The Product Developer is responsible for formulating and commercializing food products for retail, foodservice, contract manufacturing and ingredient business channels. In addition to new product development, position provides technical support for existing product lines; cost innovation; providing technical support to internal and external customers; documenting formulas, specifications, and operating procedures; supporting business teams with customer visits and presentations.
This position reports to the Director of Product Development and supervises a Food Technologist. The position works closely with other Product Developers, Sales and Marketing, Engineering group, Manufacturing/Maintenance group, Contract Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Packaging and Process Research.
(The essential functions listed below are not intended to reflect all duties that may be assigned to this position. It is the responsibility of every employee at Tree Top Inc. to report food safety and food quality problems or risks to personnel with the authority to initiate action against these said possible risks. Tree Top has identified personnel that will serve as backups for key personnel in the event that said employee is absent or unavailable. These provisions can be found within the organizational chart. Tree Top may augment duties, including essential functions, at its discretion.)
Develop food prototypes in a Lab or Pilot Lab that are commercially scaleable. Coordinate and oversee plant scale testing, commercialization and commissioning. Ensure product meets the consistency, quality, and safety attributes requested by the customer. Develop and maintain finished goods costing, formulation, specifications and operating procedures. Evaluate and adjust product formulations to meet manufacturing cost parameters, sales objectives and customer needs. Document progress in lab notebooks and product realization report.
Manage projects of multidisciplinary teams in order to effectively scale up formulations from lab bench to commercial production. Provide strong technical support and leadership for cross-functional project teams. Effectively communicate expectations and outcomes.
Provide ongoing management of existing products for the purpose of cost reduction, reformulation, troubleshooting or line extensions. Conduct ingredient research, cost & quality improvements to current products, shelf life improvement, and sensory research.
Troubleshoot complex or atypical formulation, batching and processing problems by conferring with peers and stakeholders to resolve challenges.
Provide leadership and supervision of a Food Technologist. Manage goals and objectives for staff. Provide formal and informal feedback through coaching, monitoring and evaluating job results.
Design and perform shelf life trials, experiments, consumer trials, and applied research as required to commercialize new products.
Travel to provide technical support to internal and external customers for the purpose of scale up testing, sales and marketing visits, or industry related events. Develop and maintain professional relationships. Assist sales and marketing in developing and delivering effective customer presentations and trainings.
Develop innovative finished food applications for use in Business Development marketing presentations for the purpose of expanding our existing or new product lines and technology.
Assist peers with completion of the department’s high priority projects and technical work assignments.
Perform under the Working Conditions described below.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR ENTRY:
Lab and pilot equipment, including process equipment and process and product testing requirements.
Solid technical knowledge of food science discipline.
General understanding of food laws and regulations.
Mathematics and scientific weights and measurements.
Strong understanding of scientific methodology.
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
Effectively manage and lead multiple projects with multidisciplinary teams toward a shared goal.
Duplicate formulas and make changes to existing formulas to meet target flavor profile.
Accurately document formulas, specifications, and operating procedures.
Read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
Accurately perform mathematical and scientific calculations.
Speak in public and professionally interact at a technical level with internal and external customers and industry peers.
Maintain confidential and sensitive information.
Effectively organize, plan, and execute.
Use computers and computer software including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
Meet behaviors established in Tree Top’s performance management and development process.
EXPERIENCE, CERTIFICATION/LICENSES, AND TRAINING:
A Bachelors degree in Food Science.
Minimum of 5 years of experience in a fruit, beverage, or dairy product development role.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Tree Top
Since 1960, Tree Top has been delivering products and ingredients that reflect the company’s passion, attention to quality and craftsmanship. Located in heart of Washington’s apple country, Tree Top is a global business firmly rooted in the co-op’s small town heritage and rural values. With more than 1,100 growers, Tree Top produces wholesome products including top-quality juices, sauces and premium ingredients. Tree Top and its growers are committed to growing, producing and innovating world-class fruit products. Our products and expertise, people and practices are the qualities that take us beyond the ordinary…beyond good. The cooperative employs nearly 1,100 employees in a wide range of professions ranging from engineers to food scientists and skilled labor positions at seven various locations in Washington, Oregon and California, including its subsidiary Northwest Naturals located in Bothell, WA. The company markets and sells its fruit-based ingredients and products to food and beverage manufacturers, to the Foodservice industry and to consumers via grocery and other retail stores, clubs and outlets.