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Diamond Foods, Inc.

About Diamond...

  • We are a growth company. We embrace change.
  • People matter. You can make a difference.
  • Highly collaborative: transparent, aggressive sharing of information.
  • We value a strong work ethic and strive for exceptional reliability.
  • Entrepreneurial: Deep ownership -- exhibit a high sense of urgency.
  • We value great character: Resilience, humility, and optimism.
  • Constantly strive to learn and improve.

Career Opportunities

Food Technologist

Diamond Foods is an innovative packaged food company focused on building and energizing brands including Kettle® Chips, Emerald® snack nuts, Pop Secret® popcorn, and Diamond of California® nuts. Diamond’s products are distributed in a wide range of stores where snacks and culinary nuts are sold.  For more information visit our corporate web site: www.diamondfoods.com.

POSITION OVERVIEW:

 This position supports Research and Development (R&D) initiatives by supporting product development projects from concept to commercialization.  Responsibilities include formulation of new products, conducting product testing, preparing R&D samples and supporting plant trials. This position reports to the Senior Food Scientist with dotted line reporting to supervising Food Scientists.    

 DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  •  Create prototypes  and execute experiements to support R&D evaluations. 
  • Participate in production tests to successfully meet project objectives. 
    • Accurately records, analyzes and reports data to meet project objectives. 
    • Monitor competitor products and development activities.
  • Perform product quality testing
  • Manage R&D sample documents
  • Assist in facilitation of in-house and contracted sensory testing, including management of sensory panel samples and standards;  and set up, clean up, and support sensory evaluation meetings
  • Coordinate organization, storage of equipment/materials and clean up of R&D facilities
  • Perform various administrative duties, such as sample management, data entry, and shipping
  • Occasional overnight travel
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor
  • Adhere to GMP’s, Standard Operating Procedures, and Safety Regulations consistently.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Working within a laboratory environment
  • Working knowledge of food manufacturing, quality and food safety systems, sanitation, allergens, SOP’s and safety protocols
  • Effective computer skills using MS Office products
  • Able to accept and interpret direction competently and professionally
  • Able to perform tasks independently and as part of a team to accomplish goals.
  • Effectively manage priorities and dynamic deadlines
  • Self motivated, flexible and positive in a fast-paced business environment
  • Efficient time management and communication
  • Occasional overnight travel to support R&D project priorities.
  • Problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Data collection and analysis skills
  • Food science knowledge
  • Ability to build on other’s ideas
  • Technical writing and effective communication skills
  • Flexible and positive in a fast-paced business environment
  • Ability to work in accordance with safety and food safety policies
  • Interpersonal and team skills for working with employees at all levels within the company
  • Physical Requirements include:
    • Exposed frequently to an environment with high levels of seasoning dust and fumes, heat, humidity and moving machinery.
    • Frequent sitting and repetitive motion with hands with dexterity to key board.
    • Occasional standing, walking, and talking.
    • Infrequent climbing, stooping, bending, reaching and turning/twisting.
    • Infrequent lifting of up to 50 pounds.
  • Able to maintain a high level of confidentialityWork in an environment with medium level safety risks.
  • Work unusual hours as required to accomplish job tasks.
  • Effective English language literacy; oral and written communication skills

 EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and Technology and 1 year of experience in food manufacturing.
  • Salty snack, and non-GMO project experience preferred.

 

 

To apply please send resume to:  jobs@diamondfoods.com">jobs@diamondfoods.com">jobs@diamondfoods.com, or visit our website at: www.diamondfoods.com for more information.

 

Diamond Foods is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability. Pre-employment drug testing and background check required.