Food Scientist

Haliburton International Foods - Ontario, CA3.4


The Food Scientist plays a key role developing best-in-class scratch-quality food products for Haliburton’s foodservice, industrial and retail customers. The ideal candidate is naturally passionate about food and food science understanding the balance between product design and profitability. The Food Scientist works actively with cross-functional teams collaborating on new product design and providing technical support. The Food Scientist thrives working as a member of a team and prefers open communication and a fast-paced work environment.

Essential Duties & Job Responsibilities

Is capable of developing commercially viable, profitable product prototypes for a variety of product lines including kettle-cooked sauces, roasted vegetables, pickled vegetables, IQF grains and beans, salsas, hot and cold process condiments, dips and spreads
Relies on science to support assertions when trouble shooting or conducting root cause analysis.
Has a strong working knowledge and proven track record of successful product “matching”
Is culinary-centric, food savvy and passionate about food, food science and product development
Stays current with respect to industry awareness, food trends and product development innovation
Ensures work tasks are documented according to company and regulatory standards
Has a thorough understanding of food preservation methods
Has a thorough understanding/can execute a variety of sensory tests including preference and triangle
Competent in physical chemistry testing including salt, pH, brix, water activity, viscosity and acid
Supports continuous improvement initiatives working on cost optimization, process improvement, product design, ingredient sourcing and cross utilization projects
Has a general understanding of microbiology
Understands food safety consistent with the FDA food code
Becomes a subject matter expert relative to Haliburton’s processing and product capabilities
Is capable of developing solid working relationships with customer contacts through rapport building, earning trust and being the customer’s “go to” R&D contact
Leads customer R&D work sessions and attends customer meetings as assigned
Collaborates and works with cross-functional teams in a productive, professional and thoughtful way
Maintains an exceptionally clean work space, practicing “clean as you go” standard at all times
Executes product development projects in a manner consistent with Haliburton’s quality and professionalism expectations
Maintains Haliburton departmental appearance, behavior and attitude standards
Is able to translate customer “kitchen recipes” into working R&D formulas
Adheres to and models good manufacturing practices (GMPS) whenever in the plant
Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Education & experience

Bachelor’s degree in food science required
Associates degree or continuing education in culinary arts preferred
4 years of experience as a food scientist working in a related food manufacturing environment required
2 years of experience designing kettle cooked shelf stable, refrigerated and frozen sauces required
Can demonstrate proficiency in knife handling and basic cooking techniques
Strong knowledge of sensory testing

Communication, Interpersonal and Professional Skills

Exceptional business-level written and verbal communication skills
Must be an attentive listener
Interacts well with customers including purchasing, development and quality executives
Is direct and to the point. Recognizes the value of time when communicating
Is highly motivated and willing to “manage up” by providing leadership with honest feedback

Organizational Skills

Must demonstrate exemplary forward planning and time management skills
Must be detail oriented
Can seamlessly manage multiple projects with tight deadlines
Utilizes Outlook calendar for planning and scheduling

Initiative & Creativity

Possesses an acute sense of urgency recognizing customer needs in a proactive way
Is a highly motivated self-starter
Demonstrates creativity through recommendations, input and project results
Is a solution oriented problem-solver

Computer Skills

Must be well versed and demonstrate competency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Adobe and other computer applications as needed
Prior experience and fluency with Genesis, ERP and PLM systems preferred

Mathematical Skills

Proficient in addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, ratios and percentages
Physical Demands/work environment

Able to sit and work at computer work station up to 30% of the time
Able to stand and walk up to 70% of the time
Able to work in a high-paced environment
Is willing and able to participate in plant trials and runs as needed
Can withstand strong odors from the foods being processed

Applicants must successfully pass a pre-employment background check and drug screen as a condition of any offer of employment to ensure compliance with Drug Free Workplace policies

Haliburton International Foods proudly supports diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer inclusive of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.