Food Scientist - Benicia, CA
About Valley Fine Foods
Valley Fine Foods is a chef-inspired food company. We create and manufacture exciting flavors of fresh pasta and sauces through our Pasta Prima line of organic and all-natural products. Our team works in a fun, foodie environment with a strong focus on driving innovation. On top of that, we are a family oriented business who cares deeply for all our employees and for the environment. As we continue our rapid pace of growth, Valley Fine Foods is looking for talented and ambitious individuals who share in our values, passion, and spirit.
Position: Food Scientist
Reports to: Research & Product
Objective: To provide scientific food knowledge to the development process in the Research and Development Department.
Duties and Responsibilities:
∑ Work with the R&D team to develop formulations for new product development. Explore quality improvements and cost reductions to current product formulations.
∑ Assist in defining research procedures and experiment guidelines to drive effective development.
∑ Coordinate multiple concurrent food product launches from bench top testing to production commercialization.
∑ Cook and evaluate R&D samples and current products.
∑ Stay current on new food flavor trends for food service, club and retail channels.
∑ Assist with the ideation of new products through market research and product surveys.
∑ Assist in sourcing new ingredients, suppliers and distribute info to QA, Purchasing.
∑ Provide new product specifications to QA and Purchasing.
∑ Operate R&D equipment.
∑ Assist in the research and develop of formulations, machinery requirements, ingredients, and manufacturing processes for new products.
∑ Assist production in new product start up.
∑ Provide technical support services to sales team across all channels of business.
∑ Assist in establishing a sensory development training program and standardization of product sensory parameters.
∑ Assist in sourcing out QA equipment and establishing standards for all products; i.e. Salt, Moisture analyzer, Brix, Viscosity/Botswick, Acidity and accelerated storage cabinets.
∑ Organize ingredient inventory and request the necessary ingredients for research projects.
∑ Produce and inventory buyer samples and ship to sales accounts.
∑ Fluent in Genesis software to provide nutritional, ingredient statements
∑ Maintain department site in Share Point.
∑ Complete department reports.
General Production Duties:
∑ Follow company safety policy and the company policies of HACCP and SOPs.
∑ Follow personal hygiene & be familiar with current good manufacturing practices (CGMPs).
∑ Provide support to other areas of production as needed.
∑ MS Office Suite
∑ Share Point
∑ Genesis R&D
Education, training and work experience required:
∑ Bachelorís Degree in Food Science and at least 1 year related experience including product development and manufacturing.
∑ Experience working in a QC lab to test product attributes (salt, moisture, pH, etc.)
∑ Experience in microbiological testing procedures
∑ Problem solving skills, and analytical skills
∑ Outstanding organizational skills, with a strong attention to detail
∑ Ability to prioritize projects accordingly and multi-task.
∑ Mathematical Skills; ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and interpret.
∑ Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
∑ Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in
written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
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