Minneapolis Office, Minneapolis, MN, US
Summary: This position is responsible for taking new, improved and optimized products from concept through successful commercialization by utilizing skills in formulation, product and consumer testing, and translation from bench to large scale production.
Typical Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Leads technical components of a project by coordinating activities of a cross functional team.
Works with internal ingredient team and external vendors to select raw materials for a given product.
Presents iterative prototypes/concepts to business team members, makes technical recommendations to meet project objectives.
Develops specifications and testing protocol for new products based on critical consumer and customer attributes.
Identifies and presents new and innovative technical solutions and product ideas to the broader organization.
Supports cost savings initiatives through ingredient, product and process optimization.
Provides technical support to Marketing and Sales as required.
Provides troubleshooting support at the plant level as need arises.
Development experience in multiple product categories including Snacks/Salty Snacks.
Strong background in ingredient application.
Experience in product scale up and comfort in a manufacturing environment is critical.
Systems thinker; understands the linkage of activities during commercialization and principles of design for manufacturing.
Understanding of common consumer and market research. Ability to apply insights throughout the development process.
Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer applications to access information, analyze data and solve problems.
Personal and Social Competence
High integrity and honesty, promoting trust in all actions
Effective working relationships with internal/external counterparts: Manufacturing, Quality, Marketing, Supply Chain, Vendors.
Enjoys working in a results-oriented, customer focused, team environment.
Ability to turn around projects at a fast pace.
Flexible with ability to handle changing timelines and priorities.
Creative and change-oriented, willing to constructively challenge the status quo.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
Contribute to an environment of trust and mutual respect.
Maintain a strong commitment to teamwork and concern for others.
Seek growth and learning opportunities.
Maintain a high level of personal responsibility and ownership.
Use effective communication and listening skills.
Maintain a high level of personal accountability and integrity.
Thrive in a roll up your sleeves, entrepreneurial culture.
Education and/or Experience
B.S. or M.S in Food Science or related field.
3+ years progressive product development experience. Previous work in a Consumer Products environment is required.
Working knowledge of Stage Gate commercialization process is desirable.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Valid State Driver's License.
Travel & Physical Demands
Travel between local sites will be required. Overnight travel will be required for press checks. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Individuals must be capable of performing light physical activity as part of the essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical standing, bending, and lifting of product (up to 50 lbs.)
Willingness and ability to travel 15-25%
Benefits and Rewards
The Company offers a competitive salary and benefits package for eligible employees including a premium health plan. 401 (k) retirement plan, and professional development in an open, growing, and supportive work environment. EEO/AA Employer.
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