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Food Scientist / Technical Sales
Festida Foods, Ltd. - Grand Rapids, MI



Food Scientist with Snack Food Sales and New Product Development Experience

Festida Foods located in Grand Rapids, MI is a developer and large volume private label manufacturer of premium corn tortilla chips, corn chips, and pellet snacks. Festida manufactures products which are sold through many of the major retailers and club stores in the US and Canada. The company has been in business in excess of 20 years, and is privately and locally owned.
Festida is seeking to hire an experienced food scientist with a background that includes salty snack foods or snack components, and verifiable experience in sales as related to product development of items such as tortilla chips, corn chips, extruded snacks, popcorn, and/or potato chips.

Main purpose of job:

Working with the Director of Product Development and with current or prospective new customers to develop new products from concept to launch, or improve or change existing products currently in the market to meet customer expectations. This job includes both R&D as well as technical sales activities. Occasional travel may be required.

Responsibilities include:

  • New product concept creation and development.
  • Technical/Sales: Demonstrate technical leadership by searching for new opportunities to develop new products to meet the needs of existing or potential new customers.
  • Ability to manage moderate to complex projects with minimal supervision.
  • Develop information for product/ingredient specifications, in-process control points and testing requirements.
  • Coordinate and conduct pilot plant trials and factory scale trials. Must be able to effectively trouble shoot and offer plausible, executable solutions.
  • Create accurate and complete nutritional panels, ingredient lists, and allergen notifications using selected software.
  • Project Management: Create project direction by providing technical input through the planning and decision making process and effectively communicating with senior management and the customer.
  • Able to identify risk, road blocks, critical path and resolve project conflicts or delays quickly.
  • May supervise a technician or other support staff.


Minimum 5 years applicable Food Science, Technical Food Sales, Snack R&D, or related discipline.

  • Bachelors Degree with 5+ years of applicable Food Science experience, or
  • Masters Degree with 3+ years of applicable Food Science experience

Working Knowledge of:

  • Nutritional analysis and panel creation using software such as Genesis, Owl, or Formulator.
  • Basic lab testing techniques for Oil content, Moisture, Sodium, and PDQ.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft suite software such as Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.
  • Technical food sales and ability to work with customers. Snack food experience a plus.
  • R&D project management, documentation, and closure.
  • General culinary and cooking techniques. A basic interest in cooking is helpful.
  • Familiar with snack food ingredients such as milled grains, ancient grains, vegetables, nutritional additives, natural flavorings, and seasonings.
  • Good understanding of All Natural, Gluten Free, Non-GMO, and Kosher certifications.
  • Proper interaction and ability to successfully work with customers, vendors, and potential new customers from the perspective of either product development and/or sales.
  • Proven track record to manage projects through to completion and success.
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects/priorities – Good organizational skills.
  • Basic plant and food safety requirements: GMP’s, HACCP, BRC/SQF.

Festida Foods offers compensation commiserate with experience, paid vacation, annual bonus based on company profitability, health insurance, 401K (coming 2015), and other non-tangible benefits throughout each year.

Interested applicants should submit a current resume with references and compensation requirements via e-mail to Joseph F. Riley, Director of Product Development & Special Projects.

Festida Foods, Ltd. is an 'Equal Opportunity Employer.’

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