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R&D Technician


Irwindale, Ca.

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Position:                                  R&D Technician

Reports To:                             Research and Development Manager

Location:                                 IRWINDALE

Company Summary:

California based Ready Pac, is a premier producer of convenience fresh foods, including fresh-cut produce.  The company is entering a new chapter of transformation and is on a mission to give people the freedom to eat healthier.  By focusing on a strong performance culture, lean operations, and innovative product development, Ready Pac is poised for growth. With processing facilities throughout the United States, Ready Pac manufactures a complete range of value-added products featuring fresh produce and protein. Offerings include fresh-cut salads, fruits, vegetables, snacking, complete meals and prepared foods that are distributed in supermarkets and restaurant chains across North America. For more information, visit

Position Summary:

Under the general direction of the Research and Development Manager, the successful candidate will assist in all aspects of the research and development process. This includes but is not limited to assisting with shelf life studies, sensory studies, plant trials, documentation and reporting, communication with vendors, and communication with both internal and external customers as needed.   This is a hands-on position; in a fast paced and highly creative environment. The candidate for this position must be a self-motivated, creative thinker, with strong organizational and interpersonal skills.


Position Requirements:

         Associate of Science in food science, chemistry and/or biology/microbiology required

         Experience in product research, development, engineering, or manufacturing environment with progressive responsibilities a plus.

         Demonstrated knowledge of food, ingredients, weights and measures.

         Demonstrated knowledge of basic food handling and food safety procedures.

         Highly organized, self-starter able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, adapt well to change and able to prioritize multiple work assignments.

         Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written); presentation experience a plus.

         Ability to rapidly learn analytical and instrumentation techniques and procedures.

         Working knowledge of Genesis nutritional program a plus.

         Working knowledge of Microsoft-based Office Programs and Information Databases required.


Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to work in a refrigerated environment
  • 30% desk time/70% standing/lab work

Position Responsibilities:

  • Executing various tests and analytical procedures related to the development and improvement of new and existing products, including shelf-life testing, sensory evaluation, and other evaluation procedures.
  • Acquisition and preparation of samples for various customers, including internal customers
  • Recording and management of internal data, written and verbal reports, summaries, evaluations, and file management related to the above and other activities.
  • Participate in meeting with Marketing Department, which involves program development, brainstorming sessions, timelines and project status updates.
  • Manage Genesis nutritional program, preparation of ingredient statements and transfer of formulas to costing department.
  • Maintains accurate, up to date records, laboratory notebooks and computer databases.
  • Maintaining adequate inventories of ingredients needed for projects.
  • Ordering and picking up ingredients required from production facilities when necessary.
  • Setting up for customer presentations.
  • Preparing, making and shipping specific customer samples as dictated by project.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for optimal interactions and communications with internal and external customers.
  • Other duties as assigned.            

Extended Contacts:

Principle contacts include R & D team, Category Marketing Team, Sales, Purchasing, Q.A., Costing, Manufacturing, External Customers, and Vendors.


This position description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required by their supervisor.

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