Food Scientist

FULL-TIME / CONTRACT-TO-HIRE
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
To apply, please send your resume to
careers@zbiotics.com
FULL-TIME   |   REMOTE + SAN FRANCISCO, CA
To apply, please send your resume to
careers@zbiotics.com

About ZBiotics

ZBiotics is a consumer health startup pioneering the category of genetically engineered probiotics. Our team of PhD scientists takes traditional probiotics and enhances them – giving them powerful new functionalities that improve human health and enrich daily life. We incorporate these new probiotics into our own branded products and sell them direct-to-consumer (DTC).

Our first product – the world’s first ever genetically engineered probiotic to go to market – breaks down acetaldehyde, an unwanted byproduct of alcohol. We launched this product in August 2019, and since then we’ve closed a Seed Round of funding and successfully developed product #2, which will launch within a year. We’re backed by Y Combinator (W18), Oyster Ventures, and Khosla Ventures.

About the role

This role combines everything it takes to manage a QA Department for a probiotic food product. You will guide strategic decisions for formulation and production with an understanding of the intersecting challenges between product use, form factors, food safety, and scaled manufacturing. You will display alacrity in managing expert 3rd party contractor relationships and organizing complex timelines, and an enthusiasm for developing a strong knowledge of regulatory requirements.  

This role is designed for growth and will report directly to the CEO (PhD scientist, Head of Product). Remote work is possible with the option to be on-site at our San Francisco laboratory location. Depending on the candidate’s qualifications, we may consider contract-to-hire preferable to immediate employment. This role will have the opportunity to hire and manage an applied team over time. 

The world’s first consumer GMO microbes are creating opportunities to innovate in food production processes. Help ZBiotics create new technologies with industry leading safety and quality. 

What we’re looking for

This role requires a food safety expert that combines operational and analytical excellence with an understanding of consumer product design and regulation. Previous experience with managing quality compliance in beverage production and commercialization is essential. 

The ideal candidate will be highly systematic and come with a firm executional understanding and passion for using scientific principles to deliver outcomes in a real product. They will have an interest in current affairs related to future food production and a desire to be an expert in regulatory and de facto requirements in the field. They will communicate well with a wide range of personalities in 3rd party contractors, developing close relationships and ensuring exceptional work.

Above all, they will be smart, motivated, and willing to learn. They will be thrilled by the detailed work required to produce dependable, high-quality designer food products and the opportunity to define quality control and analysis in the new category of genetically engineered probiotics.

Minimum requirements

Education And Experience: B.S. Degree in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry or related field, plus five (5) or more years of experience in food safety/quality assurance at a food manufacturing facility, food analysis or research & development laboratory; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

KEY STRENGTHS OF CANDIDATE

  • Strong scientific background with experience in R&D and Quality Assurance/Quality Control.
  • Has developed food safety and quality policies and programs, including HACCP.
  • Understanding of manufacturing operations and process controls (e.g. cold fill and hot fill).
  • Experience in working with raw material suppliers and contract manufacturing.
  • Ability to take individual initiatives while also being a project manager for the team.

SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Prioritize, meet scheduled deadlines, and be flexible to meet changing work priorities and needs
  • Work independently and in a group/team setting
  • Maintain effective working relationships and foster teamwork with suppliers and contract manufacturers
  • Make persuasive presentations by communicating technical information in a non-technical manner appropriate to the audience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Advanced organizational, project management, and documentation skills
  • Strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google applications
  • Strong analytical skills and Detail oriented
  • Passion for the power of science to improve our lives.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop, implement, and maintain company’s food safety, quality systems, and related programs
  • Develop and monitor the supplier approval program (specifications, CofA’s, documentation)
  • Manage documentation and verification activities of Probiotic ingredient produced by Zbiotics
  • Handle all regulatory requirements, specifications, and documentation reviews for finished product
  • Establish and monitor testing programs including Certificate of Analysis reviews
  • Coordinate with contract manufacturer to ensure effective food safety and quality is in place
  • Ensure all appropriate records are maintained and verified for compliance
  • Responsible for evaluation and resolution of customer and/or consumer product complaints
  • Develop trend reports, presentations, and analysis for continuous improvement
  • Provide technical expertise to management and updates of any issues

About our team

We’re a team of deep thinkers who care about the future of the world and the role of science in that future. Our mission at ZBiotics is to help people live healthier, richer lives using science, while at the same time pioneering a new vision for genetic engineering as transparent, responsible, and consumer-first.

While this passion drives our work, we never forget that work is just one aspect of our lives. That’s why we prioritize building a healthy and inclusive culture where people thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do their best work every day.

Read more about ZBiotics in the press: Forbes, TechCrunch, Food Navigator, Scientific Inquirer.

We provide attractive benefits, salary, and equity compensation, along with a flexible schedule and vacation policy.

INTERESTED CANDIDATES PLEASE SEND RESUMES TO careers@zbiotics.com