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Food Scientist - Lost Hills, CA
Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds



R&D / Scientific


Lost Hills, CA


Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds

Job Description

Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds is seeking a R&D Food Scientist, with an emphasis on sensory science, at their Lost Hills, California facility. Candidate should possess good project management skills and be able to take ownership and work independently on projects. Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds is part of the Wonderful Company and is the largest nut processing facility in the world.


•Work as a partner with product development team, by designing, executing, analyzing, and reporting results and recommendations (descriptive analysis, shelf-life testing, discrimination testing, and consumer research).

•Provide cross-functional support to Marketing, Sales, Manufacturing, Regulatory, and Quality

•Support regulatory activities like creating nutritional labels using Genesis software.

•Train and educate project teams, plant teams, and non-technical colleagues on basic sensory knowledge and promote a tasting culture within the company.

•Maintain accurate project files, specifications and project data.

•Good working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel programs is essential.

•Ability to make technical scientific advances utilizing internal and/or external resources.

•Knowledge in using Genesis and Compusense software is a plus.

•Work might involve occasional lifting of weights up to 25 lbs.

•Ability to travel when needed.

•Not allergic to nuts.


Qualification and Experience:

•BS/MS in Food Science or closely related fields with emphasis on sensory science

•2+ years of experience in the food processing industry, preferably in a R&D environment.

•Knowledge of various descriptive methodologies and discrimination techniques. Fundamental understanding of applied statistical analysis and working knowledge of statistical analysis programs. Possess strong organoleptic skills.

•Experience in the area of nuts/snacks will be a plus.

Mindsets and behaviors

•Work independently on project assignments. Recognizes any barriers, flags issues and/or makes recommendations for resolution to management or project team.

•Self-Motivated, positive, energetic, professional, dependable working attitude

•Show ownership, leadership and proactively work on projects to grow the business.

•Possess strong interpersonal, communication, organizational and time management skills.

•Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds is the world's largest vertically integrated pistachio and almond grower and processor. Located in California's fertile San Joaquin Valley, our operation delivers more than 450 million pounds of nuts globally each year. Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds supplies both industrial and retail customers, offering high-quality, consistent supply and adherence to rigorous food safety standards. Our nuts can be found in stores nationwide under the flagship retail brands of Wonderful Pistachios and Wonderful Almonds. Please learn more at

Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds is part of The Wonderful Company, a privately held $4.8 billion company, which also has other No. 1 brands such as Wonderful Halos, FIJI Water, POM Wonderful, JUSTIN Wine, and Teleflora. To learn more about The Wonderful Company, visit .


Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds is an Equal Opportunity Employer and with opportunities for advancement. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories.

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