Hampton Farms is the leading
In-Shell Peanut Company in the US. We also are a leading producer of other
types of nuts for the retail and commercial markets. You can find our
product in most grocery stores and major league baseball stadiums. We
distribute under the Hampton Farms brand and also
are a leading private label manufacturer. This position is based at our new
product Innovation Center in Raleigh, NC.
The Food Technologist
coordinates and conducts research and development activities in support of
company objectives. The priority is on developing new creative food
products for various markets (retail, foodservice, industrial). These items
are to be based in nuts and nut butters. Product usages will range from
snacking, to meal replacement, to ingredient markets. Duties also include
supporting marketing in identifying business opportunities within the
- Develop new consumer preferred
products and flavors that are reproducible at commercial scale.
(understanding of quality and cost requirements, raw materials supply,
adhering to regulatory guidelines, etc.)
- Work with Marketing Team to
ensure a continual flow of new products is in the future pipeline
consistent with company strategic direction.
- Partner with suppliers to
monitor industry trends and evaluate ingredient or new flavor
materials, product, processes and make recommendations for
optimization based on project requirements.
- Work closely with Marketing
Team and outside testing resources on sensory evaluation. Make adjustments based on consumer feedback to
ensure products exceed consumer expectations.
- Maintain accurate records on
all trials being performed.
- Continually evaluate all
aspects of cooking and packaging processes to potentially improve the
final products for customers and consumers.
- Identify new global trends in
food processing which might apply to our product categories.
- Create benchtop samples to
evaluate new product ideas.
- Work as part of team to ramp up
R&D activity at the new Innovation Center
in Raleigh, NC. Help to identify and acquire proper equipment for
creation and testing of various products.
- Establish proper processes and
protocols for taking new products from concept, to bench samples, to
production tests, to final commercial implementation.
- Work directly with Operations
personnel to ensure potential projects are feasible in our facilities.
Coordinate and monitor trials to ensure consistency of product at
start-up and capability to ensure long term consistency in product
- Participate in team projects
and committees in order to improve internal
- Basic Product Development:
Knowledge of product development process with preference for
plant-based protein experience. Flexible and creative attitude with a
strong attention to detail.
- Cooking: Knowledge of
commercial cooking processes and techniques.
- Ingredients: Knowledge of key
ingredient properties in general and those specifically used for nuts
and nut butter products.
- Flavor Creation: Knowledge of flavor
compounding and flavor creation and the ability to create and apply
new flavor prototypes based on product briefs.
- Analytical Chemistry: Ability
to utilize and apply analytical instruments to assist with flavor
creation and nutritional problem solving.
- Computer Skills: Knowledge of
Microsoft suite of programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
- Bachelorís Degree in Food
Science, Food Engineering, Food Technology, Food Chemistry or closely
related field and interested in applying their knowledge to food
- 5-10 years related work
experience in research and/or product development role.
- Strong interpersonal,
analytical, organization and communication skills.
- Highly organized self-starter
able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Creative thinking and passion
- Willingness to travel, both to
our multiple production facilities, potential vendor & supplier
locations and to occasional industry events as needed.
Analytical - Synthesizes
complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses
intuition and experience to complement data; designs work flows and
Continuous Learning -
Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback to improve
performance; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to
continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
Job Knowledge -
Competent in required job skills and knowledge; exhibits ability to learn
and apply new skills; keeps abreast of current developments; requires minimal
supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; uses
Use of Technology -
Demonstrates required skills; adapts to new technologies; troubleshoots
technological problems; uses technology to increase productivity; keeps
technical skills up to date.
Problem Solving -
Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes
information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group
problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional
Project Management -
Develops project plans; coordinates projects; communicates changes and
progress; completes projects on time and budget; manages project team
Adaptability - Adapts to
changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; able to deal
with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
Dependability - Follows
instructions, responds to management direction; takes responsibility for
own actions; completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an
Quality - Demonstrates
accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality;
applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure
Communications - Strong
written and verbal skills. Applies good questioning and listening skills to
ensure understanding of information being shared.
Reasoning Ability -
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete
variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability
to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram,
or schedule form.
Treats everyone with
respect and dignity
Bachelor's degree from four-year
college or university; and three to five years related experience and/or
training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Combination of office
environment along with duties that will require the incumbent work in
a plant environment where physical hazards such as production
equipment and forklifts may be present.
- Health Insurance
- Life Insurance
- 401K Matching
- Paid Vacation and Personal Days
- Paid Holidays
- Bereavement Leave
- Military Leave
- Jury Duty Leave
EOE - Equal
Information Visit: www.hamptonfarms.com
Job Type: Full-time