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Food Scientist

Golden State Foods137 reviews - Industry, CA






JOB SUMMARY: Conducts, analyzes, and compiles the results of tests and audits to ensure compliance with company and product quality, safety, and sanitation standards.



  • Conducts, analyzes, and compiles the results of tests (standard plat count, lactobacillus, yeast and molds, coliform, E. coli, 0157-H7, organoleptic, acid, salt, color, fat, moisture, pH, viscosity, weights, preservative, Bostwick, % vegetable, specific gravity, etc.) on raw, in-process, and finished products for beef and liquid products to ensure compliance with product quality standards. (25%)
  • Schedules and performs operational, food safety, HACCP, and sanitation audits, facilitating activities of third party auditors, and reporting on audit findings to ensure compliance with company standards and quick problem resolution. (25%)
  • Coordinates technical information and study results to keep GSF and customers apprised of quality and safety concerns, techniques, and regulations. (20%)
  • Monitors laboratory procedures, techniques, and documentation to ensure quality and accuracy of laboratory results. Trains new employees on GSF-specific techniques and practices. (15%)
  • Maintains records and logs of tests, audits, and other quality procedures to ensure availability of accurate and thorough information. (15%)
  • Performs other related and assigned duties as necessary.Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education and experience equivalent to:


Bachelor’s degree in food science, chemistry, microbiology, or related field of science from an accredited college or university


3 to 6 years of relevant work experience, with an understanding of food safety and regulations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of (B/basic; J/journey; E/expert):

  • Food safety concepts and techniques (E)
  • HACCP programs and related food safety regulations and processes (E)
  • Food microbiology (E)
  • Food testing concepts and techniques (E)
  • International export and food regulations (J)
  • Food chemistry (J)
  • Raw materials/product interaction (J)
  • PC word processing/spreadsheet software (J)
  • Food processing equipment (B)

Skill and ability to:

  • Work independently
  • Interpret testing anomalies and identify appropriate solutions
  • Communicate and coordinate effectively with internal and external customers verbally and in writing
  • Read and process written information with a high degree of accuracy
  • Perform a variety of food safety tests
  • Work in a laboratory environment
  • Work effectively in a general business environment, with a focus on high levels of quality and customer service
  • Act in accordance with GSF’s Values and Creed


Not applicable.


  • Productivity/quality standards: test methodology, accuracy and reliability
  • Productivity/quality standards: accuracy, timeliness, thoroughness
  • Productivity/quality standards: safety audits
  • Domestic and international regulatory compliance
  • Teamwork within the department and across departments
  • Project/assignment standards
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Safety standards and procedures: food
  • Safety standards and procedures: laboratory equipment and procedures

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

Required experience:

  • Food Manufacturing: 1 year


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