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Food Scientist - Downers Grove, IL

 

 

 

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Date: Mar 8, 2016

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US

Company: ConAgra Foods

Build your career at ConAgra Foods.  At ConAgra Foods, we make great food — everyday food — in extraordinary ways, which is why we’re creating meaningful career opportunities for the best and the brightest. Whether you’re a recent graduate or an experienced professional, ConAgra Foods provides extraordinary job opportunities for growth with competitive salaries and benefits in an exciting, fast-paced workplace.

Position Summary: Provide technical expertise and leadership on product development activities across all multiple product categories in support of the McDonald’s Business Unit. Carry out strategic initiatives that directly influence the achievement of business objectives. Effectively build and maintain strong relationships with both internal and external partners under limited supervision.

 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Execute product development for activities across designated product categories including benchtop prototypes, hands on plant testing, and scale-up.
  • Assist in the coordination of all aspects including nutrition information, ingredient statements, packaging and labeling issues, customer required documentation, etc.
  • Support product development activities for secondary categories as needed
  • Partner with the McDonald’s Culinary Team to translate Gold Standard recipes into commercially viable new products for McDonald’s across the globe.
  • Work with the plants to define quality standards for key attributes, write specifications.
  • Execution of testing and implementing continuous improvement, contingency improvement and cost savings opportunities for McDonald’s products
  • Support the Field Service team to test and deliver restaurant innovation across all core product areas.
  • Proactively develop new products for McDonald’s while adhering to international regulatory requirements
  • Partner with product development teams from other suppliers on continuous improvement projects for McDonald’s
  • Participate in Central Location testing, sensory evaluation testing and market blitzes for new and core products.
  • Participate at Regional and Worldwide McDonald’s conventions and meetings as appropriate.
  • Prepare written and oral technical presentations for internal and external customers.
  • Act as a subject matter expert in training management as well as hourly employees on technical issues that will aid in their decision-making and job performance and lead to higher quality products for the customer.
  • Design and improve sensory evaluation procedures for new and core products.
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time, primarily domestic

 

Position Requirements:

  • BS in Food Science or related field with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in product development required, MS preferred
  • Experience with Foodservice product development desirable
  • Good understanding of food science and technology principles, and ability to apply them in product development and commercialization
  • Exposure within a broad range of product categories
  • Understanding of generating nutrition information, ingredient statements, packaging and labeling issues
  • Experience supporting McDonald’s Menu Innovation process and knowledge of McDonald’s restaurant operations around the world strongly preferred
  • Ability to taste and distinguish sensory characteristics of many different types of products
  • Proven ability to manage mulitiple projects concurrently
  • Ability to influence enterprise RQI team
  • Global regulatory awareness
  • Knowledge of financial aspects of food and restaurant business
  • Strong coordination skills and ability to excel in a fluid, cross-functional team environment
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) and influencing skills
  • Strong presentation skills both to customers and internal contacts
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time


Physical Requirements:

  • Exposure to manufacturing processes and equipment for periodic extended workdays.
  • Ability to lift up to 60 lbs. on a regular basis.
  • Driving a company or rental automobile 4 to 6 hours as needed

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Disclaimer

This position description is not intended, and should not be construed to be, an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the job.  It is intended, however, to be an accurate reflection of those principal job elements essential for making decisions related to job performance, employee development and compensation.  As such, the incumbent may perform other duties and responsibilities as required.

 

ConAgra Foods, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.


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