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R&D Food Technologist / Researcher
TMI Trading Corp - Brooklyn, NY




About the Company

TMI began in a 3,000 ft² noodle factory in New York's Chinatown district in 1989 with the mission of creating fresher and better tasting noodles. Within 3 years the company expanded to a 22,000 ft² facility in Brooklyn and eventually added dumplings and other Asian specialties to their product mix. In 2001, TMI Trading was added under the TMI umbrella with the commitment of sharing quality specialty foods from Asian countries such as China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, and Singapore, in the US market, and transforming them into household staples.

Today, TMI employs over 300 people and occupies more than 200,000 ft² in Brooklyn. It is comprised of the brands Twin Marquis, Chef One, and Tang's Natural, each specializing in its own category of goods. Twin Marquis and Chef One are both successful and highly influential brands in the US East Coast Asian food markets, with Twin Marquis specializing in noodles and dumpling wrappers, and Chef One famous for its dumplings. TMI's commitment to fresh, delicious ingredients and innovative product development has made them New York's leading Asian food company.

Job Summary

  • This R&D Food Technologist position is responsible for supporting the development of new products which are in line with the Company’s mission for the U.S. mainstream market, and the continuous improvement of the Company’s existing products to meet market demands.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work in conjunction with Researcher to develop innovative concepts and recipes.
  • Develop products from concepts formed at ideation sessions and execute projects according to business plans and timelines.
  • Improve current products with regard to both cost and quality.
  • Source new ingredients during the product development process and build vendor relationships.
  • Prepare bench top prototypes and analysis using a variety of methods available in the R&D test kitchen.
  • Prepare product specifications, set-up formulas and write technical reports and test run plans.
  • Perform consumer sensory testing and shelf-life studies for pre-launch products.
  • Monitor current market trends via trade journals and competitor market trips to predict future focus, and submit creative ideas.
  • Ensure strict compliance with food hygiene and safety procedures, as well as food safety regulations.
  • Maintain a clean and organized R&D test kitchen.
  • Independently conduct plant trials at various production facilities.


  • Graduate Degree in Food Science with a minimum 2 years of direct experience as Food Technologist.
  • R&D experience working in the Food Manufacturing & Distribution Industry is a plus.
  • Culinary background and/or any form of processed meat such as chilled or frozen cooked meat development experience are strongly preferred.
  • Great work ethic with a positive, can-do attitude.
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills and ability to work cross-functionally with individuals and teams.
  • Excellent communication skills, strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Must be detail-oriented, meticulous and knowledgeable with regard to food hygiene and safety.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Bilingual in English/Chinese or English/Korean preferred.
  • Love for Asian food a plus.

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

Required experience:

  • Food Technologist: 2 years

Required language:

  • English/Chinese or English/Korean


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