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Food Technologist

Kent, WA
Oberto Brands




Oberto Brands, known for our high quality, delicious meat snacks are currently hiring ≠ at our Kent, Washington Headquarters.


The Food Technologist is responsible for new product development activities and project management.



        Responsible for product/process development to meet stated targets or gold standards, including flavor, texture, quality, cost, and any other parameters defined.  May include new product development and/or redevelopment/reformulation of products and/or processes. 

        Drafts routine experimental designs without assistance. Can readily utilize statistics in designing and interpreting experimental results.

        Individual is self-motivated and requires some supervision.

        Scales-up products from benchtop to the pilot plant with some assistance required for commercial production scale-up. Recommends equipment to complete the project. Recommends processing procedures on new and existing products to ensure food safety and fulfilling shelf-life requirements.

        Adapts and utilizies most existing technologies for routine research; may develop some new technologies.

        Identifies primary experimental variables with minimal assistance.

        Demonstrates a complete knowledge of all available food ingredients; identifies and evaluates potential new ingredients. Rapidly formulates most food products with minimal assistance.

        Knowledgeable of USDA, FDA and other local, state and federal laws and makes sure that the company stays within compliance. Generates food labels with all information generated.

        Exhibits a professional attitude at all times; demonstrates a cooperative demeanor and willingness to help others.

        Directs and monitors the activities of any technician assigned to him/her. Responsible for training and motivating subordinates.

        Designs and executes shelf-life tests with minimal assistance; interprets the results with minimal assistance.

        Utilizes, designs and interprets a wide variety of sensory testing techniques. Utilizes sensory services within and outside the company.

        Proactively identifies and recommends cost savings projects.

        Drafts quality control standards and specifications of finished products and ingredients used with minimal assistance.

        Utilizes an integrated, efficient approach with no assistance to solve difficult technical problems by properly conducting a literature search and review, identifying major variables, developing a hypothesis, drafting effective experimental designs, precisely executing experimental designs, skillfully interpreting results and initiating actions based on those results to solve the problem.

        Proficient in using Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Sharepoint and Outlook as well as Genesis nutritional labeling software.

        Documents work and discoveries via laboratory notebook, R&D computer database (sharepoint), R&D Central Filing System, and other systems used by the department to develop and maintain complete project documentation.

        Hires, coaches, evaluates, and schedules a Food Technician.   Provides direction and oversight to the Food Technician.  Responsible for maintaining adequately trained team member to accomplish R&D requirements.

        Follow established programs, policies, and practices to produce safe quality foods that meet regulatory and company requirements.

        Maintain accountability to Oberto Brands Food Safety and Quality Principles.

        Support the development, implementation, maintenance, and ongoing improvement of the SQF 2000 Systems.




        Bachelorís degree in Food Science/Technology, Meat Science or related field required.

        3-5 years of experience in food product development/formulation.

        Experience and or advanced degree (M.S., Ph.D.) will be considered in lieu of experience.

        Interest in food and ability to cook are required.  Experience and/or education in cooking or culinary skills are a plus.


ABOUT OBERTO:  Oberto offers a creative environment filled with other talented people. We are committed to rewarding our teammates for their hard work, enthusiasm and professional excellence. Company perks include:

        Competitive salaries

        Annual performance incentive

        401K Plan with company match

        Excellent benefits including: medical, dental, vision, prescription coverage, short term and long term disability and life insurance.


TO APPLY:  Go to to see the full posting and to apply for the position.  Please include a resume with your application. 

Oberto Sausage Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Should you have a disability that requires assistance and / or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources department at (253) 437-6100.

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