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Technologist, Product Development

Summary of Position
The Technologist role within the Product Development team is primarily a supporting role. This function works both within a team, assisting others under the direction of experienced R&D staff, as well as individually on assigned applications and development work. This role may also execute the development of projects and be appointed as the technical lead, with supervision from other technical roles. As this role is mainly supporting the Product Development team, the specific day-to-day tasks may vary but include Pilot Plant batching, analytical testing, and benchtop development.

Essential Job Duties
  • Batch, package, and ship product samples for customer evaluation, third party laboratory or consumer testing.
  • Batch and prepare formulas for processing in the Pilot Plant. General awareness of processing equipment.
  • Conduct analytical testing on raw and finished product samples including but not limited to pH, titratable acidity, total solids/moisture, particle size, Brix, density, viscosity, and color.
  • Keep detailed records of batched formulas, analytical testing data, shelf life data and collaborate with the Product Development, Engineering, and Sensory teams to produce formal reports when needed.
  • Execute low-complexity, low-risk development projects under the supervision of other technical roles.
  • Monitor shelf life for given projects and pull product samples at regular intervals for analytical testing.
  • Execute other duties as assigned within established SOPs and participate in SOP revision, optimization, and creation with other R&D stakeholders. Participates in training and onboarding initiatives.
  • Maintain, clean, and organize all work areas including participation in maintenance of communal workspaces.
  • Follow all Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) guidelines.
  • May provide technical support for low-complexity, low-risk trial runs.
  • This role may require travel to manufacturing plants (<10%).

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in food science or related field.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a food/beverage manufacturing facility and/or laboratory setting.
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office suite including Outlook, Excel, SharePoint, and Word.
  • Collaborative and team-oriented mindset and detailed work style.
  • Comfortable with a brisk working pace and environment of changing priorities.
  • Ability to lift or move ingredient containers weighting up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to stand or remain in a stationary position for long periods of time.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Minimum 1 year experience in beverage product development is preferred.
  • Skilled in technical writing/communication.

Working Conditions
  • Typical office setting for most desk work and paperwork.
  • Typical food/beverage laboratory and pilot plant setting for all hands-on development work.
  • Occasional travel to manufacturing plants.