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Senior Food Scientist

Soylent, Los Angeles

A complete blend of everything the body needs to thrive


Soylent Nutrition, Inc., the maker of Soylent and Coffiest, is a pioneer in food technology producing healthy, functional foods that are good for the body and the planet. In 2013, Founder and CEO Rob Rhinehart developed the first iteration in his kitchen after recognizing the need for a simpler, more efficient food source. Soylent uses science and technology to solve the challenges plaguing the current food system and work toward its mission of providing access to quality nutrition to people across the globe.

With its rapid expansion over the last four years, Soylent’s suite of products has grown beyond its original Powder, to ready-to-drink meals in 2015, flavor extensions, and its debut on Amazon Launchpad in 2016. Although available primarily online at Soylent.com and on Amazon, Soylent recently announced its first foray into traditional retail with 7-Eleven in the Greater LA and Austin areas - the first major step in its retail distribution plan. Soylent's innovative products include the original Powder and 14oz Ready-to-Drink bottles available in Original, Cacao, Cafe Coffiest, Cafe Vanilla, and Cafe Chai.

Soylent Nutrition, Inc. believes in managing the Company and the product by never being complacent and staying on the cutting edge of food technology and nutrition. Working at Soylent Nutrition, Inc  you'll have a platform to build cool things that positively affect the world with fun and dedicated people. We also have raised over $75M in funding from Google Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Lerer Ventures, and Y-Combinator. You’ll be able to help grow our small creative team and contribute your ideas to build this exciting brand and change the way people think about food. Soylent Nutrition, Inc. is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.

SUMMARY OF THE POSITION: Reporting to the VP of Product Development & Innovation, the Senior Food Scientist provides leadership in product development within the Product Development & Innovation team and supports the broadening of Soylent’s product portfolio beyond beverages through the following key responsibilities:  


RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Leads formulation efforts for baked, confectionery and savory products from bench-top through commercialization.
  • Ensures that the formulas adhere to the target cost structure, food safety & regulatory parameters and meet the consumer acceptance targets set out for the products.
  • Creates, designs, supervises the development of new experimental protocols/best practices required to validate product concepts and prototypes including shelf life testing studies and the development of physical & analytical specifications for the products.
  • Conducts and leads assessment and capability studies, product startups/commercialization and provides on-site support to Operations when needed.
  • Independently directs the activities of outside vendors including ingredients and services.
  • Fosters an innovation culture by leading and participating in ideation efforts and continually introducing new ideas and product concepts.
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement by mentoring other food scientists and encouraging open collaboration within the team and with cross-functional teams and outside vendors.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • M.Sc. or B.Sc. degree in Food Science, Bakery Science, Food Process Engineering (Masters preferred).
  • 5-10+ years of food science experience with a proven track record in developing and commercializing baked, confectionary, extruded, and/or savory products.
  • Excellent analytical skills, strong attention to details, good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to handle and lead multiple projects at any given time in a team environment.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment and adapt to changes in priorities.
  • Ability to think beyond the Product Development and Innovation function to consider the organization holistically.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
BENEFITS:
Amazing Health, Dental, and Vision benefits
Life insurance and disability benefits
401(k)
Unlimited snacks, drinks, and lunches
Beautiful creative office in the heart of DTLA
Competitive salary
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About Soylent

In 2013, Rob Rhinehart set out to develop a simple and affordable nutritional drink that possesses everything the healthy body needs. That drink is what we now recognize as Soylent, the first macronutritious food replacement beverage customized for you. 

Want to learn more about Soylent? Visit Soylent's website.