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R&D Technician

Deer Park, Texas

At The Schwan Food Company, we are driven to bring our customers delicious foods and reliable services. That's how we grew from a "one-man-and-a-truck" delivery business in rural Minnesota to a multibillion-dollar private company with thousands of team members nationwide. Our commitment to delicious foods shows in all we do, from careful ingredient selection and quality food making to delivering a great experience wherever you shop and eat.
The foods we make reach customers in many ways. We deliver directly to our customer's homes through our popular food-delivery business, offer well-known retail brands such as Red Baron®, Freschetta®, and Tony's® pizzas, Pagoda® snacks and appetizers, and Mrs. Smith's® and Edwards® desserts, and bring innovative food solutions to our customers in the food-service industry. To learn more, visit us at

The Schwan Food Company (Schwan’s) is looking for a Research & Development Technician to join our team in Houston, TX.  This position is responsible for the support of Product Development. This position provides support in the areas of new product development, product improvement, cost reduction, lab operations and maintenance, and technical support.
  • Prepares experimental formulas or processing techniques and specifications with guidance from scientists or engineers.
  • May assist in developing specifications for raw materials, subassemblies and finished products.
  • Documents sensory attributes and preparation instructions.
  • Coordinates test run activities including ingredient ordering, lab prep, sample production and collection.
  • Responsible for data collection, observations and documentation of test results
  • Calibrates and maintains operation of instruments, equipment and labs.
  • Keeps lab areas and equipment clean and operational. Keeps labs stocked with commonly used ingredients and supplies.
  • Maintains, records, and reconciles expense receipts and purchase orders for R&D labs.
  • Responsible for shipping and receiving of ingredients, subassemblies, and finished goods according to requests and instructions.

Education: High school diploma or equivalent; Associate degree preferred.
Years of Related Experience: 2-3 years related experience.
  • Advanced communication and interpersonal skills
  • Food service, culinary, food preparation experience preferred
  • Intermediate PC skills including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel & PowerPoint
  • Problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and ability to multitask
  • Ability to operate and calibrate R&D laboratory instruments and basic R&D lab and pilot plant equipment
  • Ability to taste and ingest any type of food product currently under development

The employing subsidiaries of The Schwan Food Company are Equal Employment Opportunity Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, age, race, color, religion, gender, vet status, national origin or other protected class.

Job Type: Product & Packaging Development
Business Unit: Schwan's Shared Services, LLC
Req #: 17001184

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