Product Development Technician – Santa Rosa, CA

Cannabistry’s Product Development team brings innovation to life. The Product Development Technician plays two critical roles to support the team develop demonstrably better products.  First, he/she supports the lead product developer in executing formulation and process development from the lab benchtop through pilot plant scale-up.  This may also include executing shelf-life studies in partnership with the Quality team.  Second, during the product development process he/she leads design, execution and analysis of consumer product testing to obtain feedback related to product efficacy, sensory attributes and other desired market research. Specifically: 

Product Development

  • Collaborates with product developers to execute benchtop development, pilot plant scale-up, specification development and data collection.
  • Ensures proper documentation for all project work is completed and stored in compliance with internal standards.
  • Design and analyze shelf-life studies to validate for safety, efficacy, sensory, and stability over desired lifetime of product.
  • Maintains inventory to prevent out-of-stock or out of date ingredients.
  • Troubleshoots and resolves processing issues with support from lead product developer on projects.
Consumer Sciences
    • Collaborate with Sales and Marketing teams to recruit participants for consumer testing of cannabis-infused products and organize a statistical representation of the consumer target market for each product category
    • Develop basic methods, theories and approaches used in the execution of sensory evaluation and consumer testing research
  • Design and develop surveys/questionnaires, in order to gain specific insights on product efficacy, flavor and overall performance.
    • Manage execution of product testing research with adherence to local CDPH and Cannabis regulations.  This may include moderating focus groups and orchestrating or coordinating In Home Use Tests (IHUT).
    • Gather and analyze data to report to the Product Development Manager which includes, but is not limited to:
      • Statistical analysis of data to help guide product development – primarily control testing across various attributes
      • Finding correlations within tested variables using regressions and other statistical methodology.
      • Finding correlations between specific consumer demographics and product satisfaction.
      • Ability to report results in timely and easily understandable manner.
      • Create visual aids to increase understanding of the material being reported.
  • Manage internal sensory program including development of training materials for employee sensory training.

Requirements

  • Bachelors or Associates degree in Food Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field.
  • Certificate or degree in Sensory or Consumer Science is preferred
  • 2-5 years of experience in CPG, Food and Beverage or Pharmaceutical industry is preferred
  • Experience operating or working in a laboratory environment or pilot plant
  • Understanding of sensory methodology and statistical analysis of sensory data
  • Ability to communicate cross-functionally
  • Effective project and time-management skills, with the ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm for food and implementation of new technologies.
  • Team player, with the ability to inspire and be inspired by many different types of people and roles 

Company Background

  • Cannabistry is a scientific research and development company with a highly successful team of food and beverage industry executives, scientists, engineers, marketers, and designers who are collaborating to produce high quality products in the cannabis industry. Our mission is to develop and produce demonstrably better cannabis-infused products and brands that deliver outstanding quality, efficacy, reliability and experiences

  • Cannabistry partners with M Plant Productions, located in Santa Rosa, CA, to commercialize, market and sell various cannabis-infused brands within its portfolio in the CA market. M Plant Productions is a 19,200 sq.ft state-of-the-art, food-grade manufacturing facility with Type 6 extraction capability.  Within M Plant Productions’ facility, Cannabistry’s team of experts conduct R&D, Product Development, Sensory validation and Scale-Up to create best-in-class products.
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