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Food Technologist
Simmering Soup Kitchen, LLC - Atlanta, GA

 

Simmering Soup Kitchen, LLC is a growing food processing business located in Midtown Atlanta. We are part of a larger organization with facilities in Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas and Rhode Island and enjoy the exchange of resources and knowledge that multiple facilities provides. Also the increased career opportunities.

We produce refrigerated entrees, soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps for discerning customers in the grocery and food service sectors. We have an extensive product line that is constantly changing and expanding which is why we need help! Our goal is to be nimble enough to quickly respond to customer requests, but sufficiently process oriented to make sure that we maintain rigorous food safety and quality standards.

We are seeking an experienced Food Technologist to report to our Vice President, Research & Development in L.A., and work alongside our Product Development Chef in Atlanta. As the successful candidate you combine culinary flair with knowledge of food science and manufacturing process. You are energized by the challenge of exceeding customer expectations in the context of a lean manufacturing plant operating with just in time inventory and production methods. You are a strong communicator and a true team player, who ensures that the Product Development department supports sales and production, and works in coordination with quality assurance, purchasing and accounting.

Responsibilities include
- Provide operational support to production, both in the introduction of new products and in ensuring consistency and quality in the ongoing production once products have been launched
- Identify and implement cost reductions (e.g. process changes or ingredient substitution)
- Develop new products from ideation to plant execution for branded and private label products
- Prepare samples for customer presentations and participate in product cuttings providing support to Sales & Marketing
- Lead plant trials and monitor initial production runs
- Assist in development of Standard Operating Procedures
- Work closely with Quality Assurance, Production and Procurement
- Ongoing maintenance of recipes/formulations, methodologies and specifications
- Ingredient sourcing / evaluation

Qualifications
- Minimum 2 years of related experience. Some food manufacturing experience is required
- Diploma / Degree in Microbiology, Food Science or related discipline. Food Science degree is preferred
- Culinary experience, such as restaurant, food service, culinary program is an asset, and restaurant experience is preferred
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Excellent organizational and documentation control skills
- Strong time management skills to meet timelines
- Computer literacy

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