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Senior Food Tech – San Leandro, CA

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Job Description

  • Trains and supports the work of R&D Technicians and Associates.
  • Assists Principal Chef in the oversight of work conducted in the test kitchen.
  • Formulates, applies, tests and evaluates products ensuring they are properly prepared and meeting company and customer standards: simple and efficient processes, right costs, good quality.
  • Critically evaluates food products to help determinate palatability, consumer appeal, and functionality.
  • Enters recipes into the Product Development template using bakers’ percentage.
  • Evaluates recipes for adherence to cost standards and nutrition, and reformulates recipes as needed to meet targets.
  • Researches ingredients & natural functional additives, develops relationships with strategic suppliers and prepares and maintains raw ingredient specifications for components of products.
  • Leads plant trials and product commercialization projects to ensure smooth transition from R&D to bakery operations. Prepares appropriate documentation as needed.
  • Develops understanding of bakery capabilities: equipment, lean procedures and people.
  • Collaborates with the QA department on the interpretation of laboratory analysis of final products to ensure compliance with labeling standards, food safety, and product consistency.
  • Understands appropriate quality assurance standards and specifications, including adherence to HACCP program, FDA requirements, USDA regulations and third party inspections.
  • Verifies label accuracy for new and existing products as needed.
  • Troubleshoots bakery ingredient or process issues.
  • In conjunction with the Principal Chef leads, manages and conducts the product development process with sales and key customers at ARYZTA’s Newark CA, Bakery
  • Demonstrates a strong passion for food, flavors and innovation
  • Possesses strong teamwork skills and the ability to work in a fast paced environment.
  • Strong understanding of ARYZTA org charts and product lines
  • Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; inspires respect and trust; accepts feedback from others
  • Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; educates others on the value of diversity; promotes a harassment-free environment.
  • Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values
  • Volunteers readily; undertakes self-development activities; seeks increased responsibilities; takes independent actions and calculated risks; asks for and offers help when needed
  • Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness
  • Sets priorities, manages time, problem solves and delivers on or above expectations.
  • Adherence to New Product Development / BRC Guidelines / GMPs
  • Knows, understands and applies development methodologies.
  • Maintains high level of knowledge base regarding market trends and new ingredient opportunities through attending industry seminars, trade shows, industry periodicals, and professional technical / culinary associations.
  • Works with ARYZTA Procurement to ensure packaging meets necessary specification guidelines to ensure product integrity and quality are maintained throughout the product life cycle.
  • Participate and review new product start-ups once product goes into manufacturing.
  • Must be able to work in a strong team-based product development process environment.
  • Maintaining company confidential information
  • Meet customer’s request expectations for presenting at their facilities and/or work off-site with key suppliers on development projects including travel out of state (which may include traveling by plane).

·     Coordinates and participates in raw material preparation for samples with CR&I personnel and verifies adherence to specifications provided.

·     Demonstrates expertise in CR&I equipment use and settings.

·     Communicates with CR&I technicians to accurately maintain data generated in preparation and completion of requested samples.

·     Manages the planning and implementation of special projects, customer presentations, luncheons, and off site research.

Essential Functions

·     Maintaining test kitchen files

·     Integrating new product formulations into production in conjunction with Project Manager

·     Working with CR&I Manager, Director and Technicians for smooth development of new products for new and existing customers

·     High level of communication skills require

·     Maintaining a high level of confidentiality

·     Travel to participate and/or conduct customer presentations

·     Team oriented individual

·     Strong Facilitation and Project Management skillsAbility to work in a fast paced/ high pressure environment

Physical Demands

·     Working in a fast paced environment

·     Working in ambiguity

·     Sitting at a desk, working on the computer for long periods of time.

·     Standing for long periods of time during food preparation.

·     Working in cold or hot environments, including walking in and out of freezers.

·     Working with hot equipment

·     Packing and Lifting boxes up to 50 lbs.

·     Travel

Work Enviroment

·     Works 50% of the time in climate controlled commercial kitchen environment; 45% of time in climate controlled plant environment of 44 -48F and 5% of time in climate controlled freezer environment of 5-15F

·     Working near hot environment

·     Working with sharp tools

·     Hard floors

·     Noisy conditions

Required Skills

·     Office and food manufacturing facility experience.

·     Highly refined organizational skills

·     Speaks and writes confidently and clearly

·     Develops and leads presentations

·     Supervisory experience

·     Excellent Computer Skills (Microsoft Office suite and internet usage)

·     Positive attitude and work environment presence

·     Knows and applies development methodologies

·     Coach, mentor, role model

·     Embraces changes

·     Demonstrates creativity and excitement around food and food trends

·     Ability to work under pressure

·     Excellent communication skills both verbal and written

Required Experience

·     BA/BS/MS program and/or equivalent professional education culinary/science education

·     Minimum 5years’ experience in food-related Research and Development.

·     Supervisory experience.

·     Food Manufacturing Industry Experience preferred

Job Location

San Leandro, California, United States

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