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Food Technologist

Brand:  SGK
Company:  Schawk USA Inc. (US103)
Line of Business:  SGK Americas

Pleasanton, CA, US, 94588


SGK is seeking a Food Technologist to join our team.  The Food Technologist is responsible for providing technical support for all food and non-food product development activities. This position will also be responsible for diagnosing problems with products and providing support for team members with their product development duties.



  • Tests products to identify potential problems or flaws; methodically steps through product interfaces and document product issues.
  • Assist cross functional partners by managing documentation and new food product demonstrations across multiple categories. Receive, log, and store food product sample submissions. Create and distribute demonstration reports.
  • Identifies product weaknesses and communicates effective possible solutions.
  • Draft new finished product specifications into a database, such as ingredient statements, based on input from cross functional partners. Route specifications for approval.
  • onduct a wide range of analytical tests, sensory testing, shelf life and product stability studies
  • Acquire nutrition information from manufacturing plants and Suppliers (ingredient and finished goods) and enter data into a nutritional database program
  • Assist cross functional partners by managing and updating product files in an internal specification database system.
  • Ensure all products under development conform to quality procedures for product safety and integrity.
  • Investigates ingredient and process innovations through contacts with outside suppliers.
  • Solve technical problems through search of scientific literature or other sources of technical information.




  • Bachelors Degree in Food Science, Chemical Engineering or related field preferred.
  •  2+ years experience in product development, food analysis, QC lab or related field.
  •  Thorough knowledge of food manufacturing equipment and food preparation.
  • Thorough understanding of food safety and microbiology.
  • Thorough understanding of ingredient functionality and product formulations.
  • Working knowledge of packaging technology to evaluate adequacy of packaging.
  • Working knowledge of food labeling regulations.
  • Working knowledge of sensory evaluation procedures
  • High degree of proficiency in MS Office Suite, Outlook & Internet applications.
  • Able to operate simple chemical and analytical tools and laboratory equipment (refractometer, pH meter, simple titrations, and various measuring devices.)
  • Strong analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation, project & planning skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills (including analysis, interpretation, & reasoning).
  •  Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with peers and colleagues across the organization, as well as internal and external clients.
  • Ability to work well autonomously and within a team in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment.
  • Ability to work with and influence peers and management.
  • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting.
  • Keen interest in food and/or non-food product development.
  • Occasional travel either locally or nationally may be required.




  • Regularly required to stand; walk; sit; and talk, hear and see.  
  • Regularly/Occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. 
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually low/moderate.


* Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

SGK is a global packaging and brand experience company. From idea to implementation, we deliver packaging solutions and brand experiences that give brands the freedom to speak louder, scale faster and grow stronger. We simplify marketing and amplify brands to deliver value.  SGK is a Matthews International company. 

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