R&D Technologist in Fresno, CA

Research & Development Technologist
POSITION SUMMARY

The R&D Technologist will be responsible for working with the ‘think tank’ team to dream up and create new and exciting dried fruit/nut products under the industrial and retail business plans. The goal is to stay on the forefront of innovation through trend and market analysis in order to create new products before our competitors. Primary responsibilities include (but are not limited to): the execution of concept ideas to bench top testing, and ultimately, the creation of new products for consideration by the sales & marketing team. Individual will also be available to work on special projects related to industrial processing problem solving needs or new process trials. May be asked to assist in special projects related to Sample Laboratory, Incoming Quality Assurance (IQA), Quality Assurance (QA), or Food Safety.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Upholds and handles confidential information with the highest tact and discretion.
  2. Understand the concepts of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Safe Quality Food (SQF) auditing, and British Royal Consortium (BRC) auditing.
  3. Work with the R&D team and supporting staff to develop formalized product development plans.
  4. Design, outline and layout new product projects with experimentation plans.
  5. Work independently on product development ideas and projects without continued interface from management and under tight deadlines. All work is to be compiled and reported quarterly to the R&D Director and/or Vice President of Sales.
  6. Document and record details pertaining to all project work.
  7. Be able to give presentations to management reporting on project work.
  8. Become familiar with processes, ingredients, commodities, blends, raw materials, packaging, documentation, standard operating procedures and new vendors/ingredients related to Company.
  9. Will be responsible for the maintenance and sanitation of R&D support equipment as required within the scope of the position. (example: electrical issues will be handled by maintenance)
  10. Maintain awareness, handling, and separation of food grade and non-food grade experimentations, including product and equipment.
  11. Setup, conduct and maintain shelf life studies.
  12. May be asked to interface and direct people in the effort to meet R&D deadlines as required.
  13. Perform research to acquire needed information related to the R&D product development effort. This includes onsite at NRC facility or an off-site location.
  14. May be asked to attend marketing meetings to talk about ideas, showcase new product concepts, and set-up/administer product sensory evaluations as needed.
  15. Will know how to execute analytical laboratory testing methods related to product development. Will be exposed to and learn water activity, Karl Fisher moisture and High Pressure Liquid Chromatography test methods that apply to Company.
  16. Must be open to accepting duties outside of principal area of hire as needed at request of management .
  17. Upholds the Company Mission Statement.
  18. Request/source ingredients, prepare, ship, and monitor project sample requests.
  19. Communicates effectively with management to ensure a correct and timely completion of each and every task.
  20. Interface with sales representatives and customer contacts regarding product development focuses and progress. Must be able to deliver information in a professional manner.
  21. Abide by established R&D Laboratory Rules.
  22. Must learn and adhere to the National Raisin Company values.
  23. Setup, conduct and maintain shelf life studies.
  24. May be asked to interface and direct people in the effort to meet R&D deadlines as required.
  25. Perform research to acquire needed information related to the R&D product development effort. This includes onsite at NRC facility or an off-site location.
  26. May be asked to attend marketing meetings to talk about ideas, showcase new product concepts, and set-up/administer product sensory evaluations as needed.
  27. Will know how to execute analytical laboratory testing methods related to product development. Will be exposed to and learn water activity, Karl Fisher moisture and High Pressure Liquid Chromatography test methods that apply to Company.
  28. Must be open to accepting duties outside of principal area of hire as needed at request of management .
  29. Upholds the Company Mission Statement.
  30. Request/source ingredients, prepare, ship, and monitor project sample requests.
  31. Communicates effectively with management to ensure a correct and timely completion of each and every task.
  32. Interface with sales representatives and customer contacts regarding product development focuses and progress. Must be able to deliver information in a professional manner.
  33. Abide by established R&D Laboratory Rules.
  34. Must learn and adhere to the Company values.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

May be required to assist the Incoming Quality Assurance Division of the QA Department with inspections of raw materials, commodities, nutrition/regulatory, and packaging due to the position’s familiarity with all three.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

A. K n o w le dge : Bachelors of Science degree in food science, agriculture science, microbiology, chemistry, or related science field.
1-2 years experience desired in food product development, food processing and related fields to new product concepts regarding chemical, microbiological, and physical attributes. Understanding of ingredient behavior, shelf life studies, and HACCP certification desired.
B. Ski l l s: Must be able to effectively communicate with management and surrounding staff members. Must be able to use a PC based computer with MS Office programs (primarily Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and internet web search engines. E-mail and phone communication is required.
C. A b i l i t i e s: Be able to organoleptically evaluate food products (ability to differentiate colors, tastes, odors, and other visual evaluations). Be able to move cases of product (up to 50 pounds) utilizing safe techniques and/or mechanical assistance. Be able to read and write in English, and be able to effectively communicate in English via email, phone, and in person with other associates, sales staff, customers, production staff, and management team members. Be able to comprehend instructions, follow procedures, and teach both to other team members. Be able to work in ambient temperature areas and stand/walk for long periods of time.

To apply or for more information, please contact:

Ken Nelson – Nelson & Associates (Food Industry Recruiting)
Email Me at nelson@foodrecruiter.com
Visit our webpage www.foodrecruiter.com
(425)823-0956

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