Senior Food Scientist
Washington, DC 
Posted Today
Job Description

Exponent is a leading engineering and scientific consulting firm that brings together more than 90 different disciplines to solve the most pressing and complicated challenges facing stakeholders today. Our vision is to engage the brightest scientists and engineers to empower clients with solutions for a safe, healthy, sustainable and technologically complex world. We leverage over 50 years of experience in analyzing accidents and failures to advise clients as they innovate their technologically complex products and processes, ensure the safety and health of their users, and address the challenges of sustainability.

We employ experts from top programs at over 500 universities and from a variety of industries. We are expanding and are excited about your interest in joining our team!

Key statistics:

  • 1100+ Team members
  • 900+ Consultants
  • 550+ Ph.D.'s
  • 30+ Offices globally

We are currently seeking a Senior Food Scientist for a Senior Manager level position for our Center for in Washington, DC (other locations will be considered). In this role you will work as part of a team to utilize your experience and skills related to (1) hazard analysis of supply chains, food ingredients, processing procedures, and the processing environment, (2) ensuring current regulatory compliance requirements and industry best practices associated with food, beverages, and nutritional products, (3) conducting investigations to determine the adequacy of food safety systems and the root cause of product specification excursions and product contamination or failures.

You will be responsible for:

  • Providing technical expertise to our clients related to food science as well as food safety risk assessment and risk management
  • Developing clients through business development and marketing efforts
  • Providing technical peer review
  • Mentoring junior staff

You will have the following skills and qualifications:

  • Ph.D. with a concentration in Food Science, Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, or related sciences; Masters degree will be considered
  • 10 - 20 years relevant experience
  • Extensive knowledge of food industry and regulatory practices
  • An outstanding reputation among clients for integrity, responsiveness, and technical expertise
  • Proven ability to build an existing personal consulting practice comprised of a substantial client base
  • Experience with marketing/business development
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments under rigid time constraints
  • Ability to manage client projects independently
  • Ability to manage and participate effectively in team projects

We value and encourage diversity and inclusivity across all facets of our firm. Having a team built of people with different backgrounds, skills and perspectives allows us to provide better value to our clients and enjoy an enriched work environment.

Our firm is committed to offering a variety of programs and resources to support health and well-being. We believe that providing competitive benefits as well as compensation and recognition programs empowers our staff to do work that makes a difference.

Exponent is a proud equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected status.

If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, you may call us at +1 (650) 688-6968 or email .


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Master's Degree
Required Experience
10+ years
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