| Emeryville, CA, United States
This is a unique opportunity to make an impact in a fast growing,
mission-based consumer products company in the food industry. Plum Inc. is
looking to add a R&D Technologist II to our growing team, reporting to
the Senior R&D Manager. This is a great opportunity for someone who is
early in their career and is eager to learn and grow with our company.
The R&D Technologist II’s main objectives will be to assist in the
development of new product platforms, and drive the development of product
line extensions, product improvements, and cost savings. This person will
also assist the R&D and Innovation team to evaluate the technical
viability of concepts and partner with our suppliers, co-manufacturers, and
internal team to bring the concepts through to commercialization.
- Lead the benchtop
development and drive the commercialization of assigned projects.
- Support the R&D team, as
need be, on additional project initiatives, which include technical
feasibility assessments of concepts, new product platform development,
product improvements, and cost savings.
- Understand Plum’s values and
consumer needs. Use insights to build unique product attributes into new
- Define and communicate product
design criteria to external resources (vendors, co-manufacturers, etc.).
Collaborate with these to drive projects forward in a timely and
- Document observed results,
analyze data, draw conclusions, and make recommendations during product
- Help develop specifications for
ingredients and finished products.
- Conduct basic research of
trends and ingredients.
- This position will require 30%
travel to support commercialization efforts.
Experience / Qualities
- Minimum 2-3 years in CPG,
preferably with experience across several product categories.
- BS Degree in Food Science or
- Strong organizational and
communication skills with experience working in cross-functional teams.
- Balanced expertise in food
science, product development and culinary ability.
- Proficiency in MS Outlook, MS
Word, MS Excel, and Genesis.
- Basic understanding of FDA and
USDA regulations, and ideally some experience with Organic and Kosher
- Ability to work in a fast paced
- Proactive approach and highly
motivated to learn new disciplines.
- An Innovator – You are passionate about the
world of design and innovation. You bring a unique perspective from your
experiences and your observations in the world around you.
- A Creative Problem Solver – You have a creative bent and
you love taking on challenges with a fresh perspective and creative
- An Action Oriented Doer – Someone who is driven by
results. Someone who strongly believes in accountability. A task
oriented self-starter who stays calm under pressure and proactively
takes on big ideas and projects.
- Hands On – Someone humble enough to
tackle low level mundane tasks some days and then drive high-level
strategic discussions the next. Someone who is hungry to learn and take
on more responsibility as the company grows.
- A Collaborator – One who works well with
teams, and can listen while still sharing a strong point of view.
- An Optimist – Someone with a can-do
attitude, who can lead in the face of uncertainty, and with a great
sense of humor.
Who we are – Plum Inc.
– Emeryville, California
Plum, PBC is home to Plum Organics, a values-driven company committed to
nourishing the next generation with great tasting, nutritious food from high
chair to lunchbox. Plum, PBC is a group of extremely passionate people that
truly love what they do and why they do it. They are parents, aunts, uncles,
big brothers… tooth fairies. They are curious connoisseurs and joy seeking
foodies that have come together to discover, celebrate & create all
things healthy, inventive & yum.
For more information, visit www.plumorganics.com. You can also follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PlumOrganics)
and Twitter (@plumorganics).
Plum, PBC is committed to providing equal opportunity for employees and
applicants in all aspects of the employment relationship, without regard to
race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin,
citizenship, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any
other classification protected by law.