Associate Food Technologist

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Job Type

Full-Time

Responsibilities

  • Lead food product development process from ideation to launch including working with novel plant protein ingredients, formulation & processing development, shelf-life evaluation, and pilot & manufacturing trials

  • Lead engagement with external ingredient suppliers, research facilities, pilot plants and co manufacturers to effectively deliver final product with determined specifications and within designated timelines and costs

  • Design and execute experiments systematically to track product progress and deliver on decided specifications from sensory, nutrition, shelf life, and cost fronts

  • Design and conduct sensory studies

  • Design and conduct ingredient characterization experiments and establish structure function relationships

  • Develop specifications and testing protocols for the products being developed

  • Work with co manufacturing facilities on designing and validating HACCP/Food Safety plans

  • Work with internal and external marketing and sales teams to effectively position the product to required market needs

  • Conduct troubleshooting and root cause analysis for any product issues that may come up at lab/pilot/manufacturing scale

  • Design internal research lab, pilot scale and manufacturing facilities

  • Keep systematic and thorough records of all work being done

  • Develop intellectual property strategy on any novel formulations/processing techniques/products being developed

  • Identify opportunities for cost savings and process improvements

  • Hire and mentor interns/research associates/junior food technologists or scientists as needed

  • Provide ongoing work updates, project plans, and outcomes to company partners

Desired Qualifications & Personality

  • MS or Ph.D. in Food Technology or Food Science with > 3 years industry experience

  • Solid background in food chemistry, food engineering, food microbiology and food safety

  • HACCP Certified

  • Demonstrated experience in experimental design, data analysis and statistical analysis

  • Demonstrated experience in formulating and scaling up of food products

  • Experience working in plant-based foods sector is a big plus

  • Self-starter with a motivation to continuously learn and succeed

  • Very resourceful with the ability to make advantaged connections

  • Experience understanding and working in the food industry in India is a plus

  • Proficient in English and Hindi

  • Willing to be flexible with work