• R&D Food Scientist

    Job Locations US-CA-Bakersfield
    Job ID 2018-1094
    # of Openings
    Research and Development
  • Overview


    We're Califia Farms (Califia, pronounced like California), the plant-powered food and beverage company of the future. Our mission is to innovate delicious plant-powered foods for mindful nourishment. We're led by beverage visionary Greg Steltenpohl, crafting, concocting and cold-brewing beautifully bottled goodness from the San Joaquin Valley. Our name comes from the Spanish legend of warrior Queen Califia, the goddess of bounty and abundance who ruled over the mythical island of California. We make our daily decisions using these five core values: Do, Learn Improve; Act Like an Owner; Challenge the Status Quo; The Bottle is Half Full; and Using our Sixth Sense (being conscious of our impact on others and the planet).

    In a snapshot:

    • Founded in 2010
    • 250+ full time staff and contracted employee
    • Headquarters in Downtown L.A. Arts District and Manufacturing in Bakersfield, CA
    • We believe in Shared Leadership where team members are heard and leadership is broadly distributed
    • We are committed to our people and to our communities' sustainability


    As part of a small team of food innovators and trend setters, the successful candidate will be on the cutting edge of food science and technology. Keeping up on the latest research and trends he/she will create incredible plant-based products that will show consumers what plants can do!




    • Perform new product development that require knowledge and experience in both new processing technologies and product formulation
    • Developments will run the entire gamut from hands-on bench scale trials to commercialization of new products and the processes needed for their cost-effective manufacture
    • Ability to integrate process knowledge & expertise into new product developments
    • Conduct internal sensory evaluations to determine acceptability of product Creates and maintains formulations, specifications, processes, and testing procedures
    • Conducts lab experiments and line trials within the manufacturing facilities to ensure accuracy of process and quality of product
    • Resolve roadblocks in product development and assist with new product launches
    • Stays current on new food processing technologies
    • Collaborate with Marketing to develop new products that match targeted consumer preferences


    • A Bachelor's or Master’s Degree in Food Science, Food Technology, Chemical Engineering or equivalent with substantial food experience
    • 5+ years of hands-on experience in new food product development and the successful industrialization of new food product
    • Passion for the creation of new and exciting products
    • Self-starter that is naturally curious and enjoys working in a fast-paced innovation centric environment
    • Proficiency in FDA labeling requirements and ability to provide or determine regulatory expertise inputs needed for new products
    • Computer literacy required with proficiency in Microsoft Office
    • Strong project management skills


    The Company is committed to providing equal opportunity for employees and applicants in all aspects of the employment relationship, without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.



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