Research & Development Technician (RESEA01344)
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Moody, AL 35004
Summary: The Research & Development Technician will coordinate and lead innovation efforts across the company by collaborating with cross functional leadership including division sales executives, sales leaders, marketing, and quality assurance to develop new products/flavors and enhance existing ones in order to meet company objectives. Responsible for participating in the quality assurance efforts for the coffee and tea production facility in accordance with company and federal food safety standards.
Essential job functions:
Oversee and lead multiple R&D projects simultaneously, ensuring accurate and timely completion of requests and projects. Identify and test new products, flavors, processes, ingredients, and technologies.
Manage sample request process and timelines. Develop and produce sample products for review.
Maintain documentation, clear and concise lab notebooks, provide reports, and be the point of contact for R & D data.
Remain on the forefront of beverage trends and food science in order to suggest and create innovative products for the company.
Lead communication and collaboration between internal stakeholders to ensure proper transfer of information, expectations, and goals in order to exceed the expectations of coworkers and customers.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:
Knowledge of lab testing skills, methods, and equipment.
Basic understanding of flavors and functionality of flavors.
Basic understanding of ingredients and functionality of those ingredients in a finished product.
Basic nutritional knowledge and understanding of labeling etc. of food products.
Strong project management skills.
Ability to lead cross functionally
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent math skills.
Proficient skill with personal computer and job-related software including Microsoft Office products.
Ability to successfully handle multiple tasks at one time and meet deadlines.
Ability to work independently; a self-starter
Knowledge and understanding of basic Food Safety and FDA and regulatory requirements.
Education and Experience Required: Minimum of bachelor’s degree in food science and three years’ experience in R&D, Flavor Development, food manufacturing/quality assurance with dairy/beverage and/or coffee/tea experience preferred.
Licenses or Certifications Preferred: SQF Practitioner Certified. PCQI Certificate, HACCP Certified
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or © consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.