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Food Technologist
Ruiz Foods - Dinuba, CA

 

 

JOB SUMMARY:
This position is responsible for development and commercialization of new products; reformulation of products to improve quality characteristics, processing efficiencies or ingredient cost; for testing alternate ingredient vendors; for deigning specifications and standards; and maintaining accurate lab records. This position must handle multiple projects demands and deadlines, organizing workload while maintaining accurate, detailed documentation of tasks and results.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop, maintain and achieve product development plans and timelines, including key tasks and milestones to meet project deliverables.
  • Develop bench top prototypes that meet product concept parameters.
  • Plan and execute experiments, including analyzing and summarizing results.
  • Plan and implement consumer tests in conjunction with Consumer Research Manager and marketing.
  • Plan, monitor and document plant trials and initial plant runs for successful commercialization of new products.
  • Reformulate products or processes for product improvement, cost reduction or manufacturing efficiency improvements.
  • Qualify new supplies through evaluation of raw materials to ensure compliance with ingredient specification and finished product quality.
  • Identify and implement product optimization opportunities to reduce cost and conduct sensory testing.
  • Work with customers as needed in new product development and reformulations.
  • Conduct competitive product evaluation and maintain competitive product databases as required.
  • Maintain awareness of current trends in consumer taste preferences and nutrition.
  • Keep accurate records of lab work, documentation of ingredients used, formulation modifications.
  • Maintain knowledge, understanding and adhere to safety policies, USDA, GMP’s, QA, HACCP, Sanitation rules and regulations, and company policies.
  • Regular and dependable attendance and punctuality is an essential function of this position.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS:

  • B.S. or M.S. degree in Food Science and one to three years’ experience in the food industry or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Basic understanding of ingredient functionality/interactions and sensory evaluation techniques.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects; manage to established deadlines.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to perform with minimal supervision.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to communicate clearly with all levels of personnel trough verbal, written and electronic modes.
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and prioritize.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • An adept critical thinker with excellent problem solving skills.
  • Ability to holistically analyze opportunities and risk and formulate well-reasoned recommendations for the business.

Visit our web site to learn more about Ruiz Foods at www.elmonterey.com

Job Type: Full-time

Required experience:

  • food industry or equivalent combination of education and exper: 1 year

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

 

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