About Intermountain IFT jobs

We are a volunteer organization in the Food Industry. Join us for our yearly symposium that occurs in Sun Valley, Idaho! Updates on the June 2017 Symposium to follow soon. Intermountain IFT is the Intermountain Chapter of the Institute of Food Technologists. The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is the premier scientific and educational society serving the food science and technology field. Founded in 1939, IFT is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to advance the science and technology of food through the exchange of knowledge. IFT members represent a broad cross-section of food professions in industry, academia, and government throughout the world.

R&D Technologist


Oregon Spice Company is a supplier of quality bulk spices, seasonings and customized blends to the food industry, focused on the areas of industrial and food service. We are looking for a person to be committed to our values of Food Safety, Superior Quality, and Excellent Customer Service.

 R&D Technologist

This individual is responsible for the development of high quality products. They will also provide the technical documentation required to meet our internal requirements and customer requirements. This individual is responsible for working with the technical services team to adhere to BRC requirements, as well other certifications. They will report to the Director of R&D.


  • Project Management
  • Bench top development of new products based on customer requirements including but not limited to product matching, new seasoning formulations, conversion of customer recipes
  • Bench top application testing of blends, including basic cooking methods
  • Blend Bench top samples for customer testing
  • Work with production to optimize blending and packaging of new products
  • Communicate with customers to clarify projects
  • Source new ingredients and required documentation for projects
  • Develop documentation for products as required internally and for customers, including but not limited to –
    • Ingredient statements that meet FDA regulatory requirements
    • Develop specifications per customer and company requirements
    • Create nutritional documentation using Genesis R&D program
    • Maintain organization of records
    • Keep lab clean and organized


  • BS in Food Science or related field, with experience of 3 – 5 years in the food industry
  • Moderate knowledge of GMP, HACCP and GFSI programs
  • Expert knowledge of USDA and FDA labeling regulations
  • Moderate knowledge of Organic Certification, Kosher Certification, Non GMO
  • Must work well independently and in collaboration with other team members and customers
  • Must be able to handle shifting of priorities in a fast paced work environment
  • Must be very organized and prioritize time well with meticulous attention to detail
  • Must be highly proficient in computer skills, Microsoft Office, Genesis R&D Program

Must have the ability to learn programs easily and quickly

Oregon Spice Company offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Contact Jennifer Marcotte for more info – e: Jennifer@oregonspice.com t: 503-238-0664

Process Development Project Manager, Idaho Falls, ID


Process Development – Project Manager, Idaho Falls, ID


Oversees multiple Process Development projects in support of our Strategic Plan and is accountable for providing technical leadership in the planning, evaluating, and developing of new technologies and processes and executing the successful transfer of new processes to manufacturing facilities.  Primary technical emphasis on snack extrusion and extrusion process development.  Manages all aspects of the projects, including assigned resources, and is accountable for planning, organizing and directing all pilot plant production operations.  Maintains a high level of business acumen.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • 40%   Lead the development of new processes and products, focusing on delivering to internal and external requirements including: consumer/customer requirements, efficiency, productivity, reliability, and adaptability for commercial scale up. Support Product Development, Marketing & Innovation in the development and implementation of new products, line extensions and product improvements.  Develops and maintains extrusion expertise in support of new and existing processes.
  • 30%   Manage the development and transfer of new technologies and processes from the bench/lab area to full pilot line production, to commercialization, establishing quality assurance specifications, process specifications and frequency of tests for process control.   Plan and coordinate all activities for the transfer of new processes/products to Operations.
  • 20%  Directs and conducts laboratory and pilot plant experiments involving products and processes necessary to execute projects.  Brings tests to conclusion, analyzes data, reports results, solve problems, and makes recommendations.
  • 10%   Provide technical support to Marketing/Sales, Technology, and Operations teams in troubleshooting and solving process performance problems.  Provide technical support to customers by recommending appropriate technical solutions for product or process parameters.


Education and/or Experience

Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering or Food Engineering preferred.  Bachelor’s degree (B. S.) from a four-year college or university in engineering and seven years related experience including two years of experience developing unique food processes in the food industry and 1-3 years supervisory experience.  Experience demonstrating technical extrusion excellence is required.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations.  Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to learn and use new systems. Optiva Database software; Development software; Human Resource systems; Internet software; Inventory software; Manufacturing software; Project Management software; MS Word and Excel, Outlook Calendar, TIMEX, and Optiva.

Other Qualifications

Travel within a 60 mile local area required.  Travel beyond that will be required on a project basis.  Travel is typically 10% – 20%, but may be as high as 75%, as the projects require.

Send Replies to

Connie Dorigan      Condor1@dorigan.com

Please send your Resume as a Word.doc with the title of the position in the subject line.

Plant Manager in Idaho Falls, ID


Plant Manager, Idaho Falls, ID  (Food Industry)  


Oversees, directs, and monitors plant manufacturing and associated support activities.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees development of the plant budget (fixed and variable costs) and capital plan (infrastructure) to support the company business plan. Facilitate the efficient use of raw materials in the conversion to finished goods for our customers. Manages facility manufacturing organization through support of shift supervision on a day to day basis.  Directs functional support groups as necessary to meet manufacturing objectives.  Oversees development, implementation and sustainability of process improvements and enhancements to reduce costs.
  2. Monitors manufacturing and supporting processes to ensure products are delivered on time at the lowest total cost by conforming exactly to the customer’s requirements.  Provides appropriate customer support as requested.
  3. Directs plant safety programs. Ensures a safe working environment for all employees. Monitors safety performance and assures compliance with established policies, procedures and goals.  Achieves high levels of product safety by compliance to all applicable Federal and State laws and statues, Company policies and customer requirements.  Models the way with regard to performing safety observations on a regular basis.
  4. Establishes a working environment that allows employees every opportunity to reach their potential. Directs all related activities for Shift Superintendents and hourly employees including employee selection, appraisals and development plans, counseling and motivation, and compensation for direct reports.  Ensures a proactive approach to training and developing employees is consistently followed.
  5. Oversees development, operation and enhancement of processes that protect the land, environment, and natural resources.  Assures compliance with all applicable company policy, as well as federal, state, and local regulations.
  6. Supports the local community through contributions that have a meaningful impact on the welfare of its citizens. Maintains an active and positive presence in the community and encourages the involvement of other employees in community and political activities.

Must maintain the highest standards of ethics and integrity while embodying the tenets of “What We Stand For” and “The Basic Principles.”

Must maintain the highest standards of data management by creating consistent, reliable data which will ensure accuracy and in turn, maximize the use of data and confidence in decision-making.

Proactively manage safety by ensuring compliance with all Federal and State regulations and internal Company policies.  Regularly complete behavior based safety observations.  Ensure unsafe conditions are corrected in a timely manner.

All employees are responsible for upholding the principles of SQF 2000.

A trained designee will be appointed by management to cover for absences and vacancies

All employees are responsible for immediately reporting any food safety, food quality or plant security issues to management for appropriate action.

Other duties may be assigned.

Education and/or Experience:  

Bachelor of Science degree preferably in engineering and eight to ten years of experience with a minimum of five years leadership in a manufacturing environment.

Language Skills:

Ability to read, comprehend, and compose simple to complex instructions, correspondence, and memos. Ability to effectively present information verbally in one-on-one to large group (20+) situations at all levels of the organization.  Ability to effectively facilitate meetings.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to creatively apply experience and common sense to a variety of situations, processes and people.  Ability to make technical decisions and support others team members on technical issues.  Ability to manage many projects concurrently.  Ability to recognize areas for improvement and motivate others to take action to correct problems.

Computer Skills:

Strong computer skills for effective use of planning software tools and the Microsoft Office suite.

Physical Demands:

The individual must be capable of carrying up to 25lbs while traveling.  This position requires 10-25% travel.

Work Environment:

The employee is regularly in a traditional office environment in a production facility.  However, while performing the duties of this job, the employee may also be near moving mechanical equipment and may be regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions.  The employee may occasionally access high, precarious places and may be occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and extreme heat.  The noise level may be loud at times, requiring hearing protection.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Send Replies to

Connie Dorigan      Condor1@dorigan.com

Please send your Resume as a Word.doc with the title of the position in the subject line.

Director of Quality and Regulatory Operations in South East Idaho


Director Quality and Regulatory Operations,

Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The Director of Quality and Regulatory Operations will direct food safety, quality, and regulatory compliance of domestic and international sales. Oversee administration of quality systems and documentation that ensures compliance with third party, regulatory, customer, and religious requirements.  This position will also make regulatory and quality documentation available to customers, Marketing, Sales, Technology, and Operations along with develop a QRO operating plan that aligns departmental goals with corporate strategic initiatives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Use independent judgment to develop and implement a long term strategy to drive quality excellence in regards to food safety, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance of domestic and international products produced at all divisions. Provide a transition of new products between Product Development and Operations. Review potential acquisitions for food safety and quality compliance.

Oversee the quality and regulatory expectations of ingredient and packaging suppliers.

Provide overall leadership to all organizational recall and product retrievals.  Interact directly with the USFDA, USDA, and any customers to meet food standards set by individual entities.

Provide expert guidance and council for customers and top management as required. Direct compliance of customer requirements for quality, GMP/food safety, and product specifications.  Review and approve customer contracts relative to meeting customer requirements of food quality and food safety.

Provide strategic direction for the administration and development of the Technology Information Management Exchange that is the backbone of Quality Systems, Policies, and Procedures.  Make regulatory and quality documentation available to customers and Marketing, Sales, Technology, and Operations.

Facilitate and direct the strategic goals of the QRO department to meet the individual needs of each facility and align the goals with corporate strategic initiatives.

Must maintain the highest standards of data management by creating consistent, reliable data which will ensure accuracy and in turn, maximize the use of data and confidence in decision making.

Proactively manage safety by ensuring compliance with all Federal and State regulations and internal Company policies.  Regularly complete behavior based safety observations.  Ensure unsafe conditions are corrected in a timely manner.

All employees are responsible for upholding the principles of SQF 2000.

All employees are responsible for immediately reporting any food safety, food quality or plant security issues to management for appropriate action.

Other duties may be assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Directly supervises employees in the Quality and Regulatory Operations. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Qualifications 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor of Science degree and preferably a Master of Science degree and ten to twelve years related experience.

Send Replies to

Connie Dorigan      Condor1@dorigan.com

Please send your Resume as a Word.doc with the title of the position in the subject line.

Food Scientist Regulatory Nutrition (Caldwell, ID)


Food Scientist Regulatory Nutrition (Food Group – Caldwell, ID)

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. These endeavors have been around for centuries and will continue to be a vital part of the global economy. We currently have a Food Scientist Regulatory Nutrition position available at the Technical Center in Caldwell, ID.

This Scientist primarily supports the Principal Scientist Regulatory Nutrition with additional support to Research and Development. This position reviews new and existing food product labels, responds to internal and external customer inquiries for nutrition and allergen information, and performs nutrition labeling software data-entry. They will also assist in the development and maintenance of an international regulations databank. Other responsibilities include: planning and executing new product and technology development, and improvements to existing products and processes within Food Group, including cost reduction projects. This position interfaces with Sales, Marketing, Operations, and Quality Assurance in making and fostering technical relationships with the company’s current and potential customers.


  • Support the Principal Scientist Regulatory Nutrition and Research and Development.
  • Participate in the cross functional review of all official formulas to confirm accuracy, support of all product claims and that all information for use in labeling is accurate and properly presented.
  • Assist with label compliance, nutrition support, and regulatory support for Simplot businesses up to and including: foodservice, retail, joint venture, copack and international.
  • Typical tasks include: Packaging graphics review. Ingredient data entry into Genesis SQL. Serving size household measure determination. Review of Marketing materials for compliance. Review of ingredients for international market compliance.
  • Respond to customer inquiries and form completion requests.
  • Research international food laws and regulations relevant to Simplot products.


  • Bachelor’s Degree from 4 year college or university (Food Science or Nutrition Degree preferred)
  • 5+ years related experience and/or training

PG: 43

How to Apply

Internal Candidates
• Apply through Employee Space to Job ID #2201

External Candidates
• Visit http://www.simplot.com/careers
• Select Job Search
• Select Professional Jobs
• Select All open positions
• Search Job ID # 2201
For best results, please upload your resume as a Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF document. This process includes additional job relevant questions, so plan on at least 20 minutes when you apply.

When a position is in the interview stage or has been filled, it will no longer appear on our Simplot Careers website. If you experience any technical difficulties when applying through our online system, please contact our Employment Center for assistance at careers@simplot.com or 1-877-878-7404.

***The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.***

For more information, please contact:

Becca Nichols
Recruiter- Food Group
J. R. Simplot Company
Tel. (208) 780-7241 | Cell. (208) 577-8705

Senior Food Scientist in Seattle


An entrepreneurial consumer goods company in the Seattle, WA area is seeking a Senior Scientist to join their R&D organization. Ideal candidates will have 8+ years of product development experience, from concept to commercialization, and an understanding of the stage gate process. BS or MS in Food Science or related filed is required.

For more information, please contact:

Bella Cenzano-Fong

310-540-3231, ext. 7


QA Manager in Idaho


Job Title: QA Manager

Job Location: Idaho

Job Summary:

We are representing an established food processor based in Idaho who needs to hire a talented QA Manager to join their team. This position will be responsible to supervise and lead quality assurance technicians to ensure proper execution of all procedures to keep compliant with all safety and food safety regulations, quality standards, and legal requirements

Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Monitor packaging quality performance against standards to ensure success of the daily packaging operations.
  • Notify management of any production, safety, quality or environment concerns within the facility.
  • Coordinate, schedule and track all product to packaging lines to meet scheduled Quality Assurance requirements.
  • Continuously promote quality awareness and assists management with quality training programs.
  • Ensure open and frequent communication and teamwork across all departments.
  • Supervise and oversee QA technicians and Special Services group;.
  • Interpret GMP, AIB, and FDA regulations, and confers with management or staff to determine quality and reliability standards.
  • Manage routine department activities and assists Supervisor/Lead to control those activities.
  • Create a team environment.
  • Select products for tests at specified stages in production process, and tests products for variety of qualities such as dimensions, performance, flavor, color, breakage, and other characteristics.
  • Conduct and present regular food safety and defense training with all plant team members (i.e. HACCP, GMP’s, etc.)
  • Conduct regular internal food safety and defense audits to verify 1st Time Quality;
  • Ensure that plant is tour and audit ready at all times.
  • Take charge of customer and other regulatory plant audits.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to motivate team efforts to accomplish goals.
  • Well organized and able to manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Proficient PC skills in MS Office and database management.
  • Able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities with efficiency and accuracy.
  • Able to travel to all areas of the plant efficiently, including climbing stairs.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedural manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from leads, managers, and co-workers. Ability to solve practical problems and deals with variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in oral, diagram, or scheduled form.
Compensation: 80-90K, Medical and Dental Health Insurance, 401K, Vacation, Sick Leave, Relocation Assistance.

To Apply: Please send resume to Jennifer Mazza


Phone: 317-870-9000

Cell: 805-441-6277

Fax: (805)481-3545

Or visit us on the web: www.producecareers.com Please note: Our services are confidential. Thank You.