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At Planterra Foods, we believe our planet is filled with delicious ideas. Leveraging the resources of our investor, JBS USA Food Company, we aspire to change the future of protein by giving people more flavorful, plant-based choices. Our goal is to delight people from vegans to flexitarians to meat-eaters by giving them more delicious plant-based protein choices, like our first brand OZO™.

We are building our team and looking for a Food Lab Tech based on-site at our new corporate office in Lafayette, CO who will help us create the best plant-based protein company in the world. As a part of our Research and Development (R&D) team, this role will support the creation and improvement of our plant-based protein products. The Tech will frequently collaborate with Product Developers and Food Scientists, as well as the Sales and Marketing Teams.


  • Oversee the R&D Laboratory and Kitchen and install quality systems to ensure a highly organized and clean environment

  • Oversee Preventive Maintenance Program of the R&D and Culinary Kitchen equipment

  • Prepare and ship sales samples and ensure proper organization of the process

  • Operate in a USDA inspected facility following all the rules and regulations associated with this requirement.

  • Ability to read and follow written and verbal instructions to mix/blend formulations for sample production.

  • Assist product developers in sample production, daily paper work, out going shipping and incoming receiving.

  • Additional tasks deemed necessary by the Director of R&D


  • B.S. degree preferred

  • Prior experience in a Food Laboratory or Processing Facility strongly preferred

  • Basic office experience a plus

  • Must be able to work in a team environment

  • Strong food safety background through experience with a facility under USDA, FDA, health department or through other training

  • High work ethic, dependable, and be able to work independently

  • Detail oriented with strong organizational and problem-solving skills

  • Must be able to handle physical activity which includes the following: lift minimum 50 lbs. and stand on your feet for long periods of time (4-6) hrs

  • Effective communication skills, both oral and written

  • Proven mechanical/equipment and computer skills are required

The applicant who fills this position will be eligible for the following compensation and benefits:

  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, and Dental coverage begin after 60 days of employment

  • Paid Time Off: sick leave, vacation, and holidays

  • 401(k): company match begins after the first year of service and follows the company vesting schedule

  • Base salary range of $50,000 - 55,000

The Company is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our team members and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct a drug (including Marijuana), alcohol, and background checks for all new team members post-offer and prior to the start of employment. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.