Ajinomoto Foods North America

  • Research and Development Assistant

    Job Locations US-OR-Portland
    Posted Date 3 months ago(4/18/2018 2:52 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Job Field
    Quality Assurance
    Targeted Job Start Date
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    First Shift
  • Overview

    The foods at Ajinomoto Foods North America, are crafted with the utmost care and respect, using only the finest ingredients for an ever-lasting flavor and memory.  Quality, innovation, and collaboration are at the core of everything we do.  We are looking for a Research and Development Assistant that shares these values to join our rapidly expanding team in the Portland area. 


    The Research and Development Assistant contributes to our mission by cleaning and organizing the Research and Development kitchen and office as well as directly assisting the Research and Development staff with daily tasks in a timely, accurate, and professional manner.  This position is essential to support the department in maximizing customer satisfaction through the development of the highest quality and value products.


    • Continuously clean and organize the R&D offices, freezers, storage, kitchen, equipment, and presentation room according to guidelines, instructions, and expectations.
    • Keep work stations and kitchen properly stocked with supplies and ingredients.
    • Shop for supplies and ingredients upon request or before regular stocked items are depleted.
    • Assist with sample shipments.
    • Assist in tasting lunch preparations and cleaning for guests and sample tastings of competitor items.
    • Make sure that all R&D office supplies are available and replenished.
    • Assist with the management of R&D documents by copying, storing, and organizing.  
    • Assist R&D staff with miscellaneous tasks as assigned.
    • Comply with company policies, procedures and safety regulations.


    • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
    • Previous food and kitchen experience is highly preferable
    • Must be able to speak, read, and understand directions in English
    • The ability to speak, read, and understand directions in Japanese is preferred, but not required.
    • The ability to exercise good judgment and handle a moderately stressful, challenging, fast paced and rapidly changing environment
    • Must be able to lift and carry up to 30 pounds frequently and up to 50 pounds occasionally
    • Able to handle working in a walk in freezer with provided protective equipment
    • Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test, including marijuana
    • Valid driver license and passport, or the ability to get a passport, preferred


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