Innovation Project Manager

About the Position

As a Mattson Project Manager, you will be responsible for managing innovation projects alongside our highly-experienced Executive Team and Innovation Managers. You will be working in a support role, but you will have the utmost freedom to chart your own path to success.

Since we don’t have a formal training program for this position, being able to take the initiative is critically important to your success at Mattson.  If you work best in a structured environment with policies and procedures, this may not be the best fit for you.

Our business is high touch. It is relationship-based. You must be comfortable with one-on-one client contact, helping to establish long-term client relationships, and delivering world-class project management.

You must have the flexibility, personality and collaboration skills necessary to work cross-functionally with our strategists, creative team, food technologists, chefs, insights, and branding/design team, as well as clients.  You must be able to engage in strategic conversations with clients that range from the most inexperienced of start-up founders to the seasoned marketers, researchers, and R&D members within the largest of our multinational clients.

This role requires extreme attention to detail. Making sure timelines are met and quality deliverables are achieved will be your responsibility. Marshalling the resources to make this happen includes a lot of documentation and follow-up.

You will need to be able to think creatively to solve innovation challenges. This includes working with our creative and development teams to cleverly design brands, concepts, and products that resonate with consumers and generate profits for our clients.

You should have the ability to give an engaging and energetic presentation, as well as help develop and write it. You must be comfortable advocating a strong point of view, and being able to defend it.

Food As a Way of Life

A job at Mattson will immerse you in the world of food.  You must be passionate about food and beverage in all shapes and forms. And while you are willing to taste almost anything without judgment, you have your own passions and loves within the world of food. We want to hear about them. The more you can articulate your passion, the more interested we will be in interviewing you.  At Mattson, food is not just our business; it’s our life.

We also like to have fun. It’s food, after all!

Minimum Experience

  • Project management experience.
  • An undergraduate degree in a related field.
  • A minimum of 3 years in the CPG or foodservice/restaurant industry.

Experience That Will Set You Apart

  • Food manufacturing, food science, or culinary knowledge or degree.
  • Restaurant or grocery operations experience.
  • A graduate degree in a related field.


  • Salary will be based upon experience.  
  • Mattson is an employee-owned company, and ESOP, providing you the opportunity for quarterly profit-sharing.
  • You can expect a rich package of benefits, including 401K, health, dental, Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Account, breakfast, lunch, and snacks every day, and participation in our ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan).


The job will be located at our office and we expect you to be in the office the majority of the time. We are not interested in anyone who would need to telecommute or work less than a normal 5-day work week.

343 Hatch Drive, Foster City, CA  94404


You must be able to travel with advance notice.

How to Apply

If you are interested, send a resume to

No phone calls, please.


Please send your resume with cover letter to


Mattson is an employee-owned company, and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), providing you the opportunity for profit-sharing.

You can expect a rich package of benefits, including 401K, health, dental, Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Account, breakfast, lunch, and snacks Monday-Friday in the office, and participation in our ESOP.


Mattson is North America’s most successful independent developer of new foods and beverages for the retail food and chain restaurant industries. Since 1977, we have worked with clients large (i.e., KraftHeinz, Pepsico, ConAgra, General Mills, McDonald’s, Starbucks) and small (popChips, Blue Bottle Coffee, Annie’s, Argo Tea Cafés, Organic Girl, Ripple, Soylent) to help them identify new business and product opportunities, formulate the early prototypes, develop the branding, positioning, and packaging, test them with consumers, and commercialize the winning products in contract manufacturing plants or in our clients’ own facilities.

We are a 60-person, employee-owned company that operates at a lightning-fast pace, which allows our clients to be smarter and quicker in getting new products to market.  We provide hands-on resources to our clients, but more importantly, we provide expertise, insight, and award-winning creativity across food and beverage categories, segments, and channels.

Our 20,000-square foot single location in the San Francisco Bay Area houses a food development lab, consumer research facility, innovation offices, and an on-site pilot manufacturing plant.  

We are looking for passionate foodies to join our employee-owned “family.” First and foremost, you must be driven by all things food, especially food innovation.