John I. Haas, Inc. is an innovative, passionate, team oriented, and customer driven company. We succeed due to the integrity of our employees and take adding to our “family” seriously! We are also an equal opportunity employer and recent recipient of the Latino Professional Association award for being a top supporter of Hispanic employment in the Yakima Valley. For more information about life in the Yakima Valley, be sure to visit here!

We believe in educational opportunities for our employees and support local programs such as the Children’s Village, Perry Technical Institute, The Capitol Theater, The Union Gospel Mission, and others. We were named Business of the Year in 2015 by the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce and as a family company, we believe in the importance of excellent health benefits for our employees and their families. Consider Haas for your next career move!

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R&D Director

John I. Haas has an exceptional opportunity for a creative and experienced R&D professional. This position reports to our VP of Innovations and is located in Yakima, WA. Responsible for R&D projects from idea to commercialization, conducting bench- pilot- and plant-scale trials as needed, preparing reports and leading meetings, and overseeing the R&D laboratory and pilot plant. The director also participates in customer calls, visits, tradeshows, and technical conferences. Key activities: designs/conducts scientific experiments and develops product prototypes while managing the R&D team.

The ideal candidate has:

  • A Ph.D. in Food Science/Technology, Organic Chemistry, or a related field
  • Ten years of experience in the food industry, including five years of managerial experience
  • Strong ethics/integrity, is customer-service driven, and passion for our work
  • Ability to interact with technical and non-technical teams
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage multiple priorities, and balance process and speed
  • Experience driving innovation and achieving results in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience developing new technology/innovations and commercializing new products
  • Experience prioritizing multiple projects and delegating work appropriately
  • Willingness run the laboratory-, pilot-, and plant-scale trials, when needed
  • Solid track record of successful new technology development, new product innovation, and commercialization of new products








In addition, it’s preferred you have:

  • Experience working outside the U.S. in a technical role
  • Experience working for a small/mid-sized company
  • Hops, brewing, and/or sensory experience