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Food Technologist – Bay Area, CA
Berber Food Manufacturing dba Mi Rancho –





Job Summary

JOB TITLE: Food Technologist

STATUS: Exempt, At Will

REPORTS TO: Director of R&D



This position will be responsible for new innovation and maintenance and enhancement of existing products in the tortilla category. This individual will interact directly with operations, finance, sales and marketing regarding all aspects of the new product development. Extensive interfacing with manufacturing is required during the project implementation phase and when executing cost savings projects. Emphasis on the ability to operate independently and be highly adaptable to change.

Responsibilities and Duties

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Fully responsible for the development and implementation of new products, both from customer and marketing requests using internal and external resources. This includes developing new project processes and parameters.
  • Fully responsible for the interpretation of customer product requirements.
  • Manage shelf life testing process. Gather, validate, and manage data entry for each shelf life test that is conducted by R&D. Share results with all involved in each project.
  • Manage/Oversee product testing, including the pre-batching of ingredients.
  • Manage the “Plant Test Form” for each test. Document and record results. Update database and maintain hard copies with accurate and current information.
  • Responsible for monitoring and validating the manufacturing process during plant tests.
  • Fully responsible for the complete analysis of Finished Products after plant test is completed while recording the information in the appropriate systems or files using scientific and food related knowledge.
  • Responsible for preparing products for sensory evaluations. Completing and updating records with pertinent information.
  • Understand and develop nutritional information and label declarations as well as regulatory compliance with governmental agencies by researching and confirming the information.
  • Responsible for identifying target product formulations, prototype development, on-site commercialization at the manufacturing site, and preparation of all technical documentation by direct interfacing with the sales and marketing team.
  • Provide technical services to customers in conjuction with Sales and Marketing using scientific and food related knowledge.
  • Develop an extensive understanding of existing production capabilities at selected sites.
  • Fully responsible for the execution of line extensions, cost optimization, and quality improvements.
  • Participate in New Concept Development programs.
  • Develop, complete and update external customer specifications, new product information and internal specifications and technical data sheets.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • BS/MS in Food Science, Cereal Science or related discipline.
  • Strong bakery product development and formulation experience.
  • Must have the ability to manage new and multiple projects from conception to commercialization.
  • 1-3 years of experience in fresh/frozen baked goods preferred.
  • Must have a basic understanding of nutritional information and label declaration.
  • Must have basic understanding of regulatory compliance with governmental agencies.
  • Must have proficient communications skills both verbal and written.
  • Management/supervisory experience a plus.
  • Must have proficient math skills.
  • Must have proficient analytical skills.
  • Must have proficient problem-solving skills.
  • Must have proficient time management and organizational skills.
  • Must have proficient training, coaching, and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be an excellent team player.
  • Must be self-motivated.
  • Must be computer literate – Word, Excel, Project, Genesis, etc. Must be able to learn and work with company ERP system.
  • Must be able to fulfill essential job function in a consistent state of alertness and safe manner.

Working Conditions

  • Will work in front of a computer for a period of time, continual walking and standing on hard surfaces, climbing and descending steps.
  • Continual bending, stooping, reaching, pulling, pushing, and lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Exposed to cool, hot temperatures and noise.
  • Will be required to work modified schedules including weekends and overtime when and as needed based on R&D activity.
  • Less than 10% travel.


Mi Rancho offers a rich benefit plan that includes Kaiser, Dental, Vision, and 401K.

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

Job Location:

  • Bay Area, CA


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