Senior Food Technologist II Walnut Creek, CA



Job Description:


To advance Del Monte Vegetable/Tomato/Broth Research & Development projects from concept through commercialization.


This position is responsible to independently lead research projects resulting in the commercialization of new food products as assigned by the Projects Manager.
The functions performed by this position are the execution and accountability of projects by designing & conducting experiments, recording of experimental data, leading cross-functional teams, and communicating of results to the Project Manager by means of progress reports, product examinations and laboratory reports.
The incumbent in the Sr. Technologist II position is expected to have strong product formulation skills, in addition to good project planning skills which would enable him/her to independently plan, coordinate, perform, and be accountable for all aspects of a project (including but not limited to: project design & timing analysis; cost analysis; sourcing raw materials; prototype development; rapid protocepting; data analysis & interpretation; managing chemistry & lab analysis; assessing process integration & co-packing feasibility; ensuring products are developed within Nutrition, Regulatory, and QA guidelines; and managing product stability & shelf life testing).
The position may also be required to supervise the department's support staff (i.e.: technicians), coordinate new product / production start-up, and lead the operational troubleshooting efforts at manufacturing installations. This includes technical service projects such as formula qualifications, product-package interactions, process scale-ups, and cost optimization initiatives.
The problems most often encountered in this position are solving complex technical problems related to the development, manufacturing, and / or modification of the food products and processes.
The greatest challenge is to achieve the desired research results within the product image, cost, and time guidelines set forth for the multiple projects he/she will be working on. The incumbent may at times be required to travel to various Company installations, co-packers, or suppliers.
The Sr. Technologist II performance is measured on his / her ability to efficiently organize and plan for complex projects, scientifically conduct research projects using experimental design, and his / her ability to work with other technologists within the food group, other laboratory groups and personnel at the other Del Monte Foods facilities. The incumbent in this position is expected to show progression in the ability to execute complex projects requiring extensive technical expertise and detailed project planning skills prior to promotion.

Other aspects of this position required of an incumbent:
Must be able to travel by plane
Must be capable of travel for extended periods of time
The ability to lead a group
Must be able to work in a factory environment dealing with equipment and raw ingredients
Must be able to conduct plant tests and commissionings
Physical labor (able to lift 50 lbs. and maneuver around equipment)
Ability to comprehend written instructions
Possess mathematical dexterity
Possess computer skills - Excel, Word, Genesis, and be able to learn new programs


The incumbent may be asked to prepare and conduct special cuttings of samples and collect product data.
To support Exploration Phase of Product Development cycle, technical evaluation of adjacent category products is expected.
Proactively generate and develop innovative product and process ideas.
Work closely with Purchasing to establish and reinforce new & existing relationships with suppliers & vendors; establish the framework for evaluating contingency suppliers and raw materials.
Provide special technical input and assistance in regulatory & labeling, nutritional, and packaging.
Pull together project plans and presentations for upper management alignment and review.


The incumbent's most significant contacts within the Company are daily contacts with other groups within the technical center and periodic contact with Leadership Teams, Marketing, Market Research, and Operations. Contacts with outside supplier representatives will also occur.


Minimum B.S. Food Science, Chemistry, Food Engineering, Chemical Engineering


7 years minimum R&D experience


Competitive salary
Comprehensive benefits package including Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k) and Pension Plan

Del Monte Foods is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



No sponsorship is available for this position. No agency solicitations. No third party recruiters

Relocation Eligible:



Shift - Days

State / Province:



Walnut Creek

Del Monte Foods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, medical condition, disability or any other legally protected status.

Please be advised that your application is not complete until you fill out, sign, and submit a Del Monte Application for Employment for a specific position for which Del Monte is actively recruiting. Your application must reflect that you possess the required qualifications for the position


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