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R&D Associate | Major Japanese food company

A major Japanese food company in Torrance, California is looking for an R&D Associate. We welcome applications from individuals with R&D experience in the food industry.


<Job Summary>

  • This position combines food development and quality control, and mainly supports the research and development (R&D) team of group companies.
  • Assist in food development and improvement, and ensure compliance with quality and safety standards.
  • Play a supporting role in both the innovation process and quality assurance, with a focus on internal R&D activities.
  • Products handled are tofu and plant-based meat substitutes. A wide range of products are manufactured to support product development across the group.


<Job Description>

  • Support customer inquiries regarding quality documentation and product claims.
  • Process customer service claims, product complaints, and customer requests.
  • Assist in ensuring all products comply with food safety and quality regulations.
  • Assist in monitoring and applying industry standards and regulations in product development.
  • Manage the process of obtaining and maintaining product certifications, such as organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, etc.
  • Prepare, submit, and maintain regulatory documentation, such as certification applications, product registrations, and compliance reports.
  • Prepare, submit, and maintain regulatory documentation, such as product registrations and compliance reports.
  • Develop and maintain a system for organizing and retrieving regulatory documentation.
  • Keep documentation up to date and accessible to accommodate group company audits and inspections.
  • Develop internal policies and procedures to support regulatory compliance and certification processes.
  • Provide training and guidance to other departments on regulatory and certification requirements.
  • Assist in the development of new product concepts, formulations, and recipes.
  • Participate in product testing and refinement based on input from the R&D team.
  • Assist in the research and introduction of new food technologies and processing methods.
  • Assist in conducting technical research and analysis to support product development.
  • Compile data and findings to support the R&D team’s decision-making process.
  • Work closely with R&D teams within the group companies, providing assistance and support as needed.
  • Engage in learning opportunities to understand the dynamics of product development and quality control.
  • Understand management.
  • Support initiatives to improve product quality, safety and sustainability.
  • Contribute to continuous improvement of R&D department processes and practices.
  • Participate in meetings and communications with the R&D team to ensure alignment of goals and objectives.
  • Assist in identifying and working with suppliers to source high-quality raw materials and ingredients required for product development.
  • Participate in the evaluation and selection of raw materials based on quality, cost and food standard compliance.
  • Attend industry events to explore new raw materials for product development and stay informed of industry trends and advancements.



  • Have a US work visa (OPT not accepted)
  • Native/business level English required (Japanese is preferred)
  • 6+ months related work experience
  • Degree in Food Science, Nutrition, Culinary Art, or a bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Living near Torrance is preferred
Employment Status Full Time
Position R&D Associate
Language English
Working Hours 5-day work week from Monday to Friday, 8-hour shifts (working in the office every day)

*Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays
*Break time: 1 hour

  • Non Exempt
Salary $~33.00 (based on experience, determined after interview)
Benefit Health insurance (medical insurance, dental insurance, eye insurance), etc.
Job Type: Food Maker
Employment Type: Full Time