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Flavor Applications Scientist

Voyage Foods

Voyage Foods

Thousand Oaks, CA, USA · Oakland, CA, USA · California, USA · United States
Posted on Monday, May 27, 2024

Our Flavor Application Scientist is a key member of the R&D team, helping create flavor formulations to support the development of our food and beverage products. The Flavor Application Scientist will help fine tune our flavors for use in specific applications. This position leads efforts to modify and use flavors to give the final product exactly what it needs. The Flavor Application Scientist will work cross-functionally in a lab environment and coordinate with other lab personnel to conduct tests, gather data, and report the results.

This is an exempt, non-supervisory position based at our Oakland, CA HQ location and will report directly to the Director of Research Integrations.

What you’ll do

  • Develop and optimize innovative flavor formulations for a variety of applications, including beverages, baked goods, and confectionery products.
  • Develop and apply testing methods to assess stability of flavors through application and processing.
  • Assess new flavor technologies and ingredients.
  • Develop and apply testing methods to assess stability of flavors through application and processing
  • Drive the investigation and discovery of new ingredients and technologies to provide technical solutions
  • Conducting experiments relevant to explore flavor generation pathways and applying findings in Product Development
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously, adhering to tight deadlines
  • Translate customer needs into scientifically sound flavor solutions which can be applied to food products.
  • Maintain organized and efficient laboratory equipment and environment, including maintaining records for easy retrieval and clarity.
  • Communicate and collaborate across the company in a professional manner.

What makes you successful / What makes a great candidate

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Chemistry, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in flavor development or food formulation.
  • Experience in ingredients and technologies for food and beverage applications.
  • An understanding of project management for new product commercialization.
  • Excellent sensory skills and vocabulary.
  • Drive new initiatives with enthusiasm and seamlessly collaborate with cross-functional teams, bringing together diverse talents to create better flavors.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical skills, specifically the ability to connect scientific data to real tangible meaning in the food and beverage products you analyze.
  • Accuracy and detail-orientedness in all aspects of your role.
  • Comfortability and ability to thrive in ambiguity and a start-up environment.
  • Curiosity with a penchant for experimentation, exploration, and collaboration.

Physical Demands

  • Tasting and comparing the tastes of a full range of foods and food products (including dairy, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, grains, nuts, meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, spices, and other foods) for different characteristics, such as appearance, smell, taste, flavor, and quality of ingredients.
  • Able to compound for production if needed and prolonged standing periods
  • Extended periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer


United States-based roles only: The Annual salary for this role is between $80,325-$94,500 plus immediate participation in our benefits program (health, dental, 401k and many others), utilization of our generous paid time off and, where applicable, participation in our incentive programs. All employees are owners of Voyage Foods and receive an equity grant as part of their total package. At Voyage Foods, we approach each individual's compensation with a promise of fair market value and internal equity commensurate with experience and specific skill set.


  • Medical, Dental, Vision Plans
  • STD/LTD, Life and AD&D policies
  • FSA, HRA, and Mental Health Program Benefits
  • 401K Program
  • Commuter Benefits
  • 20 Paid Days Off + 9 Company Holidays
  • Paid Family Leave Program
  • Ongoing Team Events, including Weekly Friday Lunches

Voyage Foods is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Voyage Foods is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Alex Chancellor, SHRM-SCP at or (831) 277-0509.

Voyage Foods will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background check.