R & D Kitchen Assistant

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Job Description: 


Entry level position responsible for assisting the Research & Development team in the cooking and execution of departmental projects. Performs routine functions such as collecting ingredients for preparation of batches, portioning ingredients, assisting Chefs and other R&D team members, as well as maintaining the kitchen and adhering to performance and sanitation standards.


  • Gather and portion ingredients
  • Responsible for kitchen sanitation. Ensure R&D Kitchen is clean and organized, and overseeing checklist for cleaning needs
  • Stocks and maintains material list to be used in R&D Kitchen
  • Follows all Company rules, including, but not limited to SOPs, GMPs, Safety, and all rules prescribed by USDA and FDA.
  • Checks raw ingredients for maturity or stability for processing and finished products for safety and quality.
  • Assists in the testing of new products for flavor, texture, color, viscosity, etc.
  • Assists in product demonstrations to management and customers as required.
  • Assists in the collection and verification of ingredients for new recipes.
  • Assists R & D Team in product development functions.
  • Perform other duties of similar nature or level.


All employees are responsible for immediately reporting any food safety, food quality or plant security issues to management for appropriate action.

  • R&D Safety Representative
  • Maintain Cleanliness and Sanitation Standards.
  • Maintain a Clean, Sanitary and Safe workplace
  • Other duties as assigned.


Decisions for this position are made within company policy constraints.  The position encounters diverse work situations and can involve a high degree of complexity.  The position operates from well know procedures.  This individual is expected to work with minimal supervision.


This position is not supervisory in nature.


This individual has internal and external contacts including:

  • R&D Team Chefs
  • Operations Managers and Production Leads
  • QA Manager
  • Departmental Directors
  • Customers
  • Visitors
  • Sales and Marketing


The position requires the individual to have culinary training and/or experience.  The individual must have excellent decision making, interpersonal, team work skills. The individual must have the ability to respond quickly in a fast-paced environment.  Additionally this person must be able to look at systems for process improvement and best practices creation.Ability to read, write and understand English required.


High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or six months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Restaurant, catering, culinary school or food manufacturing experience required.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. We provide a full benefits package including medical with HSA, FSA, dental, vision, long term disability, life insurance, employee assistance program and a company matched 401k retirement plan. Additional Supplemental benefits also available.

Harry's Fresh Foods

We're passionate about delivering fresh, culinary-inspired dishes, food that you'd be proud to serve to your family, or your customers. It all revolves around our dedication to using only the freshest ingredients and cooking in small, individual batches. At Harry's, we take our craft seriously, and craft everything from scratch. Whether inspired by the season, a traditional favorite, or the flavors of the world, our talented chefs masterfully meld ingredients and spices into each specially designed recipe, hand selecting only the freshest ingredients and overseeing each small, kettle-cooked batch to ensure it's executed to perfection.

Founded in 1977 our production facility is located in East Portland near the airport. While our busiest production season runs from September through January we produce product throughout the year.  Our products can be found in retail grocery, club stores and in restaurants.


Harry's Fresh Foods provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Harry's Fresh Foods complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


Our company is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.

This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.