In 1910 a cooperative of
230 California almond growers formed with the following core values:
build strong relationships among growers and with their customers;
communicate directly and honestly; and
work as a team to realize the best return on their investment.
than a century later, Blue Diamond Growers still adheres to these values at
every level of our operation. Our employees are strongly committed to
the brand and to each other - the word "family" is often used to
describe our culture.
Blue Diamond Growers represents more than 3,000 almond growers in
California - the state that provides over 80% of the world's supply.
We are one of the most recognized food brands in the world, with annual
sales exceeding $1billion.
believe in transparency and honest communication. Our work style is
team-based, working together to innovate, process, and distribute the best
almond products to the world.
more than 100 years, our core values of integrity, partnership, innovation
and quality remain strong. Our commitment to excellence has
driven Blue Diamond's unprecedented growth, innovation, high quality, and
find these values at work throughout our company. We strive for
a diverse workforce, always aiming for greater levels of inclusion.
In addition to a robust benefits package, we offer an employee wellness and
fitness program, in which a majority of our workforce currently
Diamond Growers (BDG) is seeking a Food Scientist
to join its winning team in Sacramento, CA.
Diamond is a great place to work! Being a valued member of the R&D
/ Product Development team will allow the right candidate to work on some
fun projects with some great people." Jennifer, Product Development
Food Scientist first works at the lab bench,
utilizing knowledge of food ingredients, food science, and consumer
marketing insights to identify and develop new almond products and formulas
to meet customer and business unit product strategies. Then scales up lab
prototypes, through pilot plant production, and full commercialization.
Further, the Food Scientist conducts shelf life, sensory, product
performance, and quality attribute testing of products as part of the
development process, culminating in all new product technical information
including production specifications. The Food Scientist also actively
participates in innovation activities and contribute to the development of
new product strategies and ideas.
• Working at the lab bench,
utilize knowledge of food ingredients, food science, and consumer marketing
insights to identify and develop new almond products and formulas to meet
customer and business unit product strategies and requirements.
•Organize and manage new
products ideas and concepts from lab prototype samples through pilot plant
production and full commercialization. Develop the processing and technical
requirements needed for scale up. Coordinate first production run product
evaluations and approvals.
•Actively participate in
innovation activities and contribute to the development of new product
strategies and ideas. Identify and recommend new applicable technologies to
•Manage product development
technical relationship with internal and external customers. Assume the
role of an innovator and project leader demonstrating initiative,
creativity, and thoroughness in the execution of complex projects.
•Conduct shelf life,
sensory, product performance, and quality attribute testing of products as
part of the development process.
•Generate new product
technical information including production specifications.
•Source new food
ingredients. Develop and document new food ingredient specifications.
•Assist Regulatory with
development of nutrition facts, allergen labeling and ingredient
•Provide ongoing technical
support to Marketing and Sales for new product introductions. Prepare
product sales samples.
Minimum level of education
•Bachelor's Degree in Food
Science or related scientific field
Minimum number of year(s)
of experience required in addition to education plus type(s) of functional
Other required type(s) of
•Practice in New Product
Development, commercial food processing, agricultural products, project
management, quality management, regulatory affairs, technical report
writing, and ingredient sourcing are all plusses but not mandatory.
PREFERRED SKILLS AND
EXPERIENCES (Specialized education, specific software experience, etc.)
•Sound working knowledge of
food science principles, GMP, HACCP, food safety, sanitary practices and
regulations. Familiarity with FDA labeling regulations desirable.
•Ability to utilize Word
and Excel computer software. Knowledge of Genesis, SAP PLM, and SharePoint
software a plus.
•Hands on lab bench
experience developing food products. Ability to operate typical laboratory
food processing equipment and instruments used in product development, with
high level of quality, accuracy and quantity of analysis work.
•Team attitude and
cooperation. Experience working with cross functional business teams to develop
and commercialize new food/beverage products.
samples weighing up to 25 pounds.
to occasionally work outside of normal work hours. Some travel will be
required to manufacturing or test facilities, customer facilities, or Trade
in food laboratory and manufacturing environments. When in the
manufacturing environment, incumbent must to be able to climb stairs or
ladders and work on elevated platforms.
appliances, restaurant equipment, food processing pilot equipment, common
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Blue Diamond Growers is an Equal Opportunity and