R&D - Food
Scientist - Sacramento, CA
Blue Diamond Growers
Rate (if applicable):
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.
- 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
- 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 level of education required
- Bachelor's Degree in Food
Science, Microbiology, Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering
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
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
- 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
- Experience working with cross
functional business teams to develop and commercialize new
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
- Familiarity with FDA labeling
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
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