In 1910 a cooperative of
230 California almond growers formed with the following core values:
To build strong relationships among growers and with their
To communicate directly and honestly; and
To work as a team to realize the best return on their
More than a century
later, Blue Diamond Growers still adheres to these values at every level of
our operation. Our employees are strongly committed to the brand and to
each other – the word “family” is often used to describe our culture.
Today, Blue Diamond
Growers represents more than 3,000 almond growers in California – the state
that provides over 80% of the world’s almond supply. We are one of the most
recognized food brands in the world, with annual sales exceeding $1
We believe in
transparency and honest communication. And our work style is still
team-based, working together to innovate, process, and distribute the best
almond products to the world.
After more than 100
years, our core values of integrity, partnership, innovation and quality
Our commitment to
excellence has driven Blue Diamond’s unprecedented growth, innovation, high
quality, and value.
You’ll find these values
at work throughout our company. We strive for a diverse workforce, always
aiming for greater levels of inclusion. In addition to a robust benefits
package, we offer an employee wellness and fitness program, in which a
majority of our workforce currently participates.
Grow your career. Partner with us. We Are the Almond
In this role as the Food Scientist
you will be responsible in assisting the Regulatory Manager in
investigations and communications involving consumer nutritional and
regulatory labeling requirements for Domestic and International consumer
food and beverage products, and Global Ingredients for the world’s largest
almond company. Under direction of the Regulatory Manager, you will
conduct regulation reviews and prepare documentation necessary for food
labels for nutrition and regulatory compliance, due to the unique
regulatory requirements of each region, substantial investigation time is
required. You will also assist and support Product Development and
Marketing staff by also providing linkage to third party non-regulatory
certification programs such as Kosher, Non-GMO, and Gluten Free. The
Food Scientist also provides communications involving customer and consumer
inquiries. You will interact directly with PD, QA, Marketing, Sales,
co-packers and licensees as necessary to maintain current and accurate
documentation of formulas, ingredients and label declarations. In this role
you will also provide non-technical support for product development projects
as needed (weighing ingredients, packing, and shipping prototypes).
Responsible to review and approve all retail and food
service product labels for North America markets.
Supports establishment of product label ingredient,
allergen, and nutrition data for all new products approved for
commercialization in domestic and export retail markets to insure that
labels are consistent with applicable regulations. Maintains accurate
and up to date electronic files of data.
Researches labeling issues and provides information
pertaining to labeling regulations and allowable product claims.
Tracks recommendations on how products should be labeled. Captures
documentation necessary, and logs nutritional and regulatory labeling
Supports research into regulatory and technological changes
that may affect the food industry and food labeling. Notifies
management of pending changes and recommends course of action.
Works closely with Marketing and R&D staff in the
development of new products, providing nutrition and labeling information
as needed to support product design criteria.
Information Database Management:
Responsible for product formulae review and approval.
Provides all required documentation to potential partners
and regulators in support of licensing expansion into international
Responsible for R&D nutrition database management:
Nutrition recipe development for North America, Mexico and
Analytical nutrition data evaluation and validation.
Develop NLEA labeling information to customer & internal
cross-functional team members.
Provides updates for partners in food service, co-packers
and licensees annual documentation request fulfillment
Product certification such as Kosher, Halal and Gluten free.
Food safety information (e.g., 3rd party audit
report, certificate, corrective action plan).
Provide documentation as request.
Generates customer-oriented product specification
North America Consumer Retail Markets.
International Retail Markets.
Global Ingredient Division Markets.
Ingredient evaluation: food additives and processing aids
Ingredient supplier documentation request.
Liaise with global supplier’s communication to obtain
Responsible for Non-GMO
Project technical verification process and communication to
achieve Non-GMO Project
Assists with the preparation of Technical Marketing and
Sales Information publications.
Maintains database for accurate/current ingredient
statements, COAs, Kosher, Allergen, GMO labeling declarations.
Maintains database of current product formulas,
specifications, and required supporting documents.
Compliance and Quality Improvement
Coordinates product sample for routine 3rd party
lab analysis for product conformance.
Participate with product shelf life and sensory evaluation.
Assists with Corp Q.A. developing Quality Manual for
co-packers and licensees.
Assists with Corp Q.A. evaluating consumer complaints.
Provides technical response to Consumer Advocacy team
answering consumer enquiries.
Participate in food industry organizations, PR events, food
shows and sales presentations.
Perform other duties and responsibilities as required or
candidate will possess the following qualifications:
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or related
Minimum of two (2) years of applicable food/beverage product
development or food regulatory experience.
Proven track record in innovation and technical
Demonstrates strong technical abilities and critical
Sound working knowledge of food science principles, GMP,
HACCP, food safety, sanitary practices and regulations.
Detail oriented with proven analytical problem solving
Proficient in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint computer software.
Knowledge of Genesis R&D and SharePoint software a plus.
Successfully demonstrates positive team attitude and
cooperation working with cross functional business teams to develop and
commercialize new food and beverage products.
Ability to operate typical laboratory food processing
equipment and instruments used in product development.
Quality, accuracy and quantity of analysis work.
Reliability of judgments and decisions made. Demonstrated initiative.
Lift samples weighing up to 25 pounds.
Flexibility to occasionally work outside of normal work
hours. Some travel will be required to manufacturing or test
facilities, customer facilities, and Trade shows.
Occasional hands on work in a food development laboratory
and manufacturing environment. The incumbent must to be able to climb
stairs/ladders and work on elevated platforms.
Kitchen appliances, restaurant equipment, food processing
and packaging pilot equipment, typical laboratory equipment such as pH
meter and weight balance.
Blue Diamond promotes a safe and healthy work
environment, and in doing so, we will perform background and drug tests for
each candidate who accepts a position with our team.
Blue Diamond Growers is an Equal Opportunity and