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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.





The Food Technologist II will work tightly with amazing food science and culinary team specializing in Alaskan Seafood, developing new product formulations from concept to commercialization and improving existing products. We’re looking for a creative and resourceful food product developer with several years of research & development or technical food science experience in food manufacturing.


Essential Functions:

Product Development:

  • Initiates, produces, and supplies existing or prototype product samples designed to meet target account needs.  
  • Leads benchtop research and evaluation of new ingredients and product formulations in their area of responsibility; plans, performs and documents lab experiments, shelf-life testing and production trials.
  • Evaluates and recommends various ingredient/recipe components in terms of functionality, formula, acceptability to target customer/geographic region of account, cost verification, and Trident manufacturing capability. Ensures new ingredient opportunities are properly vetted and approved prior to preparing customer samples.
  • Responsible for multiple assigned multiple R&D projects partnering with the supply chain, FSQA, production team, category, and project management where required.
  • Prepares and ships out hand samples of new products for internal and external sampling/ evaluation
  • Tightly collaborates with fellow team members on product development, R&D processes, presentations, and everyday operations.
  • Contributes to New Product Development (NPD) creative exploration (10% of job scope).
  • Designs methods to improve ingredient qualities and food production in areas of flavor, color, texture, nutritional value, convenience, and/or physical, chemical, and microbiological composition of foods, as well as cost improvement and process efficiency.
  • Creates R&D specifications and documents all tests (lab and plant trials); compiles and records testing data and charts for ingredient performance, production test information/ summary, and ongoing projects.

Technical and Organizational Skills

  • Strong working knowledge of the scientific methods, ingredients, product formulation, and food processing to support best-in-class development of new, innovative food products.
  • Good understanding of food laws and regulations.
  • Strong knowledge of labeling requirements to review nutritional and ingredient statements and recommend changes when required.
  • Demonstrated experience in food formulation and processing
  • Experience in a production environment including scale-up from benchtop to commercial scale.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at a time and adhere to fast timelines, as well as adapt in a fast-paced changing environment with a positive attitude
  • Self-directed with minimal supervision.
  • Must be able to travel freely between the workplace and other Trident processing facilities. Occasional travel to customers located throughout targeted regions is expected.

Minimum Requirements




Bachelor of Science degree in food science or related field with minimum 3-5 years of product development or related experience. Master’s degree in food science or related field with minimum 2 years of experience.

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.