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Product Development Associate Full time - MI-Grand Rapids


Meijer is a leading Supercenter located in five states throughout the Midwest, with over 200 stores and more than 60,000 employees. Our Midwest geography includes corporate offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and stores, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities throughout Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. As a multi-billion dollar retailer, Meijer is ranked as the 19th largest privately held company in the country. We have become a respected leader in the competitive retail market by sticking to our core values of customers, competition, family, freshness, and safety & health.

Currently, Meijer is looking for a Product Development Associate. This position works with Foods Product Development Manager and Foods Merchandising to increase share growth in Meijer Own Brand products, as well as delivering products that will support the overall brand strategy.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Assists in the development of Fresh/Perishable Foods, including foods manufactured by Meijer Self-Manufacturing, and outside suppliers.
  • Works on key deliverables in the Bakery/Deli Product Development and Innovation Pipeline, manages key portions of the projects to ensure a timely product launch.
  • Collaborates with Product Development Manager to develop and maintain pricing for all raw materials needed to support Meijer self-manufacturing interests.
  • Assists in the determination of Meijer raw ingredients, and finished goods product specifications.
  • Focuses on base improvements on existing Meijer Brand Fresh Foods that ultimately leads to increased market share in Perishables, Bakery and Deli.
  • This job profile is not meant to be all inclusive of the responsibilities of this position; may perform other duties as assigned or required.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • 1-4 years of experience in product development, food science, or research and development for retail, CPG, and/or foods manufacturing
  • The ideal candidate will have worked for a retail foods company as a food scientist and/or in foods product development
  • Must have knowledge of consumer packaged goods and/or foods product development
  • Ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to provide technical expertise relative to ingredient food science
  • Should provide examples of past product development projects that they have successfully supported
  • Positive, high energy, focused individual who thrives in a fast-paced, multi-faceted, ever-changing environment
  • Must be able to work autonomously on key deliverables
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proactive thinker and problem solver
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and time management skills
  • Computer proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Self-starter with a strong work ethic
  • Must be flexible, adaptable and have demonstrated the willingness to roll up their sleeves
  • Must be a strong team player, with respect for individuals at every level of the organization


Product Development

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