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Food Technologist - Romeoville, Il



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ARYZTA is a global baking company with a Passion for Good Food. We provide our retail and foodservice customers with a portfolio of bakery solutions so they can deliver memorable, delicious food to consumers. With operations in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, ARYZTA has become a global leader in the baked goods industry and one of the largest specialty bakery companies in the world. Our leading bakery brands in North America include La Brea Bakery®, Otis Spunkmeyer®, and Oakrun Farm Bakery®. We have 58 state-of-the-art bakeries and kitchens around the globe, with 26 of those in North America, and are committed to driving innovation, predicting upcoming consumer trends and flavors, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. The Americas team champions the values of Integrity, Ownership, Customer Focus, Creativity and Care to help us deliver on People Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Collaboration.


ARYZTA Americas operates one of the largest specialty bakery businesses servicing all major customers in the retail, foodservice, QSR and convenience store channels.


The Americas Structure includes five operating Business Units: Brazil, Canada, Brand, ARYZTA US Baking Solutions and ARYZTA US Consumer Foods, which are serviced by five Americas Central Support Functions covering areas such as Food Safety & Quality Assurance, Environmental Health & Safety, Sustainability, HR, Legal, IT, Finance Shared Services, Procurement, Category Management, and Commercialization.

ARYZTA is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (AA/EOE)



Key Accountabilities


The Food Technologist is first and foremost a developer of new food offerings for Aryzta. In

addition the FT is charged with becoming a subject matter expert in his/her field of development

and in the processes required for commercializing those products. The FT reports to the

R&D/Comm Sr. FT level or above and does not have any direct reports. There is no budgetary

responsibility for the Sr. FT other than to develop within any given price range. Also, the Sr. FT is

responsible for managing his/her expenses in a timely and frugal manner.



1) New Product Development Initiatives (customer centric and blue sky):

a. Understanding of customer expectations, project objectives, and target consumer

b. Understanding of current and upcoming trends.

c. Detailed understanding of functionality of ingredients.

d. Ability to develop new prototypes on aggressive timelines and specific restrictions.

(Example of restrictions: maximum cost per unit, specific labelling requirements such

as “natural,” specific shelf life requirements, etc.)

e. Maintain detailed records of work.

f. Effective communication across interdepartmental team.

2) Continuous Improvement of Current Offerings

a. Knowledgeable of upcoming health trends.

b. Working with suppliers, regulatory, marketing, and operations to update formulations

to meet current external and internal customer expectations (ex: removal of PHOs,

awareness of HFCS and color additives, etc.)

c. Updating documentation and packaging.

3) Bakery Technical Resource

a. Provide bakery with updated formulation and specification information.

b. Maintains the internal ingredient specification file

c. Ability to review and approve alternative ingredient suppliers.

ARYZTA is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer


d. Attend bakery production runs, as needed, to provide technical knowledge and

suggestions for ongoing operations/quality improvement.

4) Marketing/Sales Technical Resource

a. Provide the marketing/sales team with information detailing formulation information.

b. Understand and be able to speak about product lines to educate the marketing/sales


c. Provide immediate and ongoing information to sales about new product development

information in order to meet our customer centric goals.

d. Provide samples as needed.

5) R&D/Commercialization Resource

a. Understand the background of development projects and be able to provide or search

for information regarding prior development initiatives.

b. Assists the Sr. Food Technologist

6) Procurement/Operations Resource

a. Approve new suppliers, new ingredients, cost reductions and ingredient consolidation

b. Coordinate with Project Managers on SKU transitions between bakeries

7) Proficient knowledge of general food quality testing procedures and equipment

a. Colorimeter (Hunter Color Scale)

b. pH testing and understanding of the effects on food.

c. Moisture testing and understanding of the effects on shelf life.

d. Water activity testing and understanding the effects on microbial growth.

e. Physical testing: weight, size, etc.

f. Cooking validations

g. Ability to consolidate this information into effect specifications for quality team.

8) Knowledge of Concept to Commercialization processes.

a. Ability to develop under Aryzta’s concept to commercialization process.

b. Meeting schedule deadlines require knowledge of inter-workings of process and

interdepartmental communications.

9) Ability to self-manage projects.

a. Organization skills

b. Time management skills

c. Leadership skills

d. Communication skills

e. Technical document skills

10) Knowledge of Aryzta product offerings in those fields of development responsibility.

11) Other duties as assigned.




Required Skills


Skills, Experience & Qualifications


• AA/BS in Food Science or related field required or 1 to 2 years working as an industrial

food developer required. Additional culinary development experience preferred.

• Proficient knowledge of Aryzta interfaces and software.

Skilled at Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel.

o Knowledgeable of SAP and Genesis.

o Understanding of OEC Graphics, Discovery, SharePoint, etc.

ARYZTA is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer


• Domestic travel up to 20% of time.

• Job requires bending stooping, and lifting of 50 lbs

• Sound basic math skills required (addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, ease

with fractions and decimals).

• Ability to read and understand a basic formula.

Required Experience

Typical Work Schedule:  Weekends

Job Location

Romeoville, Illinois, United States

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