Technologist - Santa Rosa, CA
Amy's Kitchen, Inc.
The R&D Food Technologist will
be creative, organized and an excellent communicator. They will be
responsible for consulting on process development, product improvement,
scale-up from bench to production and all communication and documentation
between R&D and the other departments. This position reports to the
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND
include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Provides technical expertise
and communicates technical progress for assigned projects
- Plans, organizes and leads
experiments in the laboratory, pilot plant, plant trials and
- Creates and maintains
formulations, specifications, processes, and testing procedures
- Records, compiles and analyzes
test results and writes report
- Understands product cost
drivers and opportunities for improvements
- Manages assigned internal
R&D projects utilizing scientific protocols and food science
- Maintain full and accurate
documentation of all R&D related activities.
- Effective at scale up from
bench to production floor of new products.
- Operates and maintains
instruments essential for gathering information for the development of
new products as well as interpret data from equipment.
- Provides support to the
Operations Team on efficiency initiatives, alternate ingredient testing
and sourcing and validation of new ingredients.
- Interacts with Marketing, Raw
Materials, Planning, Manufacturing, QA and other departments to ensure
proper project execution.
- Effectively communicate and
provide technical support to Sales, Quality Assurance and Production
- Interface with R&D team,
management group, QA and production personnel on as needed basis.
- Manage and complete assigned
research & development projects within specified timelines.
- Oversee pilot and start-up
batches, adapting formulas and processes as required.
- Establish product
specifications on new products and update as needed.
- Ensure new products are in
compliance with all regulations and certifications.
- Effectively communicate with
R&D Manager on projects
- It is the responsibility of all
employees to uphold the mission of the Amy’s Food Safety and Quality
Policy. This includes following all Food Safety and Sustainability
programs and participating in all required training.
This position does not directly
supervise other Amy’s employees.
To perform this job successfully, an
individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The
requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or
ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals
with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Knowledge of food chemistry,
microbiology, composition, analysis, processes and regulations
- Strong technical skills and
good relevant industrial experience
- Solid culinary foundation with
a background in food science principles
- Strong attention to detail and
meticulous in paperwork preparation
- Good understanding of
production and process scale up
- Ability to develop and execute
action plans for each project including experimental design, bench top,
pilot plant, plant trials and commercialization
- Ability to evaluate and utilize
technical information from internal and external sources
- Ability to lead development and
implementation of key product improvements, productivity initiatives,
new products and line extensions
- Ability to work with suppliers
to identify technical solutions
- Strong interpersonal and
- Excellent organization and
communication skills and computer literacy
- Must be able to work with
- Bachelor’s degree in Food
Science, Food Technology or relevant field, or an equivalent combination
of education and experience.
- 1-3 years of food industry
experience with a strong food background
- Ability to read, analyze and
interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports,
technical bulletins, specifications and legal documents.
- Ability to effectively present
information to all levels of management and to suppliers
- Ability to speak Spanish is
preferred, but not required.
- Ability to work with
mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference
- Ability to apply concepts such
as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical
- Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid
- Ability to interpret an
extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram
form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
The physical demands described here
are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully
perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
While performing the duties of this
job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The
employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms;
and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift
and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this
job include close vision.
The work environment characteristics
described here are representative of those an employee encounters while
performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may
be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
- While performing the duties of
this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions,
cold (coolers and freezers) and hot (processing equipment) conditions,
and moving mechanical parts.
- The noise level in the work
environment can be loud.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected
Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or
in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they
have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of
another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the
compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their
essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or
applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation
information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint
or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or
action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c)
consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.