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Product Development Technician – Meals - Minneapolis, MN 




Job Number: 2561
Location(s): Minneapolis, MN 


Food. Purpose. You.

We serve the world by making food people love. As one of the world’s leading food companies, General Mills believes that food should make us better. Food brings us joy and nourishes our lives, connecting us to each other and the earth. General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Yoplait and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, General Mills had global net sales of US$17.6 billion during fiscal 2015.

We seek out the best talent, then give them development resources, support and the chance to lead something big. Choosing a career with General Mills means joining a company where you can make a difference in the lives of millions of people. There is tremendous opportunity here for individuals who want to advance food through innovation and serve the world.

General Mills is looking for a motivated individuals with product development skills to support initiatives for our Meals platform supporting dry dinners and sides (Helpers, Good Table, Potatoes, and Salads) and the the Soup Business Unit (Progresso). This individual will work closely with experienced colleagues to advance projects. This position is a great opportunity for someone who wants to strengthen product development skills & who likes to deliver immediate results. There also will be opportunities to work with consumers and external partners.

Key responsibilities include:

- Product formulation
- Laboratory/bench-top experimentation
- Interaction with suppliers and external partners
- Management of several different projects simultaneously
- Procurement and management of ingredients, specs, PSEs
- Communication and partnership with the technical team & business team

This is a non-exempt position (eligible for overtime).

General Mills is not offering relocation assistance for this position at this time.

Minimum Qualifications:

·         High School Diploma required + 1 years of work experience

·         Strong technical and problem-solving skills

·         Experience with heat sterilization technologies including retort, aseptic processing, and hot-fill-hold is a plus

·         Solid understanding of food science/ingredient functionality and food safety

·         Culinary experience, or minimally, interest in developing culinary skills for product development

·         Familiarity with basic analytical methods

·         Organizational & project management skills; documentation of experiments and results

·         Partnership and communication skills with internal and external partners and with cross-functional team members

·         Proficient in Excel, Word, ELN, PLM, Specs, PSEs

·         Ability to work both independently and in team settings including work on project teams that involve a variety of other functions

·         Ability to take on a wide range of assignments

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelors degree in Agriculture, Agriculture - Dairy/Food, Baking Science, Chemistry, Biology, Communications, Dairy Science, Dietetics, Food Safety, Food Science, Food Science and Industry, Food Science and Technology, Food Technology, Foods and Nutrition, Home Economics, Nutrition, Quality Control, Science - General, Science - Grain, Science - Technology, Statistics, or Sensory preferred


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