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Food Technologist

Beyond Meat

Beyond Meat

El Segundo, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2023
COMPANY DESCRIPTION
At Beyond Meat, we started with simple questions. Why do you need an animal to create meat? Why can’t you build meat directly from plants? Thus, we make plant-based meats that allow families to eat more, not less, of the traditional dishes they love while feeling great about the health, sustainability, and animal welfare benefits of plant protein. Our goal is to bring exciting change to the plate—and Beyond.
Beyond Meat is focused on raising the bar on talent and dedicated to shaping an inclusive culture that drives excellence, innovation, and results, engagement, and employee experience. The R&D Innovation Team is a matrix organization within Beyond Meat that is dedicated to creating plant-based protein products that are leading the gold standard globally. We are looking for an outstanding individual to join the Formulation/Product Development Team located in El Segundo, CA as a Food Technologist.
The Food Technologist plays a crucial role at Beyond Meat. They need to have a strong scientific background, excellent problem-solving skills, high attention to detail, a team-oriented mentality, be self-motivated, results-oriented, and resourceful. They will have a keen understanding of product innovation and hands-on experience with the ability to think beyond standard methods, independently lead and reach conclusions, and clearly deliver results within a matrix organization. The Food Technologist is responsible for the high quality, safe, and efficient development, modification, and manufacture of plant-based protein products, samples, processes, and production trials. They will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact in our core scientific understanding, initiate creative product development, and grow professionally using the skills described herein. The Food Technologist candidate must have the ability to use error as a skill to learn and develop a product.

TASKS, DUTIES, & GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support the R&D team in attaining short- and long-term product development goals, adapting to evolving scientific priorities
  • Conduct scientific tasks under supervision including but not limited to batching, developing benchtop formulations using ingredient functionality research, creating and maintaining formula sheet, modifying and improving existing formulations, and developing/making prototypes daily
  • Identify opportunities for innovation, cost reduction, and quality enhancement
  • Assist with smooth transition from benchtop to pilot scale to commercialization of formulations
  • Assist scientists with developing defined test objectives for sensory and shelf-life experiments and assist with execution of the sensory test if needed
  • Assist team with collection, use, and analysis of quantitative data to guide product development
  • Accurately maintain a laboratory notebook and provide written and verbal reports of formulation activities
  • Ensure that strict hygiene and food safety standards are met daily
  • Provide prototype samples for shipment to various customers
  • Cross-functional collaboration with commercialization, outside vendors, and internal teams to align and ensure successful product launches and effective communication throughout the organization
  • Provide general laboratory support, source and purchase ingredient supplies, and share in laboratory cleaning
  • Assist in maintaining equipment logs and service records
  • Participation in sensory studies may be required
  • Assist in validating, calibrating, and collecting data from analytical instruments
  • Upload data to appropriate databases and/or spreadsheets

Supervisory Duties

  • May supervise Associate Food Technologists and/or Batching Assistants

QUALIFICATIONS: Education, Technical Skills, and/or Previous Experience

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Food Science, Food Chemistry, or a similar scientific field with 0-2+ years of experience
  • Possesses new product development or improvement of an existing product experience in the plant-based space from bench to scale, preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to independently manage multiple projects at the same time and work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Command of Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of lab techniques and familiarity with lab environment
  • The ability to work closely with a manager by communicating ongoing progress updates
  • The ability to work in a team environment and be self-directed at times

WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Position requires the ability to stand or sit for prolonged periods, climb, kneel, bend, and consistently lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Position located in a mix of typical laboratory, pilot plant, and office environments
Beyond Meat is an equal employment opportunity employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, gender identify, sexual orientation, national origin, liability for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. If you are interested in learning the status of your application, please note you will be contacted directly by the appropriate human resources contact person if you are selected for further consideration. Beyond Meat reserves the right to defer or close a vacancy at any time.
For all U.S. based roles: Applicants must be authorized to work for a U.S. employer. This role is not eligible for Visa Sponsorship at this time.