize products according to the company’s food safety, quality, and regulatory compliance requirements. The Director, Food Science, demonstrates the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety. This individual is the company leader on ingredient and ethical standards, and strategy, while utilizing knowledge of food ingredients, food science, and consumer marketing insights to identify products and formulas to meet customer and business product strategies, in partnership with merchandising.  Further, the director measures, advises and enforces agreed upon execution of ingredient and ethical practices across all fresh, private label and branded products. The director also actively participates in innovation activities and contributes to the development of new product strategies and ideas.

Essential Functions

  • Serve as subject matter expert on ingredient standards, regulatory affairs, and product development processes for all fresh, private label, and branded products sold at Sprouts.
  • Partner with Merchant Team and provide strategic and technical guidance to continue developing and enhancing Sprouts’ ingredient standards and positioning statements.
  • Partner with Sustainability Team to ensure products sourced adhere to Sprouts’ sustainability standards (i.e., ethically and environmentally conscious)
  • Partner with Food Safety Team to ensure regulatory compliance for new and existing products (e.g., ensure clear label standards for in-store generated scale labels).
  • Perform routine supplier site visits to inspect food processing areas and ensure compliance with regulatory and Sprouts’ standards (e.g., sanitation, safety, quality, and waste management).
  • Develop and document food ingredient specifications, nutrition facts, allergen labeling, and ingredient declarations.
  • Manage product ingredients and formulas within Sprouts’ database.
  • Keep company abreast of new ingredients, technologies, and national/international trends, and recommend for consideration where appropriate.
  • Develop and administer Sprouts’ private label vendor certification programs.
  • Develop internal QA/Quality control program for Private Label products using sensory and nutritional analysis to reduce cost and improve quality.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Physical Requirements

  • This position requires a B.S. degree or higher in Science (e.g., Food Science, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Packaging, Nutrition) or Engineering (Chemical, Biomedical, etc.).
  • A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in food research, food product development, dietary supplements/body care and/or food regulatory compliance (FDA, FSMA, DSHEA, USDA, etc) is required.
  • A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the food retail sector is highly preferred.
  • Sound working knowledge of food science principles, GMP, HACCP, food safety, sanitary practices and regulations.
  • Experience working with cross-functional business teams and suppliers.
  • Proven ability to develop food and beverage products that exceed customer expectations.
  • Ability to communicate complex technical information in a clear and concise manner, in both written and verbal forms, to audiences of differing technical understanding.
  • Strong communication, analytical, and problem solving skills.


In addition to a rewarding career, Sprouts offers a comprehensive program to help support you and your family. These programs include:

  • Competitive pay
  • Opportunities for career growth
  • 15% discount for you and one other family member in your household on all purchases made at Sprouts
  • Flexible schedules
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Eligibility requirements may apply for the following benefits:
  • 401(K) Retirement savings plan with a generous company match
  • Affordable benefit coverage, including medical, dental vision
  • Pre-tax Flexible Spending Accounts for healthcare and dependent care
  • Company paid life insurance and short-term disability coverage

Why Sprouts

Grow with us!

If you have a passion for inspiring people and a flair for fresh food, consider applying for a job at Sprouts! With a focus on customer service, our neighborhood grocery stores offer high-quality, farm fresh produce, natural meats, plenty of scoop-your-own bulk goods and much more in a fun, friendly, old-fashioned farmer’s market setting.  Come grow your career in healthy living with a fast-paced, rapidly growing company and teams that pride themselves on empowering others along their journey.



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Sprouts’ management reserves the right to amend and change duties, responsibilities, and requirements to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.




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