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R&D - Food Scientist - Sacramento, CA
Blue Diamond Growers

 

 

 

 

Sacramento, CA

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         Job Details:

Work Shift:

Day

Pay Type:

Salary

Hourly Rate (if applicable):

N/A

Job Summary:

Works at the lab bench, utilizing knowledge of food ingredients, food science, and consumer marketing insights to identify and develop new almond products and formulas to meet customer and business unit product strategies. Then scales up lab prototypes, through pilot plant production, and full commercialization. Further, the Food Scientist conducts shelf life, sensory, product performance, and quality attribute testing of products as part of the development process, culminating in all new product technical information including production specifications. The Food Scientist also actively participates in innovation activities and contribute to the development of new product strategies and ideas.

Job Description:

                                                                              

    • Works at the lab bench utilizing knowledge of food ingredients, food science, and consumer marketing insights to identify and develop new almond products and formulas to meet customer and business unit product strategies and requirements.
    • Organizes and manages new products ideas and concepts from lab prototype samples through pilot plant production and full commercialization.
    • Develops the processing and technical requirements needed for scale up. Coordinate first production run product evaluations and approvals.
    • Actively participates in innovation activities and contributes to the development of new product strategies and ideas.
    • Identifies and recommends new applicable technologies to management.
    • Manages product development technical relationship with internal and external customers.
    • Assumes the role of an innovator and project leader demonstrating initiative, creativity, and thoroughness in the execution of complex projects.
    • Conduct shelf life, sensory, product performance, and quality attribute testing of products as part of the development process.
    • Generates new product technical information including production specifications.
    • Sources new food ingredients. Develop and document new food ingredient specifications.
    • Assists Regulatory with development of nutrition facts, allergen labeling and ingredient declaration.
    • Provides ongoing technical support to Marketing and Sales for new product introductions; prepares product sales samples.
    • This job description reflects managementís assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS                                                                    

Minimum level of education required 

    • Bachelor's Degree in Food Science, Microbiology, Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering

Minimum number of year(s) of experience required in addition to education plus type(s) of functional experience

    • 2 years  of food and beverage product development experience in a food manufacturing environment

Other required type(s) of functional experience (e.g. Production/Operations, Accounting, Forklift Operator, Inventory Control, etc.)

    • Sound working knowledge of food science principles, GMP, HACCP, food safety, sanitary practices and regulations.
    • Ability to utilize Word and Excel computer software. Knowledge of Genesis, SAP PLM, and SharePoint software a plus.
    • Hands on lab bench experience developing food products.
    • Experience operating typical laboratory food processing equipment and instruments used in product development, with high level of quality, accuracy and quantity of analysis work.
    • Experience working with cross functional business teams to develop and commercialize new food/beverage products.

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES (Specialized education, specific software experience, etc.)

    • Practice in New Product Development, commercial food processing, agricultural products, project management, quality management, regulatory affairs, technical report writing, and ingredient sourcing are all plusses but not mandatory. 
    •  Familiarity with FDA labeling regulations.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Primarily office work.  At times hands on work in a food development laboratory and manufacturing environment may be required.  The incumbent must to be able to climb stairs/ladders and work on elevated platforms.      

Bachelors (Required)

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