Safeway Inc., a Fortune 100 Company, is one of the largest
food and drug retailers with 1,300+ stores. The Safeway family of brands
includes some of the most prominent brands in food retailing, with a
growing base of loyal shoppers. Thanks to the professionalism, diversity,
spirit and friendliness of our people, we have locations across the U.S.
Diversity is fundamental at Safeway. We foster an inclusive working
environment where the different strengths and perspectives of each
employee is both recognized and valued. We believe that building
successful relationships with our customers and our communities is only
possible through the diversity of our people. And a diverse workforce
leads to better teamwork and creative thinking, as well as mutual
understanding and respect.
The Corporate Consumer Brands Product Development Department has an
opening for a Food/Non-Food Technologist. This position is located in
Walnut Creek, California.
This position provides technical support for all food or non food product development activities. The primary
areas of focus are documentation, record keeping, reporting, sample
storage, and sample demonstration preparation. This position assists the
product development staff in achieving its strategic initiatives.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
•New Product Development Projects - Assist Product Development Managers
by managing documentation and new food product demonstrations across
•Receive, log, and store food product sample submissions. Create and
distribute demonstration reports to functional team..
•Manufacturing Specifications - Communicate with material suppliers to
obtain specifications and convert them to Safeway manufacturing format.
•Collaborate with Strategic Sourcing to manage flow of information.
•Draft new manufacturing specifications in Safeway specifications
•Finished Product Specifications - Draft new finished product
specifications in Safeway specifications database, including NLEA and
ingredient statements, based on input from Product Development Managers
and Strategic Sourcing.
•Route specifications for approval.
•Nutritional Database - Acquire nutrition information from Safeway plants
and Suppliers (ingredient and finished goods) and enter data into Genesis
(nutritional database program). Submit additions/revisions to Product
Development Manager for approval.
•Specifications Database - Assist Product Development Managers by
managing and updating product files in SpecConnect
(specification database system). Submit additions/revisions to Product Development
Manager for approval.
•Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Chemical Engineering or a similar
•1 to 3+ years experience in the field plus the
education listed above.
•Knowledge of food manufacturing equipment and food preparation.
•Understanding of food Safety and microbiology.
•Understanding of ingredient functionality and product formulations.
•Working knowledge of packaging technology to evaluate adequacy of
•Working knowledge of food labeling regulations.
•Working knowledge of sensory evaluation procedures.
•Excellent time management skills, sense of urgency and desire to
complete all assignments on a timely basis.
•Ability to shift priorities.
•Able to operate simple chemical and analytical tools and laboratory
equipment (refractometer, pH meter, simple
titrations, and various measuring devices.)
•Working knowledge of web based applications, Microsoft Office, and
Genesis nutritional database software.
•Keen interest in food product development.
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