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R&D Food Technologist – Omak, WA


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Job Description

At SunOpta, we firmly believe that our employees drive the success of our company. With success as the ultimate goal, we strive to create and provide an environment that offers challenging, stimulating and financially rewarding opportunities.

Join us and discover a work experience where diverse ideas are met with enthusiasm, and where you can learn and grow to your full potential. We are looking for exceptional people with an entrepreneurial spirit. People who are passionate and self-motivated.

Food Technologist will be responsible for sensory evaluation of raw materials and finished goods. Food Technologist owns the responsibility of testing pre-shipment samples of raw materials, trending and analyzing of data.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops and implements standard operating procedures (SOPs) for laboratory and sensory evaluation program
  • Performs manual and automated testing in accordance with SOPS
  • Maintains laboratory equipment calibration records
  • Develops and maintains appropriate testing control and quality assurance procedures; ensures compliance with current safety requirements
  • Responsible for the preparation, set-up and test processing of raw materials, finished products and retention samples
  • Enters test results into databases
  • Conducts lab activities to assist facility in Quality and R&D processes
  • Analyzes data to determine suitability of raw materials in the process
  • Correlates raw material attributes associated with finished product and retention sample attributes
  • Implements raw material and finished products sensory specifications and update them as needed
  • Provide technical support to QA/QC and production departments as required
  • Develops and maintains standards for sensory analysis
  • Performs sensory analysis of incoming raw materials
  • Sets up samples for daily sensory panel analysis of finished products and retention samples.
  • Monitors and trends sensory panel results.
  • Provides sensory analysis training on products/raw materials as required.
  • Participate and promote continuous improvement activities
  • Effectively communicate with related departments on projects and products as required
  • Conduct product shelf-life studies
  • Follow company GMP’s (good manufacturing practices) and all other quality programs
  • Wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) when required
  • Responsible for ensuring work area is clean and organized
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision and as a member of a team
  • Strictly adhere to all Safety policies
  • Committed to ensuring that the products produced meet all food safety and quality requirements
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Oral Communication Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions and provides clear answers.
  • Written Communication Writes clearly and informatively; presents numerical data effectively. Reads and comprehends technical documents, procedures, and specifications.
  • Ethics Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values.
  • Organizational Support Follows policies and procedures; supports organization's goals and values; respects diversity.
  • Motivation Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; measures self against standard of excellence.
  • Planning/Organizing Uses time efficiently; stays focused even when there are multiple projects or problems that require attention; flexible to adapt to different and/or changing situations as they arise.
  • Professionalism Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.
  • Dependability: Always on time and a history of good work attendance.


Required Skills


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Skills: Must have a working knowledge of MS Word software and Outlook, and be proficient with MS Excel software. Excellent math skills.

  • Pre-Employment Tests: The candidate with be subjected to pre-employment criminal background and drug screening tests. Any job offer will be subject to satisfactory completion of these tests. Other skill-related tests may be required.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

A 40 hour work week will be considered normal. Extra hours, off hours, and extra work days may be required to accommodate new projects, process development, and other special situations.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee will occasionally sit, lift, push, pull and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel, grasp, type; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; climb up and down ladders or stairs; taste or smell. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but the employee will be exposed to loud industrial equipment and machinery when performing job responsibilities. The employee in this position will be required to wear hearing protection or other safety equipment as required.

Required Experience

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Experience and Education: Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Chemistry or Biology or five years experience in a food testing laboratory.
  • Systems: LEAN Manufacturing.
  • Language: Bi-lingual Spanish.


Job Location

Omak, WA, US.

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