Senior Food Scientist - Batter Development Othello, WA
Salary: $75k-$85K  Bonus: 7.5%
Location: Othello, WA

Job Description:

  • Makes meaningful contributions to Company objectives by providing a highly developed level of technical competence and experience to lead and/or support projects with an emphasis on the development of proprietary batter and processes, product line extensions, product/process improvements, cost reduction, margin improvement, or other work as assigned.
  • Leads, as assigned, multiple projects from conception to commercialization:
  • Coordinates process initiation after initial guidelines and directions.
  • Develops new batters and battering processes.
  • Develops new product concepts and prototypes.
  • Identifies, selects and approves raw materials for use in batter.
  • Specifies and approves product packaging material, size labeling and other review to ensure regulatory requirements are met.
  • Selects, applies or recommends the appropriate existing or new manufacturing processes and equipment.
  • Coordinates and supervises product line tests and production runs, including scheduling line time, ensuring raw material availability, training production personnel, and defining and implementing test objectives.
  • Leads the evaluation and adjusting of product and manufacturing cost parameters to meet operational and sales objectives.
  • Trains other staff members on functional batter attributes.
  • Conducts patent searches in relation to batter development.
  • Supervises one or more Lab Technicians, Sr. Lab Technicians or Food Technologists.
  • Provides skill assessment and developmental paths and work for direct reports.
  • Provides effective cross-functional team leadership as necessary on a project basis.
  • Utilizes excellent communication skills to organize project teams and activities, conducts project meetings and tasks, and reports on project progress and results.
  • Contributes technical knowledge and expertise to identify project risks and rewards, solves project problems and implements solutions.
  • Applies available resources to effectively meet R&D and Company objectives (time, equipment, personnel, budget and materials).
  • Provides technical support to Operations, QA, Procurement, Engineering and other departments, as assigned, in identifying and solving product design and manufacturing issues.
  • Provides technical support to R&D in specific areas as in-house primary resource.
  • Provides technical support to Sales and Marketing in identifying new product opportunities, marketing plan product attributes and sales points, and coordinates product presentations for both internal and external customers.
  • Designs and conducts raw material, process and product evaluations and tests.
  • Provides internal expertise in specific areas. Provides technical support to other department personnel as directed on an as-needed basis.
  • Leads assigned projects at co-packers.
  • Realizes customer needs by developing new concepts, prototypes and products.
  • Leads raw material sourcing, evaluation, improvement and approval activities with Purchasing functions and/or suppliers.
  • Significantly supports Sales and Marketing in developing and delivering effective customer presentations.
  • Ability to travel up to 50% as project load and training requires.


  • Minimum Education: B.S. in food science or food-related sciences (microbiology, chemistry, nutrition) is required. Master of Science Degree in Food Science, Nutrition or related field preferred.
  • Six (6) years of Food industry experience. Experience developing batters, dry blends, etc. preferred.
  • Ten (10) years of Food industry experience.
  • Working knowledge of base batter ingredients and their functionalities. 
  • Strong working knowledge of food laws and regulations required, including nutritional facts development (NLEA), ingredient declarations, develop formulas and maintain proper R&D documentation.
  • Demonstrates thorough understanding of Food manufacturing operations and production facilities, possesses extensive familiarity with production equipment and capabilities.
  • Working knowledge of advanced scientific method, experimental design tools and statistical process control concepts.
  • Applies scientific principles and analytical methodologies to assigned projects and problems.
  • Ability to perform mathematical calculations and utilize statistical techniques to analyze and present data.
  • Ability to manage and supervise personnel and projects.
  • Working knowledge of standard software systems.
  • Ability to use laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to interact with customers, suppliers and co-packers.
  • Strong ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to represent the Research and Development Department in this organization in a professional and positive manner.

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