produce

Product Development Assistant

Location: GH Foods Sacramento, CA

Renaissance Food Group is a fresh food company with a mission to create fresh, healthy, good food. Headquartered in Rancho Cordova, CA with four company-owned fresh food facilities located in Sacramento and Riverside, CA; Houston, TX; and Green Cove Springs, FL, we proudly handcraft our Garden Highway branded products on a made-to-order production model. At Renaissance Food Group, we pride ourselves on employee retention by investing in our team members through opportunities for advancement and individual growth. We believe the key to our recipe for success lies within our people, and strive to empower passionate individuals who share the same sense of family, dedication, and pride.

SUMMARY

Product Development Assistant is responsible for fulfilling on-going daily and weekly sample requests for RFG and GH clients. Coordinating and assisting in production of specific product lines for Renaissance Food Group/Garden Highway from concept to completion. Responsible for working hands-on in the kitchen, coordinating of recipe developmental work, processing sample request and working closely with Product Development Manager and PD team. This position will need strong communication skills to interface with plant management, PD Manager and PD Coordinators and to assist with fulfilling PD and plant’s daily sample requests.

TASKS

  • Fulfilling on-going daily and weekly sample requests for the Company, while operating under the Quality Assurance safety guidelines of the different Manufacturing facilities and/or culinary kitchen.
  • Filling out lot numbers accurately when pulling product from the plant.
  • Ongoing monitoring and reordering of inventory levels.
  • Follow detailed directions on specific recipes, assembly steps, specific cuts, packaging, proofreading labels and packaging instructions.
  • Continuous interface with Plant Management, PD Manager and PD Coordinator.
  • Plans and organizes self and others effectively
  • Works effectively under pressure and on several project tasks simultaneously and responding positively to tasks
  • Daily monitoring of business projects and sample request
  • Attend daily/weekly meetings as required
  • Other duties as assigned by Product Development Management

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

KNOWLEDGE

  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

TECHNOLOGY

  • Spreadsheet software— Microsoft Excel
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office

COMMUNICATION

  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation and Control — controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Critical Thinking — using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation Monitoring — watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

ABILITIES

  • Information ordering — the ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Near Vision — the ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension — the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity — the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — the ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS

  • Experience in consumer packaged goods development preferred.
  • Experience in culinary field or restaurant setting preferred.
  • Knife, kitchen, cooking and culinary experience required.

Travel Requirements/Schedule

Occasional overnight travel required for off-site meetings, demonstrations or trade shows. Must maintain a license to operate a motor vehicle (Class C). Must have own reliable transportation and be willing to travel back and forth from plant to corporate office, as randomly needed.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment

Minimal time in cold working environment (approx.. 37F)

Food Safety & Food Security Responsibility

All persons within the company have responsibilities to ensure that threats to the safety and security of our final product are minimized. Responsibilities for this position include;

  • Compliance with GH Foods’ Good Manufacturing Practices [GMPs]
  • Understanding basic concepts of food borne illness.

Note to Recruiters and Third Party Placement Agencies:

Renaissance Food Group will not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Please do not forward unsolicited agency resumes to our website or to any RFG employee. RFG will not be responsible for any agency fees associated with unsolicited resumes. Any unsolicited resumes received will be considered property of RFG and will be processed accordingly.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To apply, please complete the form below.