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Food Technologist - Product Development
Overhill Farms, Inc 2 reviews - Los Angeles, CA 90058





Overhill Farms, is a leading custom manufacturer of high quality prepared frozen foods in the branded retail, private label and food services section. Our custom lines include poultry, meat and fish specialties, pastas, soups, certified organic vegetarian offerings. Our commitment to quality is demonstrated in our becoming the first frozen food manufacturer in the United States to qualify for the Food Safety System Certification, a globally recognized standard.

We are looking for a Temporary Product Development Food Technologist to cover a LOA. While in the position we are looking for a Technologist to apply knowledge of food science principles to design and formulate new product concepts, prototypes and processes in response to customer or internal objectives. Additionally, the Technologist will participate in cross-functional product development activities and provide technical support to chefs and across the business.

Job Responsibilities:

  • At the bench top, develop new and improve existing products in a timely manner and maintain concise documentation of formulas and work papers.
  • Assure that product prototypes meet company cost capacity, quality, marketing and product development requirements.
  • Develop products that comply with customers’ nutritional requirements.
  • Work with operations on trials and initial production runs, developing specific processing methods and as needed maintain product quality levels.
  • Work closely with customers and suppliers in the development of new products and identify, develop and implement new ideas, ingredients and processes.
  • Develop project timelines that are acceptable to the business and accomplish on-time delivery.
  • Work with purchasing and quality to test new ingredients and process concepts.
  • Support the chefs with ingredient functional knowledge to assist in their development of new products.
  • Participate in weekly product development meetings to discuss status and establish priorities of new and current projects.
  • Participate in individual sales and culinary meetings to discuss status, timelines and other concerns regarding specific projects.
  • Provide technical support to sales and their customers, and operations
  • Organize and maintain accurate documentation of all recipes.
  • Generate preliminary product technical data sheets and enter preliminary information into customer product specifications.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Food Science or related field.
  • 3+ years' experience in the food industry in both new product development and commercialization roles.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to achieve results and execute multiple simultaneous projects, meeting deadlines and communicating status.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team based environment with multiple functional groups.
  • Ability to organize and manage projects.
  • Ability to provide work direction to assigned resources.
  • Ability to work independently without immediate supervision.
  • Ability to adapt to frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.

Job Type: Temporary

Job Location:

  • Los Angeles, CA 90058

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

Required experience:

  • Product Development: 3 years
  • food industry: 3 years
  • commercialization: 2 years


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