Jr. Food Scientist - San Juan Bautista,
WhiteWave Foods, Inc.
USA CA San
Juan Bautista Plant
our pioneering Horizon Organic, Silk, International Delight, Land O’Lakes,
Earthbound Farm, So Delicious Dairy Free, Vega™ and Wallaby Organic brands, DanoneWave has made healthy, alternative food choices
mainstream, creating not just new categories, but a new consumer mind set. At
heart, we are creators, engaged in the making of a new kind of Food
Company. We are unique in possessing both the creativity and the scale
not only to meet the world’s emerging needs, but to shape them, and help define
the future of food.
As we experience growth, and as our portfolio of products grows, we maintain
a constant focus on our environmental and social responsibilities. We pursue
reductions against waste, water usage and greenhouse gas emissions throughout
our operations, focusing on our plants and our company owned farms. We are
also champions for food security, lending our support to national hunger
relief organizations and those that operate in our local communities.
role of the junior food scientist is to assist in the development of new
products, improve existing products and processes, and provide technical
support for the day to day business. The junior food scientist is expected to
possess and demonstrate a solid understanding of food science, business
practices, operations and the commercialization processes for leafy greens
and other items such as beverages, frozen products, purees, etc.
Essential Functions Statement(s)
- Apply food science and project
management principles to new and existing products, to study shelf-life
characteristics, sensory characteristics, food chemistry, food
interactions and interactions with packaging.
- Working knowledge of project
design, protocol and execution
- Develop shelf life extension
protocols, scorecards and trending reports based on physical,
microbiological and sensory testing.
- Conduct consumer acceptability
and preference tests by utilizing different sensory test tools.
- Perform competitor product
analysis and compare EBF product performance against competitors.
- Evaluate physical properties of
shelf life retains & samples from different seed varieties
- Perform shelf life analysis on
product packed at co-packer.
- Evaluate product quality from
R&I projects and suggest improvements to improve product quality and
- Evaluate new technologies
available in market, compare with current processes and provide
suggestions on improvements targeting higher efficiency and cost
- Prepare and organize product
evaluation meetings for seed variety, competitor product, co-packer
product and R&I product; while gathering and then reporting on
- Develop protocols for collection
and review of data using SPC methods.
- Interpret shelf life data,
report any unusual findings and make appropriate scientific
recommendations through written and oral reports.
- Provides basic knowledge and problem solving skills to adequately troubleshoot
product quality issues.
- Assist in packaging material
testing and packaging material database maintenance.
- Participate as an active member
of cross-functional business development teams comprised of individuals
from a variety of disciplines, including; marketing, sales, purchasing,
engineering and other groups.
- Inspect food processing areas
during trials to ensure compliance with government regulations and
standards for sanitation, safety, quality, and waste management
- Potentially Nights and Weekends
- SAFETY-SENSITIVE DESIGNATION -
This is a designated safety-sensitive position. Individuals employed in
safety-sensitive positions are subject to periodic, unannounced, random
drug tests as required by the Company’s Alcohol and Drug Free Workplace
Policy. Refusal to cooperate with required testing will lead to
disciplinary action up to, and including, immediate termination of
- Detail Oriented - Ability to pay
attention to the minute details of a project or task.
- Analytical Skills - Ability to
use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem.
- Applied Learning - Ability to
participate in needed learning activities in a way that makes the most
of the learning experience.
- Problem Solving - Ability to
find a solution for or to deal proactively with work-related problems.
- Assertiveness - Ability to act
in a self-confident manner to facilitate completion of a work
assignment or to defend a position or idea.
SKILLS & ABILITIES
Education : Bachelor's Degree from a 4 year college or university in
Food Science, Packing Technology, Microbiology or a related field.
months to one year related experience
in MS Office Suite Programs including Word, Excel, Outlook, and database
- Knowledge of post-harvest
- Familiar with physical, chemical
and microbiological tests.
- Knowledge of Instron, HPLC, GC
and other similar equipment preferred.
- Ability to work a 6 day work week with a varying daily schedule which
may include AM and PM shifts, weekend and holiday hours.
- English language skills
including the ability to read, follow instructions, and write legibly.
Bilingual in Spanish is a plus.
- Strong sense of urgency.
- Detail oriented and able to work
in a fast paced manufacturing environment.
- Knowledge/Training in Good
Manufacturing Practices, HACCP, food safety requirements and
regulations (Federal and State).
- Data Management: Utilizes data
collection and analysis methods to make fact-based decisions and
influence others effectively.
- Problem Solving: Systematically
identifies, analyzes, and, troubleshoots to identify root cause
accurately and proven ability to solve issues and reach optimum
solutions in a timely manner. Knowledge of statistics required.
- Communication: Effectively
communicates complex information in written and verbal format to
audiences of differing technical understanding. This may be internal
and external customers; i.e. marketing/production/vendors/suppliers.
Experience with use of PowerPoint for technical presentations required.
- Teamwork and Integration: Proven
effectiveness in working collaboratively. Shares and achieves
common goals with internal and/or external teams. Ability to work well
with all levels of the organization from shop floor to senior
DanonWave offers a competitive salary and bonus
potential. The company also provides a comprehensive benefits package as well
as many other company sponsored benefits.
DanoneWave is an equal employment and
affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex,
sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status,
genetic characteristic, or any other unlawful criterion in accordance with
applicable law. DanoneWave will consider qualified
applicants with criminal histories consistent with all legal requirements.