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Senior Food Technologist

Research and Development

Location: Fort Worth CSC 

Exemption: Exempt 

 

OUR COMPANY:

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:

About the job: The job involves working collaboratively with Ventura’s chefs, R&D, Operations and Quality staff to develop on-trend salad dressings, sauces and mayonnaise from benchtop through plant production that help our customers delight their customers.  Periodically, it also causes grinning from ear to ear when you are sitting at home watching a TV commercial or driving along in your car and spot a billboard advertising one of our customer’s menu items that contains a product you had a hand in creating. 

The Right Candidate: This person exhibits humility by being self-confident and proposing and implementing solutions to complex technical and creative challenges while being open to other points of view.  The candidate is hungry, meaning they are self-motivated and diligent, but also looking to eat.
 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for formula creation, revision, evaluation and validation prior to manufacturing packet distribution to the plants. Design formula to meet customer specifications and requirements. Utilize nutrition database for product development, recipe analysis, nutrition analysis and government compliant labeling. Responsible for leading  minor and major projects from concept to commercialization. Adhering to all safe practices and GMP's for the tests being performed. 
  • Responsible for overall project tracking, communication to sales, marketing, operations, senior technical services staff, and customers. 
  •  Design as well as participate in the coordination, monitoring, testing, and reporting shelf life stability testing activities.  
  • Provides in depth theoretical expertise in one or more technical core competency areas.
  • Recommends and/or initiates projects within existing programs and/or business channels.
  • Identifies new hypotheses/technology and designs and conducts research program to verify validity.  May recommend patent action.
  • Trains and may supervise others as appropriate. 
  • Represents supervisor or department as required at meetings.   May interview and recommend hiring of technical personnel.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science or related field , Biology, Chemistry or equivalent experience and 5+ years food laboratory experience required     
  • Experience in a food manufacturing or processing environment preferred
  • Bachelor's Degree in culinary or relevant hospitality food production experience desired
  • Experience in the development of salad dressings, sauces and mayonnaise for the fast-paced foodservice market along with some back-of-house food preparation experience is a plus

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must have general understanding of food codes and regulatory guidelines and the ability to research regulatory matters as needed
  • Must be able to manage projects from bench to commercialization
  • Must possess a basic understanding and knowledge of ingredient interactions                 
  • Must have basic knowledge in one or more technical disciplines
  • Must possess organization, project management and effective written and verbal communication skills are required
  • Must have knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)                               
  • Must have knowledge of lab and pilot processing equipment.     
  • An understanding of emulsion technology, dry blend technology, flavor development, and the basic science of process technology   

 

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: Fort Worth
Nearest Secondary Market: Dallas

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