Kira Vance

Food Technologist, Quality Control

About me

Actively pursuing a career in product development and quality assurance in the food industry. With over 8 years in both food and retail, I am looking to utilize my knowledge in both new and exciting ways!

Skills and tools

Team Work
Team Management
Food & Beverages


BS in Nutrition and Culinary Arts
Bastyr University

Food science, whole food nutrition, and culinary skills, while accentuating therapeutic foods 

Work Experience

March 2018 -September 2018
Product Development, Food

Work on a cross-functional team to cost optimize core food, including breakfastsandwiches, pastries, and ready to eat lunch itemsResponsible for finding equivalent or better ingredients to current cheese, gravy, bread,laminated pastries, and baked goodsSetup and support core team and internal consumer sensory panels for product development,optimization and production reviewsFormula review within Genesis nutrition database systemDevelop and update specification sheets for multiple types of food productsSupport process improvement with proprietary in store oven equipmentRevamped the shelf life review process leading to increased shelf life on many products 

September 2018 -June 2021
Shift Manager

- Foster open communication between the leadership team and all partners. - Maintain accurate inventory counts and place store orders daily. - Keep an organized stockroom, setting the store up for success. - Troubleshoot equipment and facility issues and escalate when necessary. - Supervise and participate in our weekly deep cleaning.

Awards and Certificates :

December 2016 -December 2021
ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification