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Senior Food Scientist

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Tualatin, OR

Job Description:

Title: Senior Food Scientist
Dept: Research & Development
Reports to: Director of Product Development
FLSA: Exempt
Shift: Office

Position Summary:
Responsible for the research and development function of assigned new natural/organic products and the maintenance of existing products. Responsible to provide answers to technical questions regarding our products or processes.

Essential Functions:
•Establish formulas and procedures for new products.
•Modify and improve existing products as directed.
•Research equipment and ingredients needed for processing of new products.
•Coordinate product implementation/scale-up at PFO and co-packers.
•Coordinate and communicate technical product information to other departments.
•Provide cost information regarding new products and formulation changes.
•Prepare nutritional analysis information.

Secondary Functions
•Test competitive products.
•Attend seminars, food shows, and events as required.
•Diagnose product related problems that arise in production.
•Assist with consumer and customer information.
•Organize working environment.
•Ensure food safety and quality protocols are followed.
•Perform other duties as assigned.

Supervisory responsibilities: This position is not supervisory in nature.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:
•Technical knowledge in the composition and functionality of food systems.
•Culinary skills/experience, preferably in a commercial or food manufacturing environment.
•Computer skills: Word, Excel, Outlook, and Genesis.
•Organizational skills and the ability to prioritize.
•Interpersonal verbal communication and advanced math skills.
•Creativity and problem analysis skills.
•Decision making.
•Ability to read, write, speak and understand English.
•Physical activities require standing, walking, bending, and some lifting.
•Physical ability to taste test all of our products.

Minimum Qualifications:
The position requires a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent specializing in Food Science, Culinology, or related field. Ideal candidate will have both food science knowledge and culinary experience. Five or more years of relevant experience developing products in a food manufacturing setting. Aseptic beverage development experience preferred.

Working conditions:
Work is performed during the day in a lab or production environment and involves the use of office equipment, such as computers and telephones. Some overtime may be required.



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