R&D Food Technologist

3 months ago
# of Openings
CJ Foods


CheilJedang (CJ) was founded in 1953 specializing in food products. Since then it has grown into a global lifestyle brand with a business portfolio built around the four sectors - Food & Food Service, Bio & Pharma, Entertainment & Media, and Shopping & Logistics. With over 55,000 employees around the world, CJ Group promotes healthier, happier and convenient living through its many products and services. For more information, please visit www.cjamerica.com.


CJ Foods, is an affiliate of CJ Group, began its US operations in 1978 and has since become a major distributor and manufacturer of Asian food products to many markets nationwide. With U.S. headquarters located in Southern California, CJ Foods constantly strives to introduce the best authentic Asian food products to American households by utilizing over 30-years of industry experience and established networks. CJ Foods’ brands include Bibigo and Annie Chun's and our main products include dumplings, Korean BBQ sauces, seaweed snacks and ready meals. CJ is the No. 1 Food Company in Korea and CJ Foods’ mission is to become the No. 1 Asian food company in the U.S., specializing in globalization of Korean cuisine. Please visit cjfoods.com/cj.  


  • Develop products from concepts formed at ideation sessions and follow standardized commercialization set-up procedures; execute projects according to business plan timelines
  • Improve current products with regard to both cost and quality; submit creative ideas for accomplishing these types of objectives
  • Work on mostly meat based products; fully cooked frozen or chilled meat entrees; raw meat marinades; meat patties; breakfast sausages
  • Source new ingredients during the product development process and build vendor relationships
  • Prepare bench top prototypes and analyze using a variety of methods available in the R&D test kitchen
  • Work in conjunction with Senior Researcher to develop innovative concepts and recipes
  • Monitor current market trends via trade journals and competitor market trips to predict future focus
  • Prepare product specifications, set-up formulas and write technical reports and test run plans
  • Perform consumer sensory testing and shelf-life studies for pre-launch products
  • Maintain a clean and organized R&D test kitchen
  • Independently conduct plant trials at various production facilities
  • Support the Sr. Researcher of US R&D POST in reporting out the US food products and market information and trends to CJ Foods R&D at the Korea Headquarters

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 2 years of experience 
  • Associate Degree with 4 years of direct experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • R&D experience in the food industry and culinary background strongly preferred
  • Any form of processed meat such as chilled or frozen fully cooked meat development experience strongly preferred
  • Excellent communication skills, strong analytical and problem-solving skills, advanced knowledge of food science, computer skills that include Word, Excel & PowerPoint
  • Driving a rental automobile as needed; walking, standing or sitting for extended periods of time; ability to lift up to 40 lbs. on an occasional basis; exposure to manufacturing environments that may include loud noise, heat, cold, wet and slippery conditions



  • Health Insurance PPO Packages (competitive 100/70 plan - 100% covered by insurance)
  • Dental + Vision (with generous allowance amount per year)
  • Life Insurance (employee + dependent(s))
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability Leave (short term 100% covered)
  • Health Savings Account
  • Flexible Spending Account (employee + dependent care)
  • Free Lunch!
  • Gym Reimbursements
  • Employee Discounts (40% off CJ products & services)
  • Compressed 9/80 Work Schedule (every other Friday off!)
  • 401(k) 5% Match (no vesting period!)
  • Flexible Work Schedule Option
  • Paid Time Off (generous and increases by tier!)
  • Paid Time Off Balance Cash Out Option
  • Paid Family Leave (family care or volunteer trip)
  • Paid Maternity Leave (paid 100% for 12 weeks)
  • Paid Secondary Caregiver Leave (up to 2 weeks)
  • Paid Creative Leave (up to 2 weeks specified on years of service)
  • Paid Holidays (10 ~ 11 days)
  • Talent Sharing Opportunities
  • Employee Club Activities (movie, e-sports, book, sports activity club, etc.)



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