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R&D Food Technologist - Eden Prairie, MN




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Eden Prairie, MN

Job Type:

QA - Quality Control, Research, Science


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This positions assists in and independently leads some projects. The Food Technologist ensures that foods are produced safely, according to recipes, labeled correctly and made to specification to present accurate nutritional information to provide consumers the necessary information and comply with regulations. This positions creates and maintains documentation for the R&D Department, including recipes, specifications and label forms and others. **This position is a 3 month contract with a mid-May start date.



  • Work on assigned product development projects
    • Contribute new product ideas
    • Build prototypes; validate functionality of prototype in production; conduct sensory evaluations and shelf life tests; guide new prototypes from bench top to production line; conduct various analytical test methods as needed (water activity, mocon, etc).
    • Assist in modifying and improving existing products and recipes. Accurately document and maintain recipes in recipe books and other files.
  • Coordinate microbiological testing of new items with Microbiologists.
  • Record and receive samples from suppliers and manage storage.
  • Closely work with Project Commercialization Manager. Aide in successful execution of bench to plant transition of products.
  • Assist in competitive product research and research experiments and analyze, record and compile test results in presentable format.
  • Assist Regulatory and Compliance Specialist in creating and reviewing product labels in accordance with the FDA & USDA labeling laws. Develop compliant nutritional information, ingredient and allergen statements and other labeling and recipe information for all of our products.
    • Maintain a working knowledge of US food safety regulations and Safe Quality Food (SQF) requirements.
    • Work with Suppliers to maintain and update specs when needed.
  • Accurately update and maintain various records in different databases and spreadsheets.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Food Science, Nutrition or closely related science required.
  • 1-3 years experience in Research and Development, Quality Control or food manufacturing required.
  • Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP's), NLEA (Nutritional Labeling Education Act) and FALCPA (Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act.), SQF (Safe Quality Foods), USDA and FDA guidelines.
  • Significant experience with Microsoft Office Suite: Outlook, Excel, Word.
  • Must be able to work on multiple projects independently at one time, handle deadlines, confidential information and interruptions in the work process.
  • Meticulous attention to detail, especially with regard to food, nutrition, safety and regulatory information.
  • Must be a good observer, noting details and small changes precisely.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to work well with team members.
  • Strong analytical and numerical ability to evaluate data.

Reference number: 55060


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