Nissin Foods (USA) Co., Inc.

  • Research & Development Senior Specialist

    Job Locations US-CA-Gardena
    Job ID
    Research & Development
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    The R&D Sr. Specialist assists directly EVP of R&D and performs under only general supervision work along specialized in processed food development requiring products development training and related experience, skills and knowledge. Works cross functionally in new product development and maintaining approved products.


    Essential Functions - Job Duties: The following duties are considered essential to the job.  Qualified individuals must have the ability – with or without reasonable accommodation – to perform the following duties but not limited to:


    • Representing R&D as a departmental lead of assigned brand(s) or product line(s) in interacting and communicating effectively with Manufacturing, Marketing, Finance, Purchasing, QA, Plant Management and Plant line operations as well as peers in Product Development frequently throughout the projects to support business initiatives such as new product development, pilot production of new products etc.
    • Designs products and executes experiments to ensure stability and success criteria for all aspects of the product (flavor, color and texture, nutritional content etc) are guaranteed throughout the shelf life of the products.
    • Identifies and implements creative and practical applications and modifications of ingredients, formulas and packaging materials.
    • Creates and manages the technical timeline, ensuring the product brief is complete and aligned upon, ensures risks analysis is complete and communicated.
    • Executes project within given timelines to meet desired business objectives (consumer, financial, operational, marketing etc).
    • Scales up formulas at plant and trains plant operators to ensure successful implementation and launch.
    • Works closely with current suppliers and finds new suppliers as required to achieve an enticing and comprehensive range to the highest standard and the right cost price.
    • Creates and maintain written specifications for all new formulas, ingredients and materials, assist with approval process of new suppliers or ingredients and communicate to suppliers.
    • Validates shelf life parameters are met.
    • Orders and inventories ingredients, flavors, materials and store appropriately
      Designs and coordinates laboratory and plant tests to assess technical feasibility in the qualification of alternate materials and vendors. Collect test data, interpret results, formulate conclusions and communicate recommendations to influence business decisions
    • Maintains a detailed understanding of the storage, handling and distribution conditions and methods which Nissin Foods (USA) use and ensure that these are reflected in all Packaging specifications and activities.
    • Studies and analyze other companies’ products.
    • Summarizes and report project which concerned with to supervisor timely


    Supervisory Responsibilities:  None


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



    Education and/or Experience:  Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) and minimum 3 years experience in the development of processed food and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


    About Us


    Since Nissin’s entry into the US in the 1970’s, our flagship brands, Cup Noodles and Top Ramen have held a fond place in US pop culture even before ramen became the trendy dish it is today.  It started in post-World War II Japan amidst dire food shortages and inspired our founder, Momofuku Ando, to invent instant ramen in 1958.  In order to continue this legacy of innovation, we’re looking for noodle lovers who have a passion to disregard the status quo, seek continuous growth and love being part of something special.


    • We want to cultivate a company culture that keeps people excited about our mission and thoroughly engaged.
    • Place the right people in the right positions and provide the resources to help them in their current positions while setting them up for success to grow into future roles.
    • Offer competitive pay and benefits since we want everyone to work to live (and not the other way around).We invite you to join in our mission to evolve how people think about instant ramen, expand its appeal and be a part of this $4 billion global company that was built from a simple block of noodles.  

    Nissin Foods (USA) Co., Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


    If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, contact a Nissin Foods (USA) Co., Inc. Human Resources Representative.



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