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Food Technologist - Seattle, WA 98107

Trident Seafoods Corporation

Summary: The Food Technologist will work with world-class Food Scientists developing new product formulations and improvements to existing products. This individual will be part of the Research and Development team working with other food technologists, scientist, and a culinary team specializing in Alaskan Seafood. This role is heavily focused on product development in related areas and shares related work experience and problem-solving ideas in a collaborative team environment. They are responsible for collaborating with project teams on prototype development through full commercialization and finalizing product attributes and specifications following successful commercialization.

Essential Functions:

Product Development:

  • Initiates, produces and supplies existing or prototype product samples designed to meet target account needs. Drafts provisional specifications on prototype products prepared for target customer sampling.
  • Participates and provides guidance in bench top research and evaluation of new ingredients and product formulations, planning lab experiments, shelf life testing and production trials.
  • Evaluates feasibility of various ingredient/recipe components in terms of functionality, formula and availability of company manufacturing, acceptability to target customer/geographic region of account, cost verification and Trident manufacturing capability.
  • Ensures new ingredient opportunities are properly vetted and approved prior to preparing customer samples
  • Prepares and ships out hand samples of new products for internal and external sampling/ evaluation.

Technical Skills

  • Contributes to New Product Development (NPD) and creative exploration.
  • Designs methods to improve ingredient qualities and food production in areas of flavor, color, texture, nutritional value, convenience, and/or physical, chemical, and microbiological composition of foods.
  • Compiles and records testing data and charts for ingredient performance, production test information/ summary and on-going projects.
  • Creates R&D preliminary processing spec and documents all tests (lab and plant trials) results. Assists PLM team (regulatory department) on product audits when necessary.
  • Participates in sensory evaluations, product cuttings / presentations to various vendors and customer groups introducing or re-acquainting them to specific products, ingredient features, benefits, requirements and application techniques. Retains adequate supply of 1st production samples and bench control for cook validation, product cuttings, shelf-life tests etc.
  • Follows internal BRC procedures, including cooking instructions validation, thermometer calibration, shelf life testing and record keeping.

Food Safety

  • Participates with FSQA in the development of new product food standards, safety and sanitary regulations.
  • Adheres to basic health department food handling and safety requirements i.e. proper storage of raw foods, personal handwashing and hygiene, food preparation area sanitizing, opening and closing procedure.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Must be able to travel freely between the workplace and other Trident processing facilities. Occasional travel to customers located throughout targeted regions is expected.
  • Participates in regular operational safety training and meetings.
  • Performs other similar or related duties as requested or assigned.
  • Annual performance self-evaluation and goal setting.
  • Expected to act as R&D safety officer on occasion, preparing weekly safety audits and ensuring proper daily kitchen closure procedures
  • Acquires knowledge of Tridentís Environmental and Safety Policies by completing required training programs and performing designated work activities in accordance with training and procedures/work instructions
  • Notifies designated personnel of any environmental or safety incidents or risks not previously documented, in accordance with Environmental Awareness and/or safety trainings

Minimum Requirements



  • Masters or bachelorís degree in food science or closely related field, or equivalent job experience in food manufacturing and R&D.

Special Training/Skills:

  • General understanding of food laws and regulations.
  • Abilities in mathematics, scientific weights, and measurements.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents, such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Speak in public and interact at a technical level with internal and external customers and industry peers.
  • Proficient in MS Office, PowerPoint, Database Management and other computer applications to access information, analyze data and solve problems.
  • Effectively organize, plan and execute.
  • Self-directed with minimal supervision.

Trident Seafoods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age and genetic information.

Trident Seafoods has adopted a zero-tolerance and drug-free workplace policy. Pre-employment drug examinations are required for all employees.

Any employment offer from Trident Seafoods is contingent upon the candidate maintaining valid immigration status and work authorization throughout employment, without any need for immigration sponsorship by the company.


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