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Research & Development Food Technologist
Conifer Specialties, Inc. - Woodinville, WA

 

The Research & Development Food Technologist will work with the product development of all the company's dry food mix products. This position will develop items that meet market demands and implement product development projects from our top customers.

The position requires a background in food sciences including nutrition, culinary arts and recipe innovation. You will work closely with sales, purchasing and operations to facilitate timely, accurate, and cost effective product development. You will troubleshoot and problem-solve all issues related to product development, scale up and pilot plant trials.

Knowledge Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent required
  • Background in food sciences including nutrition, culinary arts and recipe innovation.
  • PC Skills including Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, & Powerpoint
  • Knowledge and understanding of ingredients and their functions in formulas and food preparation. Dry mix application experience preferred.
  • Knowledge and Experience with Genesis software or other Nutritional Labeling
  • Knowledge of Nutritional values, claims and functions of different foods and ingredients.
  • Knowledge of metric weights and standard household measurements.
  • Ability and Experience with Sensory testing, evaluation and reporting.
  • Ability to convert ideas and recipes to functional and marketable mixes at the same time staying within certain customer requirements and cost parameters.
  • Ability to create several different recipes and applications from one mix.

Job Requirements:

Must be organized and detail oriented, proficient in multitasking with multiple projects simultaneously. Must be cleanly and able to maintain a sanitary and well organized work area. This person will be responsible for managing the many details of a product from conception to delivery, including:

  • Develop formulas and recipes.
  • Oversee and conduct testing, preparing and evaluating products and formulas.
  • Cataloging and rotation of formulas, ingredients and samples.
  • Interface with external vendors to help source and cost ingredients
  • Work with Project Management, purchasing, packaging and production to create products that work best within current capabilities and vendors wherever possible.
  • Work with existing items to continue to improve quality and taste profiles and improve ingredients and nutritional value as well as proper preparation instructions.
  • Oversee and prepare customer samples.
  • Oversee and help with the development and maintenance of formula databases.
  • Do research in regards to new and innovative ideas, recipes, products and flavor trends.

OUR COMPANY POLICY IS TO RECRUIT, HIRE, TRAIN AND PROMOTE ALL PERSONS IN ALL JOB GROUPS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW, WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, AGE, MARITAL STATUS, PRESENCE OF SENSORY, MENTAL OR PHYSICAL HANDICAP, VIETNAM STATUS OR NATIONAL ORIGIN.

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