June 3, 2019

Senior Product Development Technician

Fresca Foods

Fresca Foods is a Colorado-based manufacturer of natural and organic foods founded over 20 years ago. We seek out, acquire, and grow companies that are transforming traditional food categories with innovative, flavor-forward snacks made from real food. Additionally, we partner with innovative companies that inspire conscious consumers and transform traditional food categories. Our commitment to excellence, passionate and talented team, and our creativity and flexibility have made Fresca a recognized leader and employer of choice. Over the past decade, Fresca has grown by thousands of percent in revenue, cases shipped, employees, and manufacturing space. Fresca is recognized as a Top 50 Employer in Boulder County, 2016 Colorado Manufacturer of the Year, 2016 winner for Outstanding Innovation, and 2015 finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year. Fresca is also a leader in community service. We consistently receive high marks in ethical audits and give our time and resources to community organizations such as Community Food Share, Food Bank of the Rockies, and EFAA. The next ten years will be even more exciting than the last ten, and we are excited to welcome new highly motivated and talented team members to our family.

Position Overview
The Senior Product Development Technician is responsible for help managing all plant trials and managing the daily operations of the test kitchen, including organizing, stocking and maintaining a clean work environment.

Essential Functions
 Helps manage all plant trials for the organization for new projects including coordinating pre-ops with QA Technicians, sanitation of equipment and smallwares, issuing product consumption forms, checking raw materials and packaging materials pulls, batching, making labels, recording trial results, managing inventory returns and finished goods, and helps analyze results
 Helps coordinate the overall planning and staffing for the trials including attending debrief meetings to ensure key learnings are discussed and process improvement made when applicable
 Understands all manufacturing processes on all SKU’s and become proficient with equipment and managing labor for all processes
 Manages R&D benchtop trials (protocepts) and plant trials on existing lines by working with Supervisors to explain goals, control formulas, record process control points, makes observations, manages inventory returns and finished goods, and helps analyze results
 Understands allergen and organic labeling and storage regulations and organizes R&D inventory accordingly
 Manages R&D inventory by location, lot code, amount and expiration
 Manages R&D lab product inventory, including ensuring all necessary equipment is available and in working order
 Performs new item shelf life testing
 Prepares customer samples for products in the development phase and ensures proper shipping and tracks delivery
 Keep lab clean and organized. Follow all Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s)
 Responsible for maintaining a food safe work environment and in the event it is perceived that it is compromised, action is to be taken which includes stopping the process and notifying the production supervisor, assistant supervisor, or lead on duty
 Other duties as assigned

Skills & Knowledge
 Must possess strong communication skills
 Calculates simple ratios
 Strong working knowledge of HACCP and allergen management
 Must be able to multi-task
 Comfortable working in a dynamic and changing environment
 Possess basic computer skills in Excel and Outlook

Education & Experience
 High School Diploma or equivalent
 Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in a food manufacturing environment or Bachelor’s degree Food Science or Culinary field
 Bi-lingual in English and Spanish a plus
 Experience with Good Manufacturing Practices, required

Work Environment
 Able to stand for extended periods of time (10 hours per day)
 Able to lift up to 50 lbs
 Able to work in both hot/warm conditions
 Comfortable with a moderate noise level
 Able to work in an environment with peanuts and tree nuts

Benefits
 Health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, FSA, pet insurance, 401(k) with company match, generous PTO, paid holidays, life insurance and short term disability insurance, bonuses

To Apply
 Send your resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to apply@frescafoodsinc.com

At Fresca, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. Fresca Foods is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to equal consideration regardless of gender, age, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.