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Food Scientist - B2B


Seattle, WA (Tukwila)

Job Category:

Research & Development

Employment duration:

Full time



# of openings:



JOB TITLE:          Food Scientist  - B2B

REPORTS TO:       Sr. Manager R&D

STATUS:              Exempt     


JOB PURPOSE: This position is responsible for taking new, improved and optimized products from concept through successful commercialization by utilizing skills in formulation, product testing for consumer and customer testing, and translation from bench to large scale production. 


        Works closely with key customers (National Accounts and Distributors) in development, presentation and ideation.

        Leads technical components of a project by coordinating activities of a cross functional team.

        Works with internal ingredient team and external vendors to select raw materials for a given product. 

        Presents iterative prototypes/concepts to business team members, makes technical recommendations to meet project objectives.

        Develops specifications and testing protocol for new products based on critical consumer and customer attributes.

        Identifies and presents new and innovative technical solutions and product ideas to the broader organization.

        Supports cost savings initiatives through ingredient, product & process optimization.

        Provides technical support to Marketing & Sales as required.

        Provides troubleshooting support at the plant level as need arises.



        Creates an environment that encourages and teamwork and collaboration, both internally and externally.

        Excellent problem solving skills, viewing the problem as a whole and working with others as needed to resolve it.

        Willingness to challenge the status quo and ignite change by actively sharing proven ideas and technologies.

        Excellent project and time management skills.  Self-directed with minimal supervision.


        Strong written, oral, and facilitation skills.

        Ability to evaluate and communicate project status, issues or risk appropriately.

        Conveys technical information in understandable terms to all levels of the organization.

Technical Capability

        Development experience in multiple product categories, dry mix products including baking and/or beverage is a plus.

        Strong background in ingredient application.  Understanding of flours, leavening, hydrocolloids and fats is desirable.

        Experience in product scale up and comfort in a manufacturing environment is critical.

        Systems thinker; understands the linkage of activities during commercialization and principles of design for manufacturing. 

        Understanding of common consumer and market research.  Ability to apply insights throughout the development process.

        Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer applications to access information, analyze data and solve problems.

Personal and Social Competence

        High integrity and honesty, promoting trust in all actions

        Effective working relationships with internal/external counterparts: Manufacturing, Quality, Marketing, Supply Chain, Vendors.

        Enjoys working in a results-oriented, customer focused, team environment.

        Ability to turn around projects at a fast pace.

        Flexible with ability to handle changing timelines and priorities.

        Creative and change-oriented, willing to constructively challenge the status quo.

        Physical standing, bending, and lifting of product (up to 50 lbs)

        Willingness and ability to travel 10-20%



        B.S. or M.S in Food Science or related field.

        5+ years progressive product development experience.  Previous work in a Business to Business environment is required.

        Working knowledge of Stage Gate commercialization process is desirable.


The policy of Continental Mills, Inc. is to hire, train, and promote all persons in all job groups in accordance with law, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, presence of sensory, mental or physical disability, Vietnam veteran, or national origin.

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