SENIOR FOOD TECHNOLOGIST - KEY ACCOUNTS

Overview

Date Posted:
5/4/2022
Job Code:
RD0125
City:
Seattle
State:
WA
Country:
United States of America
Category:
Administrative and Support



Trident Seafoods was founded over 40 years ago and we are proud to have grown to be the largest vertically integrated seafood company in North America. We are a family-owned company with over 9,000 employees worldwide. Trident Seafoods is based out of Seattle, but has processing plants across the United States, Europe, Japan, and China. The real heartbeat of Trident Seafoods, however, is its access to the natural resources in the remote coastal communities of Alaska. We have a unique heritage, talented employees and a company culture founded on the “can do” spirit. Trident believes that our employees are the most foremost reason for our success, allowing us to be the leader in the Seafood industry.


Description

 

 

Summary:

We’re looking for a customer-focused and result-driven food scientist to join our food science and culinary team. Responsible for key accounts/national accounts R&D projects across all product categories. Coordinates, leads the product innovation process end-to-end for key accounts, working tightly with the culinary team. Responsible for creating compelling customer-specific solutions that leverage our core capabilities. Often operates as a project lead, supported by other R&D team members.  Collaborates with customers and project stakeholders, promoting clear communication and process, creating clear product development SCOPE to support ideations. Participates in the development and communication of Trident R&D leadership's strategy.

Essential Functions:

  • Coordinate, lead the product innovation process end-to-end for key accounts and responsible for creating compelling customer-specific solutions that leverage our core capabilities.
  • Has a direct connection to the key accounts’ innovation events, working tightly with chefs and core R&D team.
  • Owns key accounts ideation calendar in all domestic R&D locations and informs team members of upcoming events and expectations.
  • Manages and develops concept prototypes for customer presentations. Supports the culinary team in application planning and creating concepts, taking into account marketing trends.
  • Ensures that all planned events are organized and executed at the highest standard of excellence.
  • Collaborates with ingredient suppliers on new designs for R&D driven product categories in respect to key accounts
  • Supports other R&D members on innovation and process & product improvement projects.
  • Participates in cross-functional team projects when assigned.
  • Participates from time to time in offsite events: i.e. teambuilding; customer events and dinners; sales meetings and social events.
  • Ensures attention for all operational standards and maintenance of physical facility building management. Coordinates the outside support and contracted maintenance support in collaboration with the R&D management team.
  • Additionally, acts as an R&D operation lead when required, supporting the team with receiving/shipments and other similar assigned responsibilities.
  • Creates clear personal business goals. Sets calendar events, schedules and conducts regular follow-up discussions. Tracks industry trends, innovations, new products market, relevant legislation, and competitor activities.
  • Schedules and supports on-site event calendar in collaboration with the culinary team.

Product Development:

  • Key accounts ideations: creates ideation/innovation work plan, execution and follow-up.
  • Initiates produces and supplies existing or prototype product samples designed to meet target account needs.
  • Drafts specifications on prototype products prepared for target customer sampling.
  • Mentors other less experienced team members in the related product category.
  • Participates and provides guidance in benchtop research and evaluation of new ingredients and product formulations, planning lab experiments, shelf-life testing and production trials.
  • Guides preparation and shipments of hand samples of new products for internal and external sampling/ evaluation.

Communication and Organization:

  • Hands-on and can-do mindset plus demonstrated strong leadership potential to lead a focused project team of R&D associates and other cross-functional partners.
  • Good organizing, collaboration and presentation skills.
  • Collaborates with representatives from all departments within existing and potential accounts to assess requirements and collect information necessary in designing and making product recommendations.
  • Provides clear communication of scheduled tasks, priorities and project status through project planning and weekly work plan summary to upper management. Provides adequate follow-up regarding low-priority projects so the platform is not lost over time.
  • Has a strong understanding of corporate anti-trust practices, Trident’s proprietary practices, and non-disclosure agreements with supplier partners.
  • Maintains and manages paper files and computer records for all projects in the appropriate location. Keeps personal space and ingredient storage clean and organized. 
  • Ensures regular freezer clean-up and track of frozen products.

Minimum Requirements

 

 

Education:

  • Food science or closely related degree
  • Job experience in food manufacturing and R&D.
  • Min 5 years of experience working with national accounts customers and/or food service customers

Special Training/Skills:

  • General understanding of food laws and regulations.
  • Speak in public and interact at a technical level with internal and external customers and industry peers.
  • Proficient in MS Office, PowerPoint, Database Management and other computer applications to access information, analyze data and solve problems.

Trident Seafoods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age and genetic information.

Trident Seafoods has adopted a zero-tolerance and drug-free workplace policy. Pre-employment drug examinations are required for all employees.

Any employment offer from Trident Seafoods is contingent upon the candidate maintaining valid immigration status and work authorization throughout employment, without any need for immigration sponsorship by the company.