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R&D Specialist, Product Development - Food
Summer Garden Food Manufacturing - Youngstown, OH



Full-time, Temporary

The Zidian Group- The makers of Gia Russa

Position Summary

Responsible for supporting the development of new products and continuous improvement of existing products to meet market demands. Assists with recipe development, prepping, cooking, and R&D data management. Candidate will work in a fast paced and highly innovative environment and must be self-motivated, creative and have strong interpersonal skills.

  • Pre-formulation of new product, customer recipe modifies or reverse engineered to include reviewing product, preliminary testing, ingredients identified
  • Recipe Formulation will include ordering raw materials for formulations, determine size of batch, process and equipment used.
  • Document revision to recipe, record cook time and temp, record average fill weight, cool samples in water bath
  • Cooking in small kettle batches to achieve customer satisfaction
  • Product testing and labeling to perform analytical testing to include pH, viscosity, Brix, Gluten Testing if applicable
  • Research and review trending ingredients, flavors and product categories for new product development
  • Maintain a clean working area and assist with sanitation and maintenance of R&D lab


  • High School Diploma Required
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in food service, manufacturing and/or volume cooking
  • Culinary and/or Food Science degree preferred
  • Able to read recipes and use various units of food measurement (liquid &dry)
  • Strong communication skills a must to be able to manage and move projects through cross-functional teams
  • Computer skills with Microsoft Office applications and Vicinity is a plus
  • Ability to multi-task effectively
  • Organized, detailed with good follow up skills
  • Regularly required to talk, hear and see. Frequently required to sit, stand; walk; manual dexterity; and reach with hands and arms.
  • Ability to reach, lift, bend knees, stoop, climb and push or pull items weighing 50 lbs. or less if needed


The Zidian Group offers a competitive pay package that includes but is not limited to; Health Insurance which includes Dental/Vision/RX care, company paid life insurance, paid vacation and personal leave, short and long-term disability, and a 401K company match.
About The Zidian Group

It is our mission, but more importantly our passion, to produce and distribute food products that exceed consumer quality and taste expectations as well as deliver exemplary dining experiences. In addition to our own Gia Russa brand, we also manufacture various private label products in our LEED certified food manufacturing facility, situated on our 10-acre campus. Along with our manufacturing, we also import from Italy as well as distribute to all 50 states, Canada and Mexico.
Throughout the years, we have brought consistently fresh, flavorful and healthy Italian specialties to the marketplace. We use only a few select ingredients that are pure and free of additives or preservatives while passionately upholding time-honored Italian traditions to proudly produce some of the worlds most sought after pasta sauces and Italian specialties.
Whether you taste the freshness and quality of our food through our privately owned branded Gia Russa® Italian Food products as well as within the dishes we serve at our restaurant Aqua Pazzo. Enjoy and Gràzie, we know you will be pleased.

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Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • High school or equivalent

Required experience:

  • Culinary or Food Science: 2 years
  • Food Service, Manufacturing, or Volume Cooking: 3 years


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