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R&D Technical Services Technician

Department: Consumer Insight & Innovation
Location: San Carlos, CA

POSITION PURPOSE AND SUMMARY:

The R&D Technical Services and Administrative Specialist will have accountability for creating and managing Research and Development documentation systems that support product development through managing information transfer from benchtop to commercialization.  

This role will also help support ongoing ingredient composition and formula composition reviews through close interaction with Kagome suppliers, QA/QC team, and Regulatory team.  Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, are necessary as well as strict attention to detail.  Assignments are of moderate complexity and technical risk that could be a part of a larger effort and may be a part of a larger multidisciplinary team. 

This role must also support the review, understanding and compliance of all programs, policies, and procedures contained in the Food Safety and Quality Management System.  This position also entails administrative work that includes assisting with sample documentation and shipping, compiling monthly reports, coordinating calendar schedules, PR, and processing shipping invoices

 

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITY

Core Responsibilities:

 

  • Support Kagome team in establishing analytical specs based on data analysis, and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Ensure integrity of Product Vision database by collecting and entering accurate data from suppliers including but not limited to ingredient nutritional information and ingredient specifications.
  • Assess viability of supplier information as it relates to ingredient composition, nutrition values, and allergens.
  • Manage updates to product formulation and labeling system with guidance from Kagome Regulatory, including ingredient composition and nutrition updates from suppliers, allergen and GMO ingredient status, country of origin information, and formula composition updates.
  • Leverage system knowledge to organize and streamline different types of technical documentation for enhanced department efficiency.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Communicate closely with Packaging, Product Development, Regulatory Affairs, QA, and
  • Marketing to maintain up-to-date project information and priorities.
  • Assist in management of technical requests for all products manufactured by Kagome.
  • Coach new Kagome users on best practices of Product Vision
  • Assist in the basic research of trends and ingredients.
  • Other duties as assigned by management.

 

POSITION DIMENSIONS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

Years and Type of Related Experience Required:

  • Minimum 1-4 years in F&B industry
  • Experience in regulatory affairs, labeling, customer interface, and technical documentation.
  • Basic understanding of FDA and ideally some experience with Organic and Kosher certifications.

Education Level and Focus

  • Bachelor’s in food science or related field

Interpersonal and Communication:

  • Must be extremely detail oriented and organized
  • Must be well developed in business level communications skills both oral and written.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with cross-functional teams both internally and externally.
  • Ability to learn quickly and work independently.

 

Administrative and Operations:

  • Proficiency in MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel
  • Preferred working knowledge of Product Vision

 

Travel Requirements:

  • Up to 5% travel within the US to Kagome factories in Los Banos, CA and Arkansas.
  • A valid driver’s license

 

Physical Demands:

Sitting at a computer terminal, standing, and walking for long periods of time. 

Work Environment:

Working in both an office environment and food technology lab with moderate noise levels. May be exposed to some food related chemicals.  In plant will be exposed to food processing environment with changes in temperatures, damp conditions. Some lifting and prolonged standing required

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