Research Chef in Oakland CA

Voyage Foods
Research Chef
Job ID: 
Oakland CA
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Job Types:
Corporate Chef, Food Technol/Scientist, Research Technician
Employment Type:
Full Time

Title: Research Chef

Reports to: VP of RD

Location: Onsite, Oakland, California

About Us:

Voyage Foods offers a much-needed solution for challenges within the global food system: creating a future where food isn’t limited by a changing environment and can be enjoyed - without compromising on flavor and experience - for years to come. Voyage Foods recreates foods that face environmental challenges, using food science and wholesome ingredients to capture beloved flavors and textures. From peanut-free spreads, cacao-free chocolate and bean-free coffee, Voyage Foods makes classic foods even better for people and the planet, never compromising on taste.

We are the kind of team that supports each other and has each other&##39;s backs. Beyond this, we are always looking out for the future and career of each employee. We don’t sell prospective hires on happy hours and ping pong tables, here’s what we are uniquely able to offer:

  • A unique opportunity to build a business that will scale fast.

  • A company that’s fundamentally changing the food system for the better.

  • An environment where we not only acknowledge the hard work and success of our teammates, but also celebrate them!

About you:

  • You are a self-starter, results-oriented getting things done on time and on spec

  • You have a strong sense of personal responsibility

  • You work with ambiguity to get to clarity

  • You seek to solve problems collaboratively

  • You have a natural ability to develop strong, trusting relationships

  • You are organized and able to manage multiple projects and timelines effectively

  • You balance attention to detail with swift execution

  • Being creative is something you enjoy as well as using data to inform decisions

Role Summary

Process and execute all sample requests, maintain the stock of ingredients and packaging materials, collaborate with the R&D team on ad hoc projects, clean and organize the work area and the lab in general.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with R&D, Sales and Marketing, Office Manager, Shipping and Receiving and Operations to ship quality samples of our current and upcoming product line.

  • Meticulously prepare items for shipping ensuring they arrive in perfect condition paying attention to optimal temperatures and shipping speed.

  • Improve the cooking or baking process of current and new recipes

  • Research and propose packing procedures and processes that ensure careful and timely delivery anywhere in the world.

  • Create a concise inventory management system to ensure ingredients for samples are always in stock

  • Create a clear and repeatable par program of samples to ensure samples are always available

  • Improve the documentation of recipes, SOPs, Prep Guides, and build sheets for all products for consistent and scalable production of samples for any occasion.

  • Evaluate products on the benchtop & in their finished state for taste, presentation, texture and report findings to the team

  • Work collaboratively with R&D team to help identify & develop new product platforms & new product improvements

  • Support shelf-life & stress tests on new recipes & products in development for deliverability or operational viability as well as presentation

  • Clean and sanitize your work area and tools before and after use

  • Assist other team members in R&D as needed (cleaning equipment, packaging samples or ingredients, organizing and tidying up the lab as needed)


  • Experience in a food science environment or equivalent preparing foods or creating recipes to highlight ingredients

  • Proven ability to thrive in a startup environment - you have worked in a fast-paced environment where a sense of urgency is important as well as quality of deliverables

  • Strong knowledge of proper food handling and sanitation procedures and guidelines

  • Must be strong in excel, google suite products, process and recipe documentation

  • Strong knowledge, experience and understanding of tools, techniques, measurements, ingredients, equipment, small wares and cooking required for baked goods

  • Strong passion for food and chefmanship

  • Project management experience

  • Strong organizational and time management skills

  • Ability to self-initiate and manage multiple project tasks independently to meet business objectives and to support the individuals of the workgroup

Preferred Experience

  • Pastry science or related food science degree


  • Health, Dental, Vision

  • Life insurance policy

  • 401k

  • Unlimited PTO

  • Paid holidays

  • Friday lunch on us

  • Flexible working hours

  • Tools to do your job well

Voyage Foods is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity in our employee population. It is the policy of Voyage Foods to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or special disabled veteran, marital status, pregnancy, or any other legally protected status.

Job Location Information
City: Oakland
County: Alameda
Populaton: 413,775
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