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ABCO Laboratories, Inc.

The Quality Assurance (QA) Manager will ensure that correct measures are in place to provide for the production of safe, quality products that meet all applicable government regulations for the food and dietary supplement industries.  The QA Manager will implement, manage, and monitor various quality assurance and food safety programs, and will have the direct responsibility for maintaining compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP’s), HACCP, SQF/GFSI and customer requirements.  The QA Manager will also maintain the company training matrix and arrange for safety training of all staff.  Additional roles include facilitating in-house and third-party auditing programs, as well as providing backup to the Gluten Free Materials Management Program.  The QA Manager will also be responsible for the oversight of the QA Line Auditors.

This position includes regular interaction with other departments including Manufacturing, Sanitation, Quality Control, Research & Development, as well as upper management.  Applicant should be familiar with basic laboratory skills, be able to use a computer (Microsoft Office suite), be proficient in math, and have excellent communication skills.

To apply, please contact John Fukushima.

MATTSON
We Make Food Happen

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Description

About Us
For 40+ years, Mattson has partnered with a variety of consumer packaged goods (CPG), chain restaurant, and food and beverage ingredient supplier clients, ranging from startups to iconic industry brands. Our passion is creating big business opportunities for clients.

We help them figure out where to play and more importantly, how to win. But we’re unique in that we don’t stop there. We help clients execute upon the new business and/or product opportunities we’ve identified by:

  • Formulating early prototypes
  • Developing the Branding
  • Positioning
  • Packaging
  • Testing with Consumers

We operate at a lightning-fast pace, allowing our clients to be smarter and quicker in getting new products to market. We provide hands-on resources, industry expertise, insight, and award-winning creativity across food and beverage categories, segments, and channels.

What You’ll Do
As a Mattson Commercialization Manager, you’ll be working on:

Product Development

  • Develop new products across multiple product categories and throughout all phases of product development – from initial bench development to commercial launch, while considering critical technical issues such as: food safety, food stability, shelf-life, scalability, etc.
  • Prioritize and manage multiple projects with overlapping deadlines
  • Write technical and project status reports, protocols, finished product specifications, plant trial protocol/summary documents
  • Solve complex technical challenges related to the development, manufacturing, and/or improvement of food products and processes and make appropriate technical recommendations

Process Development/Scale up

  • Identify and qualify contract manufacturers for specific project needs, and support site assessments as required
  • Lead or support the commercialization of Mattson developed products from pilot plant to scale-up at a wide range of client plants and co-manufacturers
  • Provide subject matter expertise on a range of food product and manufacturing technologies

Food Safety/Sanitation and Compliance

  • Implement, maintain and enforce Food Safety/Sanitation policies and procedures in other food related areas of the facility (Food Service Pilot Plant, Laboratory)
  • Work collaboratively to ensure that all projects and activities meet/support Federal Standards for GMP, HACCP and FSMA

Professionalism and Leadership

  • Provide mentorship to technical team as needed throughout development process/scale up to continue to build internal expertise
  • Work closely with all employees to deliver excellent client support

Requirements

About You

  • BS or MS in Food Science or related discipline
  • 5 to 7 years of food or beverage product development with commercialization experience, ideally with a minimum of 5 years in new product development
  • Demonstrate capabilities in the support of the scale up and commercialization process across multiple technologies and product types
  • Strong project management skills and independently manage multiple projects
  • Work effectively with cross-functional teams
  • Willing to travel up to 35% of the time domestically and occasionally internationally, or as required by client and project needs
  • Ability to lift 30 to 40 lb.

Nice to Have

  • Knowledge of Google Sheets, Docs, Slides and ESHA Genesis program
  • Committed to personal and professional growth and to the success of our company, clients and fellow employees

Bonus Points

  • Project management experience
  • Culinary degree, food service or restaurant operations experience
  • Plant/Pilot plant management
  • Quality Assurance experience

Benefits

What’s in it for You?
A job at Mattson will immerse you in the world of food. You must be passionate about food and beverage. The more you can articulate your passion, the more interested we will be in interviewing you. At Mattson, food is not just our business; it’s our life.

We offer a rich package of benefits, including 401K, health, dental, Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Account, participation in our ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan), which provides you the opportunity for profit-sharing, Summer Fridays and outstanding, delicious breakfast and lunch served fresh every Monday-Friday in our office. Oh and we also like to have fun. It’s food, after all!

We’re located in the San Francisco Bay Area and our office houses a 20,000 square foot food development lab, brand development studio, consumer research facility, and an on-site pilot manufacturing plant. Come join us and see why we’re the greatest thing since sliced bread.

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ARMANINO FOODS OF DISTINCTION

POSITION DESCRIPTION 

POSITION TITLE: R&D Technical Project Associate or Manager

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Director of Business Development

LOCATION:
Primary – Hayward Facility
Secondary – Telework as arranged

SCOPE: To effectively manage and maintain technical records of products, including formulations, packaging, artwork changes, set-up of new or reformulated products, and management of all co-manufacturers. To advise on product development or reformulation projects with guidelines from Production/Quality Control.

QUALITY:  Armanino Foods of Distinction, Inc. and its employees are committed to supplying our customers with safe, high quality products.  It is the responsibility of each employee to assure that we meet customer expectations.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITY
Within the limits of authorized corporate policies, procedures, and budgets, he/she is responsible for, and has commensurate authority to accomplish the duties as set forth below.  The following duties are all essential functions and responsibilities.

I. ESSENTIAL FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

      • Project Management
        • Responsible to provide overall project coordination for all new and existing products. Interface with all appropriate departments and activities such as purchasing, production, sales, customer service, finance, & quality assurance to ensure that all required information is accurately maintained and implemented.
        • Maintain database of finished product information, including formulations, nutritional information, quality assurance documents, etc. Organize information to ensure accuracy; archive any obsolete documents.
        • Assist in the label approval process to ensure accurate information is available and compliant with appropriate regulatory agencies.
        • Coordinate with Sales, Customer service and/or Production for the development of new items/packaging and private label projects.
        • Provide direct support and technical expertise to the Sales, Customer Service and Quality Assurance departments.
        • Responsible for obtaining all necessary internal approvals with regard to formulation, processing, packaging or label changes.
        • Manage all outsourced technical or culinary projects with freelance consultants/agencies, including product formulation projects, shelf-life testing, and/or recipe development.
      • Supplier & Co-manufacturer Management
        • Responsible for maintaining agreements and relationships with external manufacturers; collecting appropriate technical and food safety documentation; provide direction on product development needs; coordinate pricing and packaging requirements
        • Assist Production Manager in sourcing new suppliers for raw materials and packaging
      • Business Development
        • Investigate and recommend new co-manufacturers and/or new products from co-manufacturers and advise on new products that would benefit the company’s goals
        • Compile competitive product and manufacturer information and advise company on strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
        • Monitor and research trends in food products/ingredients, processing, equipment, and marketing.

II. MARGINAL DUTIES

  • Complete all necessary forms and reports as needed in a timely manner.
  • Assist Quality Control Manager and Customer Service Manager in the development of finished product specifications and completion of customer documentation.
  • Complete other related duties when assigned.

III. GENERAL CORPORATE

  • Assist immediate supervisor, officers, management, and outside consultants as needed or directed.
  • Follow the Company’s safety and quality guidelines.
  • Meet Company goals.
  • R&D Representative on HACCCAP and Recall team

IV. EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • College degree in science or business
  • Good communication and teamwork skills
  • Computer skills

V. PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL SKILLS REQUIRED

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in food product development or processing; quality control; business development; or other related technical/scientific experience
  • Understanding of general food safety/HACCP principles and federal food regulations
  • Desired: understanding of nutritional labelling software, ERPs, MS Office suite

VI. MISCELLANEOUS

Should a matter arise, e.g., a responsibility or duty that is not clearly defined herein, and/or creates a doubt, it is your responsibility to seek the advice of your supervisor or manager for clarification before proceeding.

This position can be revised at Management’s discretion.

To apply, please contact Sunny Bal at sbal@armaninofoods.com

Senior Quality Assurance Manager
Beverage Manufacturer

Are you a perfectionist when it comes to food safety & quality?
Do you have beverage bottling & canning experience? 
Do you have a passion for coffee?

If you answered yes to these questions, we have a great opportunity for you! This person in this position plays a key role managing the Quality Assurance team in our Richmond, CA plant where we make cold-brew coffee using our unique, patented process. You’ll provide strategic direction and management of the implementation and execution of all programs related to food quality, safety, and regulatory compliance. This hands-on role works on-site at the plant, reporting to the plant’s General Manager.    

Duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Provide oversight of and direction to Kohana’s Food Safety & Quality Department and facilitate completion of all responsibilities under the company, regulatory, and industry policies and practices; 
  • Drive continuous improvement of the product quality and the QA team, collaborating closely with diverse, cross-functional groups to instill and manage a strong QA- and safety-oriented culture;
  • Proactively identify food safety and quality risks in the product or process development process, communicating risks to cross-functional stakeholders and offering solutions to mitigate those risks; 
  • Be a subject matter expert for internal and external stakeholders as it relates to food safety and quality;
  • Manage active internal audit process to ensure that all support systems supporting Kohana’s GFSI (SQF) standard are operating as intended, plus oversee all SQF audits, customer audits, and regulatory inspections (CDPH, CCOF, Star-K);
  • Work closely with Plant GM, HR, and other to keep training and orientation programs relevant, effective, active, and reflective the current standards that address product quality and food safety;
  • Directly responsible for the management and continued development of all compliance relationships to include FDA, CDPH, CCOF, Star-K, Non-GMO Project; and
  • Work with QA team members and others on a variety of projects as the business grows such as product specifications, supplier approvals, traceability, incident management, and the Company’s Product Recall Plan.

Minimum qualifications for the position include the following:

  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject such as food science, microbiology, or similar;
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in the food or beverage manufacturing industry, with progressively increasing responsibility for food safety and quality programs, including systems design, management, and implementation;
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience successfully managing others working in the food quality and safety; 
  • Excellent critical thinking and analytical skills, systems-thinker, and proactive, strategic problem-solver who can anticipate potential problems before they occur;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills coupled with effective, positive interpersonal skills and strong EQ; 
  • Must be organized with meticulous attention to detail in order to respond to a range of priorities in an appropriate manner; 
  • Necessary certifications include PCQI, HAACP, and SQF Practitioner with Better Process Control School certification a plus; and
  • Strong computer skills including use of MS Office and other relevant software.

Enthusiasm, high energy, and an entrepreneurial mindset are all necessary for success in our environment.  To learn more, visit www.kohanacoffee.com.  For immediate consideration, send your resume and cover letter (.docx or .pdf format only) with subject ‘QA’ to careers@kohanacoffee.com 

Salary TBD DOE.  No calls & no recruiters please.  EOE.

Protein Research (Livermore, CA) is currently interviewing for a R&D Food Scientist/Formulator to provide effective and functional technical leadership for customized formulas, product innovations and product optimization projects.  Protein Research is a leading contract manufacturer of nutritional and dietary supplements. 

JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE: R&D Food Scientist/Formulator DEPARTMENT: R&D
REPORTS TO: Senior Director of R&D
CLASSIFICATION: Exempt

SUMMARY:
Provides effective and functional technical leadership for customized formulations, product innovations, and product optimization projects for a contract manufacturer of nutritional and dietary supplement products. Leads product and process development from ideation/pre-formulation through commercialization. Leverages technical insights and product development skills to develop and commercialize new products for current and potential customers. Utilizes standard best practices and procedures for product compliance in conjunction with hands on formulating, scale up and commercialization support. Close partnership with Sales, customers, and cross-functional departments to accomplish company and personal goals.

DUTIES:
The following reflects management’s definition of essential functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

  • Leverages technical insights, innovation, and product development skills to develop and commercialize new products for current and potential customers.
  • Works closely with Customers from ideation to commercialization on their products. Works against fast timelines to support new product launches.
  • Supports the needs of production in keeping product running on the lines whether new products are starting in production or there are changes to any formulations.
  • Assists in analyzing existing formulations that may be problematic and are not running well. Make suggestions for improvements.
  • Analyze and provide recommendations to customers who are requesting reformulations, follows the process for reformulations to ensure all changes are made effectively.
  • Provides leadership to champion new innovative ideas and transform into presentable and commercialize-able concepts and prototypes.
  • Provides product and process expertise to assigned accounts.
  • Clearly presents and articulates product ideas, suggestions, and innovations to new and current customers.
  • Identifies, captures, and commercializes new product development opportunities using customer/marketing insights and existing/new technologies.
  • Identifies and qualifies new equipment and/or processes for new product commercialization.
  • Initiates and monitors lab bench-top and manufacturing scale-up batches.
  • Oversees and assists in flavor optimization of products.
  • Provides technical and scientific input, support, and assistance to other technical disciplines.
  • Creates and updates R&D MMR folders (Master Manufacturing Records) in an accurate and timely manner to support new and existing product commercialization opportunities.
  • Creates and submits product commercialization support documentation (finished product specifications, raw material specifications, label review).
  • Prepares shelf-life testing samples as well as prototype customer samples. Prepares and reviews shelf-life testing protocols. Monitors, evaluates, and summarizes the results of shelf-life testing.
  • Supports Protein Research’s Kosher Certification, NSF, Gluten Free and CCOF (Organic) Certification
  • Partners with local Packaging companies to leverage vendor and network contacts to identify and recommend preferred packaging options for new product opportunities in the Protein Research facility.
  • Supports the R&D process through the identification and sourcing of new, and novel ingredients.
  • Gains full command of internal formulation system for development and commercialization.
  • Develops a network of outside contacts such as customers, vendors, consultants and educators.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor of Science in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry or equivalent.
  • At least four years of experience in food or dietary supplement formulations.
  • Familiarity with sports nutrition and nutraceutical product development.
  • Experienced working with flavor systems and sensory evaluation techniques.
  • Strong formulation skills. Firm understanding of ingredient functionality and nutrition.
  • A sound foundation in Food Science and Chemistry.
  • Nutritional Facts and Supplement Facts Regulatory knowledge a plus
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Experience conducting plant trials/process validation testing.
  • Familiarity of product shelf-life testing techniques and procedures a plus.
  • Strong organizational, problem solving, and analytical skills
  • Ability to manage priorities and meet deadlines
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, MS Teams, Outlook, ERP software and Product Development software (ESHA Genesis)
  • Working knowledge of statistical analysis of data, laboratory instrumentation, troubleshooting, and laboratory analysis
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret technical procedures

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to do the following:

  • Coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Collect, interpret, and/or analyze complex data and information.
  • Utilize visual acuity to operate equipment, read technical information, and/or use a keyboard.
  • Sit on an office chair for long periods of time.
  • Stand and walk to and from lab.
  • Reach, twist, kneel, squat body to file and reach office equipment on your desk and to filing cabinets.
  • Use hands and fingers to control equipment for forms of communication. (i.e. phone, email, fax, etc.) by grasping, reaching, and using finger dexterity.
  • Occasionally lift up to 25 lbs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Majority of work is done in an office and lab environment.
  • This position may be required to wear common protective and/or safety gear, i.e. gloves, face mask, hairnet, uniform, etc.
  • This position may be exposed to small particles, odors, and allergens.

To apply, please contact:
Tom Hirschbeck
Senior Director of R&D, Protein Research
925.243.6300 x208
www.proteinresearch.com
thirschbeck@proteinresearch.com

Patagonia Provisions

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General Summary
As the Provisions Product Quality and Safety lead you are responsible for the management and improvement of all quality assurance and food safety systems at Patagonia Provisions.  You will be responsible for elevating and monitoring all manufacturing and supply chain partners by providing risk assessments of new products and facilities to the product team. In this role you will also support the Patagonia retail and sales teams in all FSQA related efforts. You will manage all related documentation by creating a system of policies and procedures with the goal of ensuring the larger supply chain, sourcing and product related activities are completed in manner that identifies risk, establishes control measures and monitors results.

You must be highly detail focused as you will be responsible for organizing large amounts of incoming information and synthesizing that information into actions aimed at improving product quality and consistency.  Knowledge of food safety, quality control procedures, food safety regulations, and a passion for continuous improvement are essential for this role. 

About Patagonia Provisions
With Patagonia Provisions, our goals are the same as with everything we do: We aim to make the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, and perhaps most important, inspire solutions to the environmental crisis. We believe there is great opportunity—and an urgent need—for positive change in the food industry.  Patagonia Provisions is about finding solutions to repair the chain.

What You’ll Do:

  • Monitor Co-packers and engage in all activities related to product quality and safety
    • Manage and administer manufacturer (Co-packer) approval and verification programs
    • Monitor Co-packers and engage in all activities related to product quality and safety
    • Collaborate with co-packers to control and maintain consistent product quality
    • Review production samples submitted by manufacturers and provide timely feedback and corrective actions when necessary  
    • Perform regular site visits and coordinate 3rd party evaluations of manufacturers
    • Manage product retain library and administrate evaluations of product shelf-life
  • Manage certifications and submit audit paperwork, to certifying bodies
    • Non- GMO
    • Kosher
    • Fair Trade
  • Manage quality feedback program
    • Evaluate risk of each complaint received and determine appropriate action
    • Maintain database to track trends and provide regular reporting to the larger team
    • Work with manufacturers and vendors on corrective actions resulting from feedback
  • Directly manage all testing of products and ingredients with outside laboratories
    • Manage annual budget for testing
  • Maintain recall readiness
    • Conduct annual mock recall
    • Manage programs and policies associate with recall and traceability of products
    • Serve as FDA contact in the event of a recall  
  • Provide guidance and direction to external partners (both manufacturers and ingredient suppliers) to help improve food safety systems.
  • Coordinate closely with our extended team of food safety scientists and legal experts.
  • Assists Supply Chain Manager in evaluating potential ingredient suppliers
    • Coordinate with co-packers on FSQA documentation requirements for new ingredients
    • Perform FSQA risk assessments for new ingredients
  • Support the sales team’s product demo and sampling efforts to ensure consistency and food safety
  • Provide regular updates and monthly reports of product quality and key performance indicators.
  • In cooperation with the Food Scientist establish systems for the evaluation of existing product lines and provide recommendations on product improvements
  • In cooperation with the Food Scientist investigate technical issues as they arise and report to the larger team with actionable solutions

Who You Are:

  • Passionate: Have passion for the mission of Patagonia Provisions and making a change in food/agriculture space.
  • Organized – able to put plans together and keeping the team/project ahead of schedule
  • Meticulous - extreme attention to detail.
  • Innovative - proven skill at problem-solving and thinking outside of the box.
  • Entrepreneurial – scrappy and comfortable in the “gray” and wearing many hats.
  • Inclusive: deeply experienced in collaborating with others across difference.

Experience You Bring:

  • Minimum 5-10 years of experience in the Food & Beverage industry in quality control or food safety.
  • Robust attention to details and highly organized record keeping and process improvement. 
  • Knowledge of HACCP principles and FSMA rules, trainings and certification a plus
  • Proven track record of increasing responsibility, strong relationship management and ability to focus on large strategic priorities while maintaining focus on the details.    
  • Able to effectively prioritize workload and work independently in a startup environment.
  • Ability and willingness to provide regular sensory evaluation of our products and potential ingredients.  

Employee Conduct
It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers and vendors.

Equal Employment Opportunity
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law.

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