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Food Scientist I


Seattle, WA (Tukwila)

Job Category:

Research & Development

Employment duration:

Full time



# of openings:



JOB TITLE:††††† Food Scientist I

REPORTS TO:††††† Team Leader - R&D

STATUS:†††††††††† Exempt††† †††††††††††


JOB PURPOSE: This position is responsible for the design, development and commercialization of dry mix blends including bakery mixes, coatings, beverage, spice and seasonings and others as deemed necessary.This position will work closely with key customers in product development and scale up.



∑         Develops bench top formulations for new product development, product enhancement, optimization and process improvement.

∑         Manages the project plan, schedule and resources to meet the development objective.

∑         Manages the commercialization process through manufacturing and customerís application.

∑         Presents new products, technical solutions and optimization opportunities to R&D, sales and key customers.

∑         Provides test directions and specifications on new products that measure key functional and sensory attributes.

∑         Provides technical support to customers, sales & manufacturing.

∑         Maintains key account relationships.

∑         Supports cost saving initiatives through ingredient, product & process optimization.

∑         Utilizes outside technical resources, information and vendors for innovation, optimization and improvements.

∑         Performs other duties as assigned.




∑         Ability to take appropriate action to mitigate impact of problems (prediction, identification, isolation, containment)

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

∑         Excellent problem solving skills.Ability to view the problem as whole and to work with others to solve. Strong analytically.


∑         Strong written, oral, and facilitation skills.

∑         Excellent listener.Empathetic to individuals concerns and directs necessary follow-up actions.

∑         Conveys information in understandable terms at all levels of the organization (internally and externally).

Technical Capability

∑         Development experience in multiple product categories: dry mixes, coatings, beverages, baking, spice and seasoning.

∑         Ability to match/reverse engineer products in the marketplace.

∑         Strong competence and technical background in flour, starch, leavening, hydrocolloids, fats & oil, spices and flavorings.

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

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

∑         Strong desktop applications competence (Excel, Access, Word, Powerpoint.)

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

∑         Excellent decision making skills.

∑         Ability to balance service and cost while meeting or exceeding customer expectations.

Personal and Social Competence

∑         High integrity and honesty, promoting trust in all actions.

∑         Responsive, with the ability to handle changing timelines and multiple priorities and multiple projects.

∑         Assertive, energetic, and a self-starter.

∑         Ability to turn around projects at a very rapid pace.

∑         Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

∑         Ability to work in a food laboratory and manufacturing environment.

∑         Willingness and ability to travel and work a flexible work schedule.

∑         Ability to stand, bend, and lift product (up to 50 lbs)



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

∑         5+ years progressive product development experience in dry mixes.Focus on bakery items, coatings and beverages.

∑         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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