Food Scientist – Colton, CA


McCain Foods USA

It’s a fresh approach. McCain Foods believes that when you start with only the freshest and healthiest ingredients, add a commitment to quality, consistency and convenience, the product will be outstanding—every time. That is our recipe for success and it is the reason that we continue to be a world leader in providing superior food of uncompromising standards. The same is true of our people. We seek only the best. If you are the very best at what you do and count integrity, sincerity and responsibility among your key virtues, then you might be a good fit for our team. If you’re ready for a fresh approach to work, then we’re ready for you. McCain Foods— Grow with us!


Makes meaningful contributions to R&D and Company objectives by providing leadership and support for multiple projects with an emphasis on innovation, new product development, product line extensions, product/process improvements, quality enhancement and other projects as assigned. This is a “hands-on” position, catalyzing the development of innovative new products from prototype through product introduction.




Ø Oversees projects and experiment executions:

·      Manages multiple product development projects from conception to commercialization.

·      Develops new product concepts and prototypes.

·      Translates project objectives into experimental design.

·      Provides experiment/project conclusions, summaries, recommendations and changes to plan.

·      Identifies, selects and approves new raw materials.

·      Specifies and approves product packaging material, size, labeling and regulatory requirements.

·      Selects and applies appropriate manufacturing processes and equipment.

·      Develops and implements all product documents, specifications and related technical and costing information.

·      Assists in the development and completion of project timelines.

Ø Coordinates plant scale tests:

·      Prepares written outline of test objectives or line test request document.

·      Prepares necessary ingredients for plant scale test.

·      Sets up and conducts meeting with plant representatives.

·      Communicates objectives, special needs, accept/reject criteria to plant representatives.

·      Oversees plant scale tests.

·      Responsible for assuring that the test objectives are met.

·      Prepares written assessment of plant scale test proceedings and results.

·      Assist in process optimization projects and problem resolution with Technical Services, Operations, Engineering, QA and other departments as assigned.

·      Evaluates and adjusts product and manufacturing cost parameters to meet operational and sales objectives.

Ø Technical Support:

·      Provides technical support in identifying and solving product design and manufacturing issues.

·      Coordinates product presentations for both internal and external customers.

Ø Managerial:

·      May supervise the activities of one or more individuals.

·      Provides effective project leadership.

·         Provides skill assessment and developmental plans for direct reports.

Ø Suppliers and Customers:

·      Interface with customers, suppliers and co-packers, as required, to meet Department and Company objectives:

o Leads or supports assigned projects at co-packers.

o Realizes customer needs by developing new concepts or product improvement opportunities, prototypes and products.

o Coordinates raw material sourcing, evaluation and improvement activities with suppliers.

o Assists Sales and Marketing in developing and delivering effective customer presentations and training.

Ø Travel:

·      Ability to travel up to 50%, or as project load and training may require.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.




Ø Minimum:

·      B.S. Degree in Food Science, plus three (3) years food industry experience in R&D.

·      M.S. Degree in Food Science, plus two (2) years food industry experience in R&D.

Ø Preferred:

·      B.S. Degree in Food Science or a food-related science (microbiology, chemistry, nutrition), plus six (6) years food industry experience in R&D.

·      M.S. Degree in Food Science or a food-related science (microbiology, chemistry, nutrition), plus four (4) years food industry experience in R&D.




Ø Knowledge:


  • Basic understanding of:


    • Formulas and maintaining proper R&D documentation.
    • Food manufacturing operations, equipment and production facilities.


  • Working knowledge of general mathematics and scientific weights and measures.
  • 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 the scientific method, experimental design tools and statistical process control concepts.

Research and Development






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