Job Title: New Ingredient Specialist (R&D)
Industry Sector: Natural/Organic Personal Care/HABA, Supplements/OTC
Job Categories: Naturopath/Homeopath
Product Formulator
Production - Manufacturing
Purchasing / Sourcing

 Contact Information
Company Name: Threshold Enterprises, Ltd.
  Address: 23 Janis Way
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
United States
  Company Phone: 831-438-6851
Web Site:

Job Description
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The Position: New Ingredient Specialist (R&D)


·   Are you interested in natural products, dietary supplements, herbal medicine, and/or nutrition?

·   Would you like to work as part of a multidisciplinary team to bring new dietary supplements to market?

·   Do you like the idea of collaborating with ingredient suppliers to locate the best new vitamin, mineral, and botanical ingredients?

·   Are you a people person who likes to initiate conversations and meetings, and to maintain productive long term relationships?

·   If you’ve answered yes to these questions, please apply on our website today!

·   This is not a laboratory research position.


Summary of Job Duties: 

     The New Ingredient Specialist will build relationships with raw material suppliers in order to bring in new ingredients, and to support our supply chain for current materials. Good people skills are important for this position, as is the ability to carry out research on raw materials, to clearly document and communicate the results of this research, and to create and maintain spreadsheets and document archives.


Specific Job Duties:

·      Collaborate with in house and out of house resources to support new and existing dietary supplement products for the Source Naturals and Planetary Herbals brands.

·      Initiate and maintain relationships with suppliers of raw materials to be used in the manufacture of dietary supplements.

·      Work with suppliers to bring in new ingredients and to support the supply chain for current raw materials.

·      Maintain documentation pertaining to suppliers and raw materials.

·      Carry out online research, write summaries, and create spreadsheets.

·      Perform all other tasks as assigned by Threshold management.


Minimum Qualifications Required:

·      Some academic or other experience required in physiology, biology, chemistry or health sciences.

·      Minimum of 2 years work experience- not necessarily related to the dietary supplement industry, but highly desired.

·      Good analytical and writing skills, an understanding of basic chemistry, and experience with Excel spreadsheets.


Skills and/or Training Desired:

·      Work experience or academic coursework in food science, nutritional science and/or herbal medicine.

·      Interest and experience in nutrition, natural products, dietary supplements, and/or herbal medicine.

·      B.S. or B.A. Degree in the humanities, biological sciences or social sciences.



Established in 1978, Threshold Enterprises is a well-known national nutritional supplements distributor and manufacturer of award winning Source Naturals® and Planetary Herbals™ brands. The company's brands are sold through more than 7,000 store Health Food Store and internet channels. The company has grown significantly through exceptional channel relationships, product innovation and the reputation of its brands for potency, quality and value. Threshold Enterprises is one of Santa Cruz County's larger employers, with over 700 employees.


Job Location: Scotts Valley, CA
Country: United States
Position Type: Full Time
Employee May Telecommute: No
Job seekers must live within: No preference
Required to Relocate: No
Required to Travel: No
Minimum Experience Required: 1-3 years

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