Job Title

Food Scientist – Modesto, CA

Job Function

Research and Development





Full Time/Part Time

Full Time

Job Summary

Under limited supervision from the department manager directs the day to day activities associated with customer samples, whether the samples are “off the shelf” standard items or prototype samples manufactured in the pilot plant. The incumbent will supervise two shipping clerks in the sample room; maintain a small inventory of all standard items produced by the vegetable unit of Gilroy Foods & Flavors (GFF), and maintain a small inventory of all necessary shipping supplies. The incumbent will also manage GFF’s customized sample order system (SPIN), assigning sample orders to the appropriate department members as the orders post on a day-to-day basis. The incumbent will also work very closely with the department product developers, coordinating the manufacture of any custom prototype products for customers, assisting with product development, formulation and manufacture of prototypes as needed.

Position Responsibilities

Develop close functional relationships within the department, GFF’s corporate Sales and Marketing departments and plant operations teams.

Maintain prompt sample order fulfillment service for all customer sample requests.
Maintain a small, up-to-date inventory of all standard items produced by the vegetable unit of Gilroy Foods & Flavors; dehydrated onion and garlic, dehydrated chile products, dehydrated vegetables, GardenFrost frozen purees, Controlled Moisture frozen vegetables, and Redi-Made shelf-stable garlic purees.

Establish a working relationship with each Operation Services Manager from each of the manufacturing facilities (Modesto, Gilroy, Las Cruces) to seek advice and assistance in maintaining the sample inventory.

Work with the department technical document specialists to maintain a library of the proper paperwork for sample shipments; product specifications, certificates of origin, phytosanitary certificates, etc.

Work with the department technical document specialists to maintain correct labeling for all product samples.

Directly supervise two clerks; contribute advice to the department manager for annual reviews, direct day-to-day work loads and responsibilities and establish disciplinary measures as needed.

Contribute guidance and suggestions early in the product development process to the product developers that will improve delivery of functional product designs.

Prepare developmental and product specs as applicable.
Other duties as assigned by the department manager.

Position Qualifications

• MS degree in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry or related field with 4 to 5 years experience or BA/BS degree with 6 to 7 years related experience or related level of experience.
• Display a fundamental understanding of food science and how food is affected through processing including food safety, sanitary design, microbiology, etc.
• Troubleshooting skill with demonstrated ability to “think on their feet”.
• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
• Ability to work cross functionally through all internal departments/divisions within CFI and other ConAgra Groups to garner their support and enthusiasm.
• Understanding of food systems and ingredient interactions.
• Knowledge of product development process.
• Proven ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
• Proficient in MS Office programs

Knowledgeable in various foods processing equipment.




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