Research and Development Manager

  • Turlock, CA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Foster Farms has been a family-owned and operated company for four generations. Since our founding days back in 1939, we have always been committed to providing consumers with the highest-quality, best-tasting poultry products available. The hope is that our commitment to excellence, honesty, quality, service, and our people will shine through in everything we do.

We are always looking for talented individuals to join the Foster Farms team. We offer the experience of a large organization, but operate like a family business. More than half of our job openings are filled by internal promotion, and we encourage employees to gain a variety of experiences across different functional groups.

Job Description

Purpose of position:
This position is expected to satisfy the product development needs of the business unit as well as independently develop products and processes that will keep Foster Farms competitive and profitable. As part of a multi functional business team they will manage the technical resource utilization of a portfolio of projects. They will be expected to independently evaluate food ingredients, new technologies and processing equipment that will improve costs, production efficiency, and food safety. In addition, they are expected to visit customers to make product presentations with the sales team.

Essential Job Functions:
Provide technical support to develop and implement new and/or improved products and processes.

Review and issue cost estimate requests and technical product documentation

Identify, test and optimize ingredients and production parameters which will result in cost savings

Provide technical assistance and training to operations


BS in Meat Science, Poultry Science, Food Science or related field in addition to ten plus years experience in meat/poultry product development.

MS in Meat Science, Poultry Science, Food Science or related field in addition to 7-10 years experience in meat/poultry product development.

Ph.D. in Meat Science, Poultry Science, Food Science or related field in addition to 5-7 years experience in meat/poultry product development.

Extensive knowledge of meat/poultry processing, food processing and related equipment.

Extensive knowledge of USDA labeling regulations and HACCP principles

Excellent written and oral communication skills. Computer literate in word processing and spreadsheets. 

Must be able to travel (auto and air)

Excellent math skills - must be able to formulate food products.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Foster Farms is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities, Females, Veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Foster Farms participates in E-Verify during the hire process at all locations for all new employees.