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Food Technologist I

Location: 

Emeryville, CA, US, 94608

Req ID:  23539

Rich’s has been able to pull off something rare in the business world: a culture that successfully blends the latest business practices with family values.  That means our associates are able to work for a great company while also benefiting from a work environment that fosters world class professionalism combined with family intimacy.  Our benefit offerings are reflective of this unique blend of Life, Work and Family .

PURPOSE STATEMENT

f’real, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rich Products Corporation, designs, sells and markets authentic milkshakes, smoothies and frappes all made from real ingredients - ice cream, fruit, milk and coffee.  Consumers freshly blend our delicious products in our patented blender in over 20,000 locations across the US and Canada, primarily at convenience stores and colleges and universities.  

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES/OUTCOMES

The Food Technologist/Culinary Technologist reports to the Manager of Product Development and will be responsible for efforts to generate new product development and drive innovation. With a passion for creating distinct and memorable food experiences for our customers you will develop and test new and existing raw ingredients, finalize formulations and reap the rewards of seeing your unique creations come to life. This role is responsible for the development of products including technical, formulation and sensory validation. Development is focused on supporting category objectives and leading consumer driven innovation into the market. 

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Supports cross-functional and project teams to deliver strategic initiatives.
  • Support plant trials.
  • Develop benchtop prototypes as directed.
  • Develop and maintain product and blend profile specifications.
  • Support documentation for nutritional labeling, ingredient labeling, regulatory and claim substantiation.
  • Coordinate shelf-life testing as needed.
  • Maintain laboratory supplies, equipment and ingredients inventory.
  • Provide customer and field support as needed.
  • Coordinate product cuttings as directed/needed.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/EXPERIENCE

Key to this role: This role also is responsible for establishing specification standards for new products and ensuring that appropriate controls are in place to deliver those standards consistently to our customer. A strong technical background is desired as well as insight into global industry developments and food trends to deliver customer driven market leading innovation. The ability to collaborate within working teams and with external partners to problem solve effectively will be an essential asset.

 

Desired Skills & Experience

  • 0-3 years’ experience in food product development in CPG and/or foodservice categories.
  • Experience in food production facilities (internal or co-packing) is a plus
  • BS/BA degree preferably in Food Science, Nutrition (Culinary degree a plus)
  • Convenience store channel experience a plus
  • Labeling, Regulatory and Legal Substantiation experience a plus
  • A passion for great food, an excellent palette and a creative edge
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to prioritize projects and tasks to meet timelines
  • Problem solving skills and collaborative thinking
  • Experience leading teams and/or projects across functions
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, presentation skills and relationship management
  • Advanced computer skills with the ability to learn systems quickly
  • Passion, creativity and desire to deliver the next line of great F’Real products!

 

Position Core Competencies

  • Market Knowledge: Understands the key market dynamics, trends & the competitive set; leads customer insights
  • Customer Focus: Knows key customers, helps outline objectives and develop key initiatives to address their needs and our goals; helps measure impact of product offerings; active exposure to customers and stores
  • Strategy/Planning: Active contributor to the development of the Product Development Plan, Business Review; develops key initiatives to support the plan; distills issues & opportunities to draw conclusions & implications
  • Team Leadership: Ability to lead team on key initiatives; builds collaborative relationships across multiple cross functional groups, especially Marketing, Operations, Engineering & Sales
  • Communication: Strong oral and written communicator with little coaching; competent in presenting to small and large groups
  • Financial acumen & analytics: Strong knowledge and utilization of key data systems, reporting, analysis, implications, and the key P&L levers; some management of budgets and/or forecasting

 

Personal Attributes

  • Exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Strong cross functional communicator & collaborator
  • Thrives in entrepreneurial environment - can be scrappy, creative and resourceful while also building structure and process
  • Innovative and creative thinker
  • Decisive and biased towards action – strong sense of urgency
  • Comfort working in a fast-faced, constantly-changing environment
  • Can-do attitude 

 

Job Requirements

  • Some level of travel required for plant trials, production start-ups, strategic vendor visits, customer and company meetings (approx. 15%) 

Rich Products Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates (“Rich’s”), are committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local law. The information collected by this application is solely to determine suitability for employment, verify identity, and maintain employment statistics on applicants.

 

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on Rich’s. Please contact Rich’s Human Resources department if you need assistance completing this application or to otherwise participate in the application process.


Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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