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Food Technologist/Quality Assurance Specialist

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Title: Project Specialist I (Food Technologist/Quality Assurance Specialist) - Product Development
Location: Seattle, WA
Duration: 07/22/2013 to 01/17/2014

Description:

Job Summary and Mission
This job contributes to the organizational success by ensuring efficient and effective development of new products within the designated scope, developing solutions to process issues, and developing means to test new products and packages for shelf life and integrity.

**Candidates MUST HAVE a Food Science degree, and at least 1 year of Food Laboratory experience!!!**

Summary of Key Responsibilities
Responsibilities and essential job functions include but are not limited to the following:
- Develops and manages Research & Development capital equipment and supplies budget.
- Ensures product development database is updated with new product and packaging data.
- Initiates technical specifications and technical manual information such as process flows for new products.
- Executes industry accepted sensory evaluation process for consumer testing and shelf life studies.
- Compiles sensory results and reports to Technical Services and Marketing teams as required.
- Manages product development and package engineering project work as identified and requested by category managers.
- Performs cross-functional work with Research and Development as necessary.
- Ensures that technical transfer of new product and package specifications and processes to quality assurance and vendors is accurate and effective.
- Participates in profit improvement project work, identifies savings opportunities, and performs technical work necessary to test and validate a process change.
- Compiles results and reports.

Qualifications
Summary of Experience
- Food laboratory testing 1 year
- Project management 1 year
- Sensory design and analysis 1 year
- Tea, botanical or spice quality assurance or research and development 1 year

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Ability to balance multiple priorities and meet deadlines
- Ability to lead and train others
- Strong organizational skills
- Ability to think creatively
- Quantitative and analytical ability

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