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Food Scientist - (170000LA) South Gate, CA







This position is responsible for the development of new products and adaptation of existing products to meet the requirements of SunOpta consumer products and SunOpta customer products.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


      Develop products that meets customers specifications targets from conception to commercialization.

      Research and development of long-term projects and key accounts.

      Manage and complete assigned research & development projects within specified timelines.

      Develop products within cost parameters as required.

      Responsibilities include formulation, bench top, and scale up to full production volume.

      Oversee pilot and start-up, adapting formulas and processes as required.

      Conduct function and/or sensory evaluation on new ingredients, flavors and finished products, including shelf studies.

      Complete required commercialization documents.

      Establish product specifications on new products and update as needed.

      Develop and update nutritionals and other labeling requirements.

      Ensure new products are in compliance with all regulations and certifications.

      Collaborate with technical team on establishing product certifications (ex. organic, non-GMO).

      Work with Procurement to source new quality and cost effective ingredients and complete documentation including specifications on new raw materials.

      Gain and share technical knowledge keeping informed of new technologies, ingredients, products and processes.

      Provide product information and technical support to customers.

      Provide technical support and training to Sales, Quality Assurance and Production departments.

      Effectively communicate with sales and marketing on projects.


Supervisory Responsibilities:





Education and Qualifications:

Minimum of Bachelors degree in Food Science, Nutrition, Chemistry, Biology or related. Min. five years of experience in research and product development.

         Preferred Experience Frozen Fruit or Stabilized Fruit Formulation and Application 

Travel Requirements:

         Estimated 15-20% travel to manufacturing facilities


Work Environment/Physical Demands:

Approximately; 85% of work is performed in an office environment. 15% of work may involve being in the agricultural or manufacturing environment.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice



The Employer is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Employer does not discriminate in employment and no question on this application is used for the purpose of limiting or excusing any applicants consideration

for employment on a basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.


Primary Location

: US-CA-South Gate Plant

Work Locations


South Gate Plant 

12128 Center Street 

 South Gate 90280


: Research & Development


: Corporate


: Full-time


: Day Job

Employee Status

: Regular

Job Type

: Standard


: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Job Posting

: Sep 14, 2017, 11:17:39 PM


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