Food Technologist – Minneapolis, MN


Responsible for assisting with the R&D activity for the Wholesale Division, including the development of new products which are assembled in our own production facility.


1. Work on assigned product development projects for the company brand.
• Contribute new product ideas.
• Outsource finished goods as needed.
• Build prototypes; validate functionality of prototype in production; calculate prototype costs; sensory evaluation of prototypes; guide new prototypes from bench top to production.
• Coordinate microbiological testing of new items with Microbiologists.
• Perform product reformulation.
• Provide updates to Director of R&D.
• Component evaluation: Provide feedback and maintain records.
• Work with suppliers, brokers and sales to achieve successful new concepts, directing flavor profiles and ingredients.
• Perform technical analysis of Food Service Equipment (slicers, pumps, etc.) and new ingredient applications.
• Work with suppliers to develop raw material specifications (i.e. send proper specification form to the supplier, monitor progress, review for accuracy, distribute) for new ingredients.)
• Initiate setting up new products in the JD Edwards system with Purchasing.
• Participate in the company HACCP team.
• Maintain shared file network for R&D folder (i.e. sample list, nutritional summaries, etc.)
• Run products on production floor.
2. Update and maintain recipe book and files.
3. Update, create and maintain nutritional and ingredient labeling.
4. Competitive analysis research completed as needed.
5. Conduct research studies including test design and written conclusions.
6. Other
• Support the Kaizen process by participating in teams and follow the team process.
• Professionally represent R&D department and the company to the public industry and government.
• Participate in the strategic planning process for Marketing.
• Cooperate with all aspects of the safety program at the company.
• Make safety an important part of “Best Practices.”
• Report hazardous conditions to my manager.
• Work carefully and safely at all times.
• Follow employer safety and health rules and regulations
• Successfully complete the mandatory company quarterly Safety Training sessions for the purpose of complying with both OSHA regulations and company policy.

Required skills:


• Bachelor Degree (Food Science or Science degree) required.
• 2-5 years experience in food industry, specifically R&D
• Experience in microwave product development and MAP packaging a plus.
• Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s), MAP (Modified Atmosphere Packaging), NLEA (Nutritional Labeling Education Act) and FALCPA (Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act.)
• Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite.
• Quality Control programs (HACCP, SSOP), Microbiology, Manufacturing, Marketing and Kaizen methodology knowledge a plus.


• Mainly an office/desk position using a computer and telephone with up to 25% of time spent in the production/manufacturing environment.
• Must be able to work occasional extra hours and travel if necessary.
• Must be able to work on multiple projects independently at one time, handle deadlines, confidential information and interruptions in the work process.
• Must be able to work well with various levels of employees and diverse cultures.
• Must be able to withstand working in a cold and hot environment (-10° to 80° F) for extended periods of time.
• Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs (waist high.)

Character Attibutes: Highly communicative, interactive, customer/vendor service oriented. Team player who is flexible and desires fast paced, dynamic environment. Those who like large corporate structure and multiple management layers need not apply.

Must be willing/able to sample meat products.

To apply, please send your resume and salary requirements to If you have any questions, call 763-546-0512.

Job Type:

Direct Hire

Job Status:

Full Time




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