CAREERS

We offer a work environment that is:

Innovative

Ours is an environment where team members can express their ideas freely and have opportunities to contribute to our growth and success in flavor creation/application, sales, customer service, quality & regulatory, operations, finance & accounting, analytics and more.

Rewarding

In addition to the opportunity for professional growth, we offer competitive compensation, excellent benefits including full medical, dental and vision plans, life insurance, long term disability insurance, 401-k plan (including a safe harbor contribution), paid maternity leave, generous holiday and vacation schedule, and other benefits.

Dynamic & Inclusive

T. Hasegawa USA is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in accordance with all federal and state laws and does not discriminate based on economic or social status, race, color, ethnic origin, creed, religion, political belief, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status or disability.

Careers in Food Science

Collaborative

Energized, inspired and cohesive teams work cross-functionally to achieve T. Hasegawa USA’s common vision. Our team members share a capacity for innovative thinking and productivity. We provide an environment where effective communication and spirited collaboration provide a high level of employee engagement and commitment to results.

Challenging & Stimulating

Our rapidly growing company offers team members throughout the organization the opportunity to challenge themselves and to grow professionally in our stimulating offices and laboratories, as well as our advanced production facilities.

CAREERS

We offer a work environment that is:

Innovative

Ours is an environment where team members can express their ideas freely and have opportunities to contribute to our growth and success in flavor creation/application, sales, customer service, quality & regulatory, operations, finance & accounting, analytics and more.

Rewarding

In addition to the opportunity for professional growth, we offer competitive compensation, excellent benefits including full medical, dental and vision plans, life insurance, long term disability insurance, 401-k plan (including a safe harbor contribution), paid maternity leave, generous holiday and vacation schedule, and other benefits.

Dynamic & Inclusive

T. Hasegawa USA is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in accordance with all federal and state laws and does not discriminate based on economic or social status, race, color, ethnic origin, creed, religion, political belief, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status or disability.

Careers in Food Science

Collaborative

Energized, inspired and cohesive teams work cross-functionally to achieve T. Hasegawa USA’s common vision. Our team members share a capacity for innovative thinking and productivity. We provide an environment where effective communication and spirited collaboration provide a high level of employee engagement and commitment to results.

Challenging & Stimulating

Our rapidly growing company offers team members throughout the organization the opportunity to challenge themselves and to grow professionally in our stimulating offices and laboratories, as well as our advanced production facilities.

“We believe that people hold the key to achieving our business objectives and our overall success.
People constitute our most important asset.”

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Our Commitment

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T. Hasegawa USA is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in accordance with all federal and state laws and does not discriminate based on economic or social status, race, color, ethnic origin, creed, religion, political belief, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status or disability.

Positions Available

DEPARTMENT:

R&D

LOCATION:

Cerritos, CA

REPORTS TO:

Director of Flavor Creation

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Sr. Flavor Chemist provides their technical expertise to create excellent flavors for our customers. The Senior Chemist plays a key role in flavor sales growth, and can lead, direct and manage projects executing them at a high level.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS/MAJOR JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Demonstrates creation leadership potential through commercial projects and their execution
  • Develops new flavors for internal proactive flavor department initiatives and fill the flavor library gap
  • Successfully interacts with key customers
  • Maintains excellent customer relationships by working collaboratively with Sales, Marketing and Applications
  • Provides technical leadership and support to departments within the company, including Sales, Marketing Customer Service and Operations
  • Maintains current customer products and supports raw material matters
  • Understands and adheres to the creation of safe and stable flavors
  • Mentor junior flavorist in specific technical areas/project exposure
  • Stays current with new flavor development and new flavor processing techniques
  • Some travel may be required
  • Share knowledge in flavor development and relevant areas with team members
  • Actively assists operations to solve raw materials & manufacturing problems
  • General problem solving skills capabilities
  • Proactively evaluates & determines added value of new & unique materials
  • Requires project and team management skills

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This position may or may not directly supervise subordinate employee

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience and coursework in the Flavor Industry commensurate with title will be required
  • Certification through Society of Flavor Chemists is required
  • Soft skills such as leadership, coachability, mentoring skills is a plus
  • Sr. Flavorist would have a minimum of 10 years of experience in the flavor industry creative function
  • Excellent communication, computer, and math skills
  • Proven artistic ability. Presentation skills, project management skills
  • Proven successful mentoring of flavorists from trainee level to flavorist
  • Savory Category with expertise in topnote and maillard reaction flavors. Need to be competent in the creation of chicken, beef, meat, vegetable, cheese, dairy, umami, and salt modulation

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS and/or EXPERIENCE

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Chemistry or closely related field
  • Advanced degrees in related fields always a plus

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read, speak, write and understand English.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands and fingers, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee may be required to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

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DEPARTMENT:

Quality Control

LOCATION:

Cerritos, CA

REPORTS TO:

Director, Quality and Food Safety

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Quality Systems Analyst supports the establishment and implementation of internal and external Quality Management Systems to assure that T. Hasegawa USA is in compliance with all FDA, GFSI (BRC), HACCP regulatory and quality programs and customer audits.  This position also supports the production process, monitoring the quality and food safety of our raw materials, processed and finished products, and communicating with corporate functions such as Regulatory, R&D, and Commercialization.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS/MAJOR  JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Creates food safety & quality site-wide training and maintains training matrix
  • Administers food safety & quality training during on-boarding of new hires
  • Able to work with Quality Management Systems such as Tracegains to manage the site document review and approval process
  • Makes necessary revisions to site documents
  • Manages the site’s internal audit program (maintains schedule, issues audits, maintains and tracks results)
  • Participates in external audits; conducts internal pre-audit, assigns, tracks, implements, verifies corrective actions from audits
  • Works with management and food safety team to enforce GMP and employee practices throughout the processing facility
  • Tracks RCA-CAPA KPI’s and identifies and reports gaps
  • Completes customer questionnaires and customer requests for information regarding HACCP, Production processes, and the quality system.
  • Maintains required lists and logs such as chemical inventory, service providers, etc.
  • May act as site PCQI (or back-up)
  • May perform periodic reviews of manufacturing related records
  • Able to perform lab tasks such as sensory, physical, chemical, and/or instrumental evaluation of incoming raw materials, in process, and finished products following SOPs and specifications
  • Expedites the evaluation process and final disposition and provides information to production.
  • Assists with troubleshooting quality problems in production
  • Participates in the development of specialized processes to improve quality or food safety
  • Generates data for Certificates of Analysis
  • Participates in taste panels
  • Maintains laboratory data, supplies, and calibration of equipment on a regular schedule as well as maintaining databases
  • Works on corrective actions of any customer complaints/issues
  • Performs other duties as required
  • Able to work extended hours/shifts/OT as needed
  • Occasionally able to work different times/shifts
  • Ability to travel and perform quality tasks at either Corona, Cerritos, or Foothill Ranch if needed
  • Able to use computers and MS Office apps as well as learn use of LX (ERP), MES, LIMS systems

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential functions satisfactorily. The requirements listed herein 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, CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS and/or EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Chemistry or related field preferred
  • 1-3 years of related experience and/or training in a quality production lab environment

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read, speak, write and understand English.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands and fingers, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to work in a production environment that is wet, slippery, noisy, dusty, and may be exposed to strong aromas and chemicals that require use of proper PPEs. The employee may be required to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

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DEPARTMENT:

R&D

LOCATION:

Cerritos, CA

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Flavor Chemist demonstrates mastery of flavor compounding and is skilled in simple flavor creation. Has a good working knowledge of flavor materials, and is able to describe the characteristics of common chemicals. Has an understanding of basic organic chemistry, flavor analysis, and organizations and regulatory agencies pertaining to flavors. Has good knowledgeable of flavor regulatory issues. Compounds flavors, selects flavors for projects and executes simple flavor creation for projects using good project management skills. Provides overall research and development support in a team-oriented, highly motivated, manner. Intentionally develops skills as a Flavor Chemist.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS/MAJOR JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Accurately compounds flavors using existing formulas or new formulations. Follows all THUSA compounding procedures.
  • Assists Flavor Chemists with internal products and customer related projects and activities. Assists in reformulating flavors, compounding flavors, gathering materials, setting up flavors for evaluation, shelf life testing, commercialization, etc.
  • Performs simple flavor creations and makes flavor adjustments. Can execute simple flavor matches with a high degree of accuracy, and customer acceptance. Selects flavors for projects. Completes projects in a timely manner and communicates delays to the appropriate personnel.
  • Intentionally develops and grows as a Flavor Chemist. Demonstrates a keen interest in flavor creation. Completes flavor training program. Develops strong project management skills. Takes the initiative to study flavor raw materials, learn from vendors, read relevant books and other materials, ask questions of Senior Flavor Chemists, etc.
  • Performs other duties as necessary. Examples of other duties include analytical testing, maintaining equipment, Optiva entries, cleaning and organization, production formula and raw material maintenance, etc.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This job has no supervisory responsibilities

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential functions satisfactorily. The requirements listed herein 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, CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS and/or EXPERIENCE

  • Minimum five (5) years in flavor industry
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Bachelor’s Degree required in Food Science, Chemistry or related field of study
  • Master’s Degree in Food Science a plus

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read, speak, write and understand English.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands and fingers, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee may be required to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

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DEPARTMENT:

Flavor Library/ R&D

LOCATION:

Cerritos, CA

REPORTS TO:

Nigel Cobb, Flavor Library Manager

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Compounder is responsible for developing a working knowledge of all systems and processes related to the Flavor Library and will facilitate the needs of Flavor Trainees and others in R&D, Marketing, Applications, and Sales.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS/MAJOR  JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Compound flavors considering accuracy and timeliness coupled with safety and integrity
  • Execute GMP, and GLP – good lab practices. Safety, cleanliness and courtesy
  • Possess/develop and apply working knowledge of all laboratory equipment, such as scales, mixers, computers, r-plant, reflux and reaction flavors, spray dryer, steam distillation and vacuum drying and as well as new technology as it is introduced to the lab. If you do not know how to use equipment, must be willing to learn and be trained on it
  • Raw material management. Responsible for proper handling and storage of raw materials. Restocking factory materials, and if not in factory can request sample from purchasing or inform chemist. Do not put empty bottles back in bins
  • Provide retain samples of all new creations and/or restocking formulas and properly label them. (Will need to possess knowledge of SDS labeling). Place in retain area for Flavor Trainee
    Retains that are new creations require flash point. Must learn and operate flashpoint apparatus and record in Optiva under R&D attributes and hard copy
  • Restock flavor library as requested by librarian and chemists
  • Process pilot batches as needed, record lot # for raw material; may need C o A from QC
  • Complete projects on a timely basis. You must be able to prioritize assigned projects by using the due date, customer ranking, Flavor Chemist assistance and librarian requests. Communicate delays as soon as possible to chemists, or librarian
  • Keep station clean and organized. Responsible for cleaning common areas in savory lab, and sweet lab including refrigerators and freezers in the raw material room
  • Responsible for cleaning and maintaining lab equipment under your use. i.e., scales, dishwasher, computer. Any malfunctioning equipment must be reported to Senior Flavor Chemist, Maintenance or IT as appropriate
  • Responsible for cleaning lab wares. Wash and put away all lab equipment in savory lab each evening, and unload each morning
  • Back up for sample coordination and other technicians
  • Perform other duties as required

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of one year experience in a science/lab-related role
  • Comprehension and proficiency in reading and executing formulary directions (similar to following correctly and executing experiments in a chemistry or biology lab)
  • Proficiency in converting between different various units of measure. (English to metric)
  • Proficiency with Microsoft programs including Excel

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS and/or EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelors of Science (B. S.) in Food Science, Chemistry, or closely related field required
  • Advanced degrees in applicable field (MS, MBA, PhD) desirable, not required

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read, speak, write and understand English.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands and fingers, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee may be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee is occasionally required to operate machinery including forklift and lab equipment.

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LOCATION:

Corona, CA

POSITION OVERVIEW:

Working in a team you will be responsible for mixing both simple liquid and powder blends as well as more complex processes including vacuum drying, spray drying and reactions and ensuring that all orders are completed.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS/MAJOR  JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Operate equipment in order to accurately utilize raw ingredient materials in a precise manner to create flavor product.
  • Ensure understanding of all safety, quality and operational procedures relevant to the role.
  • Utilize tools and electronic/computer systems for compounding and container filling.
  • Utilize computer, scan gun, or other tools and processes to correctly match ingredients to shop orders
  • Follow production, safety, quality, and operational procedures to verify and record information during production process
  • Ensure proper ventilation and use of safety equipment
  • Develop understanding of Quality Control requirements for sampling, product testing, swabbing of equipment, etc and follow policies surrounding Quality Control needs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • ****Must be flexible to work various shifts. 24-hour facility****
  • 2-3 years of production experience as a machine operator or related role
  • Must have excellent attention to detail and adhere to policies and procedures
  • Must be able to read, write, and perform basic mathematics, including metric in English
  • Equipment Operator experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs as needed
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Must be able to stand and walk for extended periods of time
  • Bilingual English/Spanish is helpful
  • Experience in the food industry and familiarity with industry-related quality systems and procedures is highly preferred
  • Familiarity with Kosher production will be an advantage

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS and/or EXPERIENCE

  • High School diploma or GED

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read, speak, write and understand English.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands and fingers, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee will be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

CLASSIFICATION CRITERIA

Job title classification determined by competencies in key processes in the Production department as outlined below.

Number if Specialized Skill/Processes Title
0-1 Operations Technician I
2 Operations Technician II
3 Operations Technician III
4+ Sr. Operations Technician I
4+ (Lead) Operations Technician Lead
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LOCATION:

Corona, CA

POSITION OVERVIEW:

Working in a team you will be responsible for mixing both simple liquid and powder blends as well as more complex processes including vacuum drying, spray drying and reactions and ensuring that all orders are completed accurately.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS/MAJOR  JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Operate equipment in order to accurately utilize raw ingredient materials in a precise manner to create flavor product.
  • Ensure understanding of all safety, quality and operational procedures relevant to the role.
  • Utilize tools and electronic/computer systems for compounding and container filling.
  • Utilize computer, scan gun, or other tools and processes to correctly match ingredients to shop orders
  • Follow production, safety, quality, and operational procedures to verify and record information during production process
  • Ensure proper ventilation and use of safety equipment
  • Develop understanding of Quality Control requirements for sampling, product testing, swabbing of equipment, etc and follow policies surrounding Quality Control needs.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This position does not have any supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 0-3 years of production experience as a machine operator or related role
  • Must have excellent attention to detail and adhere to policies and procedures
  • Must be able to read, write, and perform basic mathematics, including metric in English
  • Equipment Operator experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to push, pull, lift, and carry up to 50 lbs regularly
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Must be able to stand and walk for extended periods of time
  • Bilingual English/Spanish is helpful
  • Experience in the food industry and familiarity with industry-related quality systems and procedures is highly preferred

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS and/or EXPERIENCE

  • High School diploma or GED

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read, speak, write and understand English.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands and fingers, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee will be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

This position requires occasional use of a full face respirator. Candidates must be able to pass related medical screening and fit testing.

CLASSIFICATION CRITERIA

Job title classification determined by competencies in key processes in the Production department as outlined below.

Number if Specialized Skill/Processes Title
0-1 Operations Technician I
2 Operations Technician II
3 Operations Technician III
4+ Sr. Operations Technician I
4+ (Lead) Operations Technician Lead
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LOCATION:

Corona, CA

POSITION OVERVIEW:

Working in a team you will be responsible for mixing both simple liquid and powder blends as well as more complex processes including vacuum drying, spray drying and reactions and ensuring that all orders are completed accurately.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS/MAJOR  JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Operate equipment in order to accurately utilize raw ingredient materials in a precise manner to create flavor product.
  • Ensure understanding of all safety, quality and operational procedures relevant to the role.
  • Utilize tools and electronic/computer systems for compounding and container filling.
  • Utilize computer, scan gun, or other tools and processes to correctly match ingredients to shop orders
  • Follow production, safety, quality, and operational procedures to verify and record information during production process
  • Ensure proper ventilation and use of safety equipment
  • Develop understanding of Quality Control requirements for sampling, product testing, swabbing of equipment, etc and follow policies surrounding Quality Control needs.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This position does not have any supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 0-3 years of production experience as a machine operator or related role
  • Must have excellent attention to detail and adhere to policies and procedures
  • Must be able to read, write, and perform basic mathematics, including metric in English
  • Equipment Operator experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to push, pull, lift, and carry up to 50 lbs regularly
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Must be able to stand and walk for extended periods of time
  • Bilingual English/Spanish is helpful
  • Experience in the food industry and familiarity with industry-related quality systems and procedures is highly preferred

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS and/or EXPERIENCE

  • High School diploma or GED

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read, speak, write and understand English.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands and fingers, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee will be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

This position requires occasional use of a full face respirator. Candidates must be able to pass related medical screening and fit testing.

CLASSIFICATION CRITERIA

Job title classification determined by competencies in key processes in the Production department as outlined below.

Number if Specialized Skill/Processes Title
0-1 Operations Technician I
2 Operations Technician II
3 Operations Technician III
4+ Sr. Operations Technician I
4+ (Lead) Operations Technician Lead
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