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Food Scientist-Product Development Modesto, CA

Our client, a growing food and beverage products manufacturer with a  proven track record as innovators in the nutritional, natural and organic food industries is  looking for Food Scientist to assist in the development of new products for their Modesto CA area facility.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop new products and innovations through all stages of product introduction (concept, benchtop, sensory testing, plant trial, commercialization, shelf life, nutritional verification) while staying within specified parameters (cost, label claims, targeted flavor and customer profiles) at all manufacturing sites.
  • Generate creative new concepts and innovative products and processes appropriate to the brand, business plan and strategies.
  • Represent R&D as a project leader in interacting with marketing, production, QA, purchasing, finance, logistics, and sales departments as well as with suppliers and customers.
  • Provide Technical Services and trouble shooting support to Operations and Quality Assurance
  • Conduct technical research projects through all stages of experimentation (test protocol development, inter-departmental coordination, execution, and data generation & interpretation).
  • Investigate, analyze, and execute new product/process improvement and cost savings opportunities.
  • Train and develop Lab Technician(s); may also supervise Lab Technicians.
  • Develop ingredient and nutritional statements.
  • Develop and maintain Operating and Ingredient Specifications.
  • Develop and execute best lab procedures and practices.
  • Develop juice blend recipes for production.
  • Coordinate new ingredient, crop year, and supplier approvals.



Job Requirements

Required skills:

  • Bachelors Degree in Food Science, Cereal/Grain Science or related field with minimum 4-6 years of product development experience.
  • Good understanding of food chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and sensory evaluation principles and practices, particularly in areas related to cereal/grain/nutrition/energy bars.
  • Experience in all phases of the product development process and in ingredient technology.
  • Self-manage multiple projects in a fast paced working environment.
  • Possess diverse baking, food processing and ingredient science knowledge
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with many departments such as Marketing, Sales, Operations, Quality, Logistics, and Purchasing.
  • Proactive and able to identify problems and execute solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to rapidly learn new skills and assume new responsibilities.
  • Ability to travel required. 
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Fruit and/or nutritional experience a plus, but not necessary

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