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Food Technician

Research and Development


Location: Brea R&D 

Exemption: Nonexempt 



Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that can be found at national and regional restaurants, hospitals and universities, movie theatres and major retailers in the U.S. and in more than 60 countries. At 15 manufacturing sites across North America, Ventura Foods creates dressings and sauces, mayonnaises, margarines, and oils that help our customers create great-tasting flavors with high-quality ingredients. Those same high-quality ingredients go into our own set of branded products, such as: Marie’s® dressings, LouAna® oils, Dean’s® dips and Gold n’ Soft® spreads. Our company is headquartered in Brea, California with operations across the U.S, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines and Singapore. Regardless of your role, function or location, at Ventura Foods, you'll be part of a supportive team dedicated to helping our customers delight their customers.

Position Summary:

Under minimal supervision of the Sr. Food Technologist, project managers, and/or senior manager, performs a wide variety of bench and pilot plant tests including making up product prototypes. Assist in a variety of sales presentations as they relate to supporting culinary development.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work under the supervision of the R&D project managers and culinary chefs to run routine product samples including sample preparation in the lab or in the pilot plant, analytical and sensory evaluation and data entry in the AS400/S Drive
  • Responsible for the overall cleaning and organization of the R&D lab including stocking of all lab supplies, ingredients and small wares and maintaining lab equipment. Sourcing and ordering ingredients from other plants and external suppliers
  • Conduct shelf life test on new products, including analytical testing, sensory evaluation, sending samples to microbiology lab (end of shelf life) and recording of results
  • Assist in the initial startup of new formulation/new process. This includes testing samples and gathering info needed for RA, Man Pkt. preparation
  • Responsible for collecting, packing and sending out customer's samples, ingredients and finished products requested by other R&D locations
  • Assist in filing, recording of formulations and other technical information
  • Responsible for evaluation of samples submitted by Sales/Marketing for in-house product match through analytical and sensory testing. Participates, conducts, evaluates, interprets, and reports results on a variety of project and culinary experiments
  • Traveling to and purchasing of ingredients/foodstuffs/lab materials from local supermarkets, restaurant chains, and other stores                  
  • Comply with all Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), safety procedures, company policies, quality policies and procedures, and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points as they apply to this position
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • Associate’s Degree in Chemistry, Food Science, Biology or equivalent experience
  • 1 or more years of experience in a food manufacturing or processing environment

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint computer-based programs as well as Outlook email 
  • Ability to learn basic operation of lab and pilot processing equipment along with job related computer software system
  • Requires excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to communicate effectively with different groups within the company and be fluent in the English language
  • Requires basic math skills
  • Basic knowledge of analytical testing procedures including monitoring production batches, following process and procedures and ability to distinguish flavor characteristics


Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Orange County
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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