Date : March 6, 2017
Position : R&D Technologist – CQI
Reports to: Senior Director of Craft, Quality
Location: Watsonville, CA
The R&D Technologist supports innovation and
research initiatives as a member of the CQI team and leads some research
projects as a project leader. This individual assists in the development
of benchtop formulas and plant trial initiatives to ensure consistent
quality and cost targets are achieved. The R&D Technologist assists
in developing and maintaining product specifications to ensure that the
target product is able to be manufactured successfully and profitably.
This position may also assess ingredients, formulas and specifications
for regulatory compliance and/or conduct sensory evaluation tests based
on individual project goals. This position collaborates cross
functionally with numerous operational stakeholders including marketing,
sales, operations, procurement, finance, and other CQI team members to
ensure CQI priorities are delivered.
- Supports CQI team in research
and prototyping needs to develops new products from concept through
- Supports CQI team in research
and prototyping needs to optimize existing products for improved
consumer experience, cost, scale, and/or efficiency.
- Conducts analysis of critical
attributes throughout the research and shelf life processes,
including but not limited to pH, titratable
acidity, and microbiological analysis.
- Conducts formulation and
evaluation of prototypes as necessary to support CQI initiatives.
- Conducts or supports plant
trials to achieve product viability in the manufacturing
- Uses food science expertise
to advise and/or troubleshoot problems with existing or new items.
- Uses scientific method to
define problems and test/validate hypotheses.
- Prepares and administers
sensory evaluation of prototypes and samples to support CQI
- Reviews ingredients,
formulas, and specifications for label compliance.
- Trains front line staff and
implements new methods as necessary to ensure product specifications
are achieved in manufacturing at all times.
- Manages shelf life evaluation
projects to ensure that products meet consumer expectations
throughout the duration of the product shelf life.
- May co-author new product
brief, vendor brief, plant trial brief, raw product specifications,
finished product specifications, ingredient lists, and
- Communicates and collaborates
regularly with Farmhouse Culture management and peers regarding CQI
initiative status, hurdles, risks, and achievements.
- Prepares and ships R&D
samples to strategic partners.
- Conducts equipment
calibration, inventory management, and laboratory housekeeping
- May directly or indirectly
supervise other CQI employees as well as hourly staff during
experiments, sample production, plant trials and first production
runs of new products.
- Participates in front-end
innovation work as well as competitive product research.
- Actively contributes
solutions and new ideas.
- Maintains employee safety,
GMP, SQF standards and good laboratory practices at all times.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Laboratory experience, basic
laboratory technique, aseptic technique, good laboratory practices
- Experience developing and
commercializing certified organic and non-GMO project verified food
- Experience participating in
plant trials or food manufacturing.
- Experience evaluating
- Ability to record, organize,
and interpret data
- Ability to communicate
effectively in English to a diverse set of stakeholders in oral and
written communication forms. Ability to communicate in Spanish is a
- Demonstrated computing skills
using business software such as Microsoft Office Suite,
Genesis/ESHA, and other business software.
- Knowledge of food quality and
food safety systems; 21CFR, USDA NOP, SQF, HACCP, FSMA
- Demonstrated time management,
prioritization and project management skills
- The ability to take direction
and work independently as well as collaboratively
- Record keeping, attention to
detail, and cost control
- Self-motivated, creative and
- Critical thinking and idea
- Resilience in a rapidly
- Must have a positive attitude
- Must love food
- Must have a sense of humor
Education & Experience:
- Bachelor of Science in Food
Science, Fermentation Science, Microbiology, or equivalent.
- Minimum 1
year food manufacturing experience or equivalent
Physical Demands & Work
- Office, lab, manufacturing
and warehouse environments
- Must be able to ascend and
descend building stairways and ramps to reach job assignments and
perform tasks required in job description.
- Position requires frequent
sitting or standing for long periods of time with occasional
reaching, walking, lifting, grasping, bending and twisting.
- Must be capable of
understanding work instructions in English, both oral and written.
- Must be able to distinguish
colors in order to perform analysis
- Must be able to work
over-time and weekends as needed
- Occasional travel required
About Farmhouse Culture:
Farmhouse Culture, a leader in probiotic rich foods
creates an innovative range of foods, beverages and snacks built on a
foundation of lactic acid fermentation. Farmhouse Culture brand products
are inspired by global flavors using the finest local and organic
ingredients in Watsonville, CA, along California’s Central Coast. Founded
in 2008 by Kathryn Lukas, a trained chef and fermentation enthusiast,
Farmhouse Culture’s ferments appeal to the growing demand for simple,
great tasting, probiotic rich foods. To learn more about Farmhouse
Culture, visit: www.FarmhouseCulture.com
Applicants may forward resume and
cover letter to: R&D Food Technologist farmhouseculture.jobs
Job Type: Full-time
- food manufacturing: 1 year