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Product Developer - Food
Food Production Company - Cambridge, MD


Our client is a rapidly growing and profitable mid-size company specializing in the manufacturing of aseptic low acid natural food and beverage products. Founded in 2004, the company has a strong track record of growth and solid financial backing. Our client is privately owned and employs approximately 200 people in two state-of-the-art facilities in Cambridge, Maryland and Toronto, Canada.

As an employer, our client offers a very collegial, team-oriented culture that is informal yet highly professional. The senior leadership team is comprised of leading industry professionals from tier-one food and consumer packaged goods companies who provide exemplary leadership and mentoring to their teams. The company fosters a culture of dedicated and friendly colleagues who are solutions-oriented and who possess a high commitment to quality. Employees have the opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of the organization, and to grow their careers in expanding and evolving roles within a company that values innovation and initiative. Our client offers industry-competitive compensation and benefits packages.

Position: Product Developer
Department: Product Development
Reports to: Director Product Development

Position Summary:
The Product Developer will be responsible for the development and reformulation of soups, broths, sauces, gravies, and other food products for processing and packaging in aseptic and retortable recart packages.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Development of products and formulas for soups, broths, sauces, and gravies packaged in aseptic and recart formats
  • Interface with the Sales personnel to establish priorities and develop timetables to meet the customers’ requests
  • Work with and interact with customers on development of new products as appropriate from bench development through commercialization.
  • Ensure artwork ingredients, nutritionals and other package information are correct and are in regulatory compliance
  • Work with the Purchasing Department and Sales to rationalize the number of ingredients and formulas
  • Work with ingredient suppliers to ensure NAFTA compliance
  • Commercialize bench top samples to be run in the current plant processes
  • Preparation of batch sheets and preliminary costing of all formulas that are developed.
  • Provide on-site support for factory trials and initial production runs.
  • Derivation of parameters for nutritional labels and analytical targets and ranges for QC line testing
  • Complete analytical testing of prototypes including pH, sodium, salt, density, brix, viscosity and soup component analysis
  • Interface with the outside testing laboratories to ensure calibration and third party analytics as required by customers
  • Set-up and participate in product sensory panels
  • Documentation of all prototype formulas and worksheets


  • Minimum of 4 years as a product developer of soups, broths, sauces, and/or gravies
  • BS Food Science/Food Technology, Food or Chemical Engineering preferred.
  • Experience in aseptic packaging and processing in a low acid, high speed environment highly desireable, Combi acceptable, Tetra preferred
  • Working knowledge of HACCP, GMPs, SOPs, CFIA, FDA,USDA, Kosher, Organic, Halal requirements
  • Working knowledge of Canadian and US food safety regulations and labeling requirements recommended.
  • Familiarity with Genesis software for nutritional calculations
  • Culinary training and experience preferred
  • Knowledge of microbiological techniques and procedures
  • Strong work ethic, a “can do” or “whatever it takes” attitude
  • Flexibility to work in a fast paced environment with multiple priorities
  • Ability to work independently, with multiple priorities and to make decisions and follow through on commitments
  • Ability to travel as required within Canada and the United States
  • Computer Skills- MS Office, MS NAV or similar ERP system, Genesis

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