Product Development Manager/Food Scientist (FT)

San Clemente, CaliforniaFull-time
About the Job
Will be responsible for formulating, testing, and commercializing new product innovations, cost reduction projects, and quality improvements. Will manage all technical documentation for finished products, formulas, processes, and packaging. This job is a hybrid working model, but cannot be fully remote.

Following are examples of key responsibilities and are not an exhaustive list of all duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.
Duties may change depending on business needs.
  • Manage technical aspects of projects and work with a cross functional team including, for example, product development, quality assurance, compliance and co-manufacturing, marketing and innovation.
  • Create, conduct, analyze, and report on bench top and pilot plant experiments.
  • Lead or support manufacturing trials to test and commercialize products.
  • Support new products and new improvements commercialization.
  • Conduct root cause analyses and implement solutions to fix manufacturing issues.
  • Create and manage technical documents for finished products, formulas, and packaging.  This includes product specifications, manufacturing procedures, nutritional information, and packaging specifications (including pallet configurations).  
  • Lead and participate in sensory evaluation & analysis of new and existing products; including documenting outcomes and recommending next steps.
  • Manage technical aspects of projects to deliver results on time.
  • Bench-top formulation work and management of development consultants for new or existing products.  Developing formulas within defined guardrails for cost, nutrition, and taste.
  • Develop strong relationships with internal and external partners, customers, suppliers, and co-manufacturers to develop and implement solutions. 
  • Provide effective oversight of co-manufacturers, 3rd party consultants, raw material suppliers.
  • Product development & innovation experience
  • Strong working knowledge of food science, health and nutrition, food manufacturing processes, quality assurance principles, basic laboratory procedures and analyses, ingredient supply market and market research practices
  • Adaptable and able to effectively deal with ambiguity and change
  • Continuous improvement mindset
  • Detail oriented
  • Excellent verbal and written skill
  • Professional and positive attitude
  • Collaborative team player
  • Reliable with initiative and a strong work ethic
  • Confident and self-motivated
  • A passion for health and wellness
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage multiple projects and priorities.
  • An understanding of the principles of intellectual property.
  • Highly creative technical development and problem solving skills, resourceful.
  • Familiarity with regulatory compliance requirements, quality systems, and technical documentation.
  • Travel up to 20% as needed, including visits to co-manufacturer plants. 
  • At least six years of experience in either R&D/Product Development or Quality Assurance.  Certified organic products and/or beverages and frozen desserts a plus.  
  • Experience working directly with manufacturing facilities to test products. 
  • Experience writing and working with technical specifications and documentation.  Packaging experience is a plus.
  • Strong project management skills & track record of managing multiple projects with tight deadlines.
  • Good computer skills – MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Genesis/Esha.  Filemaker is a plus.
  • Basic lab skills – pH, brix, etc.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in Food Science, Food Engineering, or similar discipline.
    About SAMBAZON

    Founded in 2000, SAMBAZON, an acronym for Sustainable Management of the Brazilian Amazon, was the first company to introduce “certified Açaí” to the world, supplying organic and Fair Trade certified Açaí products from a proprietary supply chain to ensure transparency from the “palm of the tree to the palm of your hand.” SAMBAZON recently launched Seeding Change, a documentary highlighting mission-driven brands operating on triple-bottom-line business models and using commerce as a vehicle to create a more prosperous future for the people and the planet, similarly to how SAMBAZON uses the Delicious Powers of Açaí. All SAMBAZON products, including Smoothie Packs, Ready to Eat Açaí Bowls, Juices, Energy drinks and Açaí Bites are made from USDA Organic, Non-GMO, vegan, and Fair for Life, Fair Trade Certified Açaí. SAMBAZON’s Fair Trade certification has helped to protect the Amazon Rainforest and its rich biodiversity and has helped to positively impact thousands of local growers. With the commitment to invest a percentage of local Açaí purchases back into the community, SAMBAZON has contributed over $1 million to build healthcare centers, community centers and schools. For more information about Seeding Change and SAMBAZON’s mission and products, visit