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Product Development Intern

Back to the Roots is currently searching for a Product Dev Intern to leverage the company’s current momentum & develop new products. We are looking for someone excited to join our passionate & energetic team to fulfill our vision of making food personal again.

About Back to the Roots

Back to the Roots is an Oakland, California based company founded in 2009 by two UC Berkeley seniors, Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora, who gave up corporate jobs to become urban mushroom farmers. Since that time, Back to the Roots has evolved from a single product to a thriving business dedicated to the disruptive proposition of "undoing food" through the creation of innovative products that inspire curiosity and reconnect families to their food.

Our first product was the Mushroom Kit that allowed anyone to grow fresh, organic mushrooms right out of a little brown box in just ten days. We launched the AquaFarm, a self-cleaning fish tank that grows food a couple of years ago, and now we are launching several new products including Back to the Roots Organic Stoneground Flakes, the nation’s first US grown 100% stoneground wheat cereal. Our products are sold in thousands of locations including Whole Foods, Costco, Nordstrom, The Home Depot, Target, World Market, Petco, Loblaw, Wegman's, Fresh Market, Safeway, Kroger, Urban Outfitters, Sam's Club, Crate & Barrel and many other fine retail locations nationwide. Back to the Roots was a Martha Stewart American Made Awards winner and named as one of Forbes 25 Most Innovative Consumer Brands.

Back to the Roots is now working towards re-defining the "future of food" - one that is all about the "undoing of food" back to its simplest ingredients and least processed versions. How do we create and promote food that is made in a kitchen not a lab, and reconnect families back to their food? Our R&D team isn't biochemists and food scientists, it's our grandparents! We think there's a powerful movement that's just starting up around simplicity and un-doing. It is our vision that what "organic brands" were for baby-boomers, radically transparent and simple brands will be for millennials and our kids. Food is the most personal thing there is - it's what we put into our bodies 3x a day - and yet we're so disconnected from it and have so much trust around "new invented foods". We know what works, simple, real food and ingredients - we want to inspire a whole new generation to get excited about that! :)

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You will work with our Product Development team, brainstorming, prototyping, and testing new product ideas, while improving existing products. This role will require a keen eye for details, as well as the ability to step-away and see the bigger picture. Organization is key.

The Job

As Back to the Roots’ Product Dev Intern, you will be responsible for managing new experiments, thinking of new product ideas, as well as managing the current product landscape. You will be responsible for the following:

  • Developing, and testing new products, as well as improving existing products
  • Researching components of new products, and developing reports to build the BTTR knowledge base
  • Analyzing business, market, and technological trends and making appropriate recommendations for potential innovations.
  • Assisting Product Dev Lead with sourcing and implementing strategies to consolidate BTTR’s supply chain, when necessary.
  • Building the BTTR brand and helping the company grow in its ability to lead and inspire the homegrown food movement

Necessary Qualifications

  • You are energetic and self-motivated--a critical thinker with fantastic organizational skills.
  • You have a do it yourself attitude, and have built things from scratch in the past.
  • You can anticipate the next step in a project, and take action.
  • You enjoy strategic planning and can effectively recognize and plan around future consequences and trends that can maintain BTTR's image as an innovator in the food space.
  • You are eager to learn about the CPG retail industry.
  • You're a skilled communicator and have an act for foreseeing opportunities and challenges before they arise.
  • You don't fold under pressure, but instead, thrive on setting high expectations for yourself, managing multiple tasks simultaneously, and meeting goals.
  • Most importantly, you are passionate about what we're doing at Back to the Roots!

How to Apply

To apply please send your resume and cover letter outlining why you would be a good fit to with "Product Dev Intern" in the subject line.