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Food Technologist - San Mateo, CA 94401 (North Central area)






Job Purpose

We are looking for an experienced food technologist to join our team at KitchenTown! This position supports our Director of Product Innovation and is a key member to our growing team. Our Product Innovation Lab works directly with a variety of food startups, entrepreneurs, and corporations to develop new products in the food and beverage space. This person should be able to demonstrate strong technical knowledge and leadership skills while being able to work in a fast paced environment. Ideally this person has a passion for food, innovation and desire to help build the future of food.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Formulation of new products from benchtop to production scale for multiple product categories
  • New ingredient sourcing, evaluation, costing, qualification and specification
  • Sensory testing: create design and conduct testing
  • Ability to scale up and attend plant trials at co-packers as needed
  • Conduct shelf life assessments for products
  • Provide technical expertise and consultation for clients as needed
  • Manage briefs and champion required actions to meet project objectives
  • Autonomously plan and execute day to day project and lab activities
  • Lead, manage, and prioritize multiple projects
  • Maintain knowledge of client’s needs, strategies and products


  • 2+ years of hands-on experience in food product development
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and exercise a moderate level of judgment in project execution.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple priorities
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Passion for creating new and exciting products
  • Ability to be flexible with changing priorities and timelines.
  • Creative problem solver and team player
  • Self-starter that is naturally curious and enjoys working in a fast-paced innovation-centric environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Proficiency in Genesis a plus
  • Ability to lift 30-40 lbs.

We are not able to offer relocation assistance for this position.

About KitchenTown

KitchenTown is a food startup incubator that plays a critical role in the development, commercialization, and launch of impact driven and transformational food products.

Our Approach

Growing a food company is not like growing any other kind of company. The food space is filled with variables—from refrigerated distribution needs to seasonal ingredients to packaging ideas that no machine can do (yet)—and being in service of those emerging companies means we have to listen deeply, stay adaptable, and hit the ground running when our founders do.

We bring structure and support to help our founders harness and direct their energy towards improving our food system. We provide infrastructure and expert guidance, and the right tools at the right times. We tap a network of industry resources to help guide the next generation of entrepreneurs.

We help food startups ideate, create, and grow their company in the smartest way possible. The world is changing quickly, and we’re here to help feed it.

Job Type: Full-time


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