Research & Development Greeley, Colorado


Position at Pilgrim's

Kitchen Lab Tech

We are looking for Kitchen Tech for Pilgrim’s who is a foundational part of the Pilgrim’s culture to support a team towards consumer led, culinary inspired, and scalable innovation. This position will support a new world class model towards culinology, starting with kitchen management, streamlining the pilot plant support of new products, delivered through a best in class customer experience.


  • Accountable for kitchen cleanliness and daily sanitation.
  • Organize daily scheduling of the kitchen space and equipment needs.
  • Maintain a culture of safety best practices and SOPs.
  • Manage ingredient inventories of dry and perishable goods.
  • Assist with pantry ordering, ingredient shopping, and small-ware purchases.
  • Responsible for daily receiving of incoming products and ingredients.
  • Schedule and execute logistics for internal sensory testing
  • Execute R&D testing protocols for bench top prototype development.
  • Assist cooking instruction / validation testing needs of new products.
  • Share pilot plant cleaning and organizational needs
  • Coordinate kitchen logistics and hospitality efforts with customer visits.
  • Facilitate FOH customer needs with Sales and Marketing team partners.
  • Assist off-site customer experiences alongside culinary and R&D team.
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Ability to work in a strong team environment
  • Strong sense of urgency; able to pivot to changing business needs
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Prior experience in a professional kitchen or other culinary environment (food processing) required.
  • Prior food safety experience a plus.
  • Strong food safety background through experience with a facility under USDA, FDA, Local health department or through other training.
  • 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.
  • High school diploma or equivalent a must, college credits a plus, associate or bachelor’s degree preferred.

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 6 company observed holidays;
  •  401(k): eligible after 90 days of employment including company match which begins after the first year of service and follows the company vesting schedule
  • Base salary range of $18.00 per hour
  • Incentive Pay: This position is eligible for a retention bonus

For individuals assigned and/or hired to work in Colorado, JBS and Pilgrim’s is required by law to include a reasonable estimate of the compensation for this role. This compensation range is specific to the State of Colorado and takes into account various factors that are considered in making compensation decisions, including but not limited to a candidate’s relevant experience, qualifications, skills, competencies, and proficiencies for the role.

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, alcohol, and background checks for all new team members post-offer and prior to the start of employment. It is a job expectation that all new employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Those who have, at minimum, the first of a two-dose vaccine in advance of their first date of employment will be required to receive the second dose within the manufacturers recommend timeframe and submit proof of their final vaccination dose once obtained. If you need assistance in obtaining a vaccine, the Company can help schedule you with one of its healthcare partners following a conditional job offer, if one is made. 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.

About Us: Pilgrim’s is the second largest chicken producer in the world, with operations in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico and the U.K. Pilgrim’s processes, prepares, packages and delivers fresh, further-processed and value-added poultry products for sale to customers in more than 100 countries, employs more than 50,000 people and contracts with more than 5,200 family farmers. Pilgrim’s is headquartered in beautiful Greeley, Colorado, at the JBS USA corporate office where our 1,200 employees enjoy more than 300 days of sunshine a year.

Our mission: To be the best in all that we do, completely focused on our business, ensuring the bet products and services to our customers, a relationship of trust with our suppliers, profitability for our shareholders and the opportunity of a better future for all of our team members.

Our core values are: Availability, Determination, Discipline, Humility, Ownership, Simplicity, Sincerity