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Food Scientist - Los Angeles, CA

Covance Food Solutions






Nutritional Chemistry


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Covance Food Solutions, formerly National Food Lab is looking to add a experienced Food Scientist to our Product Development team in the Livemore California area. This person should be well versed in all phases of the food product development cycle and can work independently to develop a new product from concept through plant scale-up.

Supervision of a junior professional such as a lab tech or an intern will be project dependent. This is an exciting time to join a company where you are able to cross train on a variety of projects. Additional responsibilities include:

• Plans and designs specific activities required by the projects and distributes activities to Laboratory Technologist or Intern based on skill sets.
• Executes experimental, analytical, and sensory work on both bench and pilot scale.
• Develops analytical methods and coordinates nutritional and component analysis.
• Writes reports, formulas, data and communication that is thorough and ready for the client with little or no editing required by supervisor.
• Ensures all samples are prepared with good GMP’s that are well labeled and of high quality.
• Ensures lab notebook maintenance SOP is followed.
• Seeks out information/facilities to get the job completed.
• Collaborates with internal and external resources (suppliers, consultants, professors, service providers and other third party people) to find solutions.
• Ensures appropriate and timely communication of key information among client, team and supervisor.
• Establishes and maintains professional rapport with client.
• Adds insight and value to discussions, understanding client needs.
• Organizes and participates in meetings and conference calls.
• Reads and responds to emails, phone calls in a timely manner.
• Assists team members to carry out such communication duties as necessary.
• Independently coordinates pilot and plant trials: develops trial plans and protocols, serves as liaison between the manufacturing plant, client and development laboratory for trial.
• Independently drafts, structures and executes project plans. Submits to supervisor for review. Identifies appropriate phases and deliverables and determines resource needs.
• Writes pilot and plant trial reports.
• Maintains documentation; Organizes computer and hard copy files and records in lab notebook for corporate records and sharing.
• Keeps updated and educated on relevant news, literature and findings in the industry.
• Trains less-experienced staff
• Performs other related duties as assigned
• Travels to various NCFS and client locations to support studies and projects
• Travels to technical conferences to represent Covance



•Bachelors degree in science with 5+ years of related experience.

• Practical experience in product development, preferably combined with experience in basic food-related research, is a preferred part of an individual’s preparation for this position.
• IFT Certified Food Scientist qualification is recommended at this level.



- Knowledge of regulatory agency guidelines.
- Prior experience with regulatory and labeling experience preferred.
- Some project management skills.
- Ability to conduct review of related literature and references to obtain the required information and subsequently apply it.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Highly skilled in conducting research, data interpretation, and writing reports.
- Highly skilled in performing scientific presentations and preparing scientific publications.
- Effective oral and written communication skills.


Covance is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer (Minority/Female/Individual with Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). Your confidentiality and privacy are important to us.


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