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Product Development Specialist - Fairfield, CA

Courage Production





Key Areas of Responsibility:

New Product Development: Sausages, Hot Dogs, Deli Meats & Jerky

  • Responsible for supporting multi-item, multi product new product development process from concept to bench top sample to full production
  • Support Director of R&D to manage NPD process: prioritize sample needs, schedule production line time, acquire ingredients, formulate and manage recipes iterations, handle weekly NPD product cuttings, Maintain diligent document/documentation management, and laboratory notebook.
  • Collaborate with Operations, QA, Sales & Marketing team to ensure transfer of necessary information for costing, ingredients, production batch sheets, certifications and label submissions
  • Research and source new ingredients and processing aids as needed to support NPD
  • Support R&D team as needed in developing existing product formulation improvements, equipment improvement, and/or cost reductions and other areas of optimization.


  • Bachelorís Degree in Food Science or related degree
  • 3+ years of food production experience, familiarity with core products and production equipment a significant plus
  • Experience commercializing packaged food products from bench top to full scale production
  • Experience sourcing ingredients/working with suppliers
  • Ability to cost formulas
  • Skilled communicator who can effectively collaborate with a wide variety of people at all levels of the company
  • Demonstrated aptitude for developing plans and completing tasks to project deadlines
  • Proficient (intermediate to advanced) in computer applications and systems including Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint). Able to apply nutritional information into calculations, formulations and database.
  • Understanding of applicable United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) federal, state and local regulations; of General Manufacturing Practices (GMP); of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HAACP) guidelines and policies, and of Standard operating procedures (SOP)

Physical Demands / Environmental Conditions

  • The essential functions of the job and working conditions requires the individual to sit, walk, stand, stoop, bend, reach, crawl, lift up to 40 pounds, and usage of a computer. The job requires the individual to work in a moderate noise environment.
  • Working environment includes, but not limited to: the donning, wearing, and usage of hairnets, smocks, coats, gloves, boots, glasses, and hard hats. Position may be exposed to extreme climate (e.g. hot, dry, cold, and wet) conditions.

Position Information

  • Exempt position based in Fairfield, CA
  • Health and 401K benefits included

Job Type: Full-time


  • Bachelor's (Required)


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