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Corporate Food Technology Advanced Specialist - Cincinnati, OH

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Date: Jul 2, 2015

Location: Cincinnati, OH, US, 45202

Company: Kroger

Company Name: Kroger Manufacturing
Position Type: Employee
FLSA Status: Exempt


Position Summary:

Provide leadership and depth of knowledge in food technology regarding product development, product quality maintenance, and technical service. Role model and demonstrate the company's core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety of others.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Follow regulatory and technological changes that affect the food industry by maintaining professional contacts with peers in industry, universities, and government agencies.
  • Evaluate and recommend new processes/new equipment, and technologies that may be appropriate to manufacturing, distribution, quality assurance and retailing within The Kroger Co.
  • Develop new products and processes, improve existing processes while containing costs and maintaining product quality.
  • Provide technical assistance to Kroger manufacturing plants in the areas of analytical and processing techniques for new product development, new process development, and technical service.
  • Partner with Corporate Technology, Retail, and Manufacturing staff in leading problem identification and resolution.
  • Resolve differences in manufacturing processes between various operations to improve quality and costs of products, and operational efficiency.
  • Demonstrate excellence in project planning, execution, and timing through project evaluation and use of available resources to expedite project completion.
  • Initiate programs to keep Kroger plants current in ingredients, processing and packaging.
  • Perform bench top product development, pilot plant development work, conduct plant trials of new products and processes, and make recommendations for needed changes.
  • Reduce ingredient and manufacturing costs of existing products while maintaining or improving product quality.
  • Provide information on testing techniques and quality assurance procedures for plants; audit product quality, plant conditions, and consumer comments; and initiate correcting deficiencies.
  • Prepare and maintain raw material, in-process, purchased products and finished product specifications documents.
  • Supervise and coach direct reports in the performance of their duties; complete performance reviews and provides feedback to direct reports.
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Minimum Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Food Science or related field.
  • Demonstrated excellence in project planning, problem solving and execution .
  • 3-7 years' experience in Product Development and/or plant production.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proven leadership skills.
  • Ability to travel independently.

Desired Previous Job Experience

  • Experience in manufacturing environment.


Education Level: Bachelor's Required
Required Travel: Up to 25%
Required Certifications/Licenses: None
Position Type: Full-Time
Regions: General Office- Cincinnati

States: Indiana




Jobs at Kroger Manufacturing: Through quality products, strong individual commitments and team spirit, Kroger has been established as a leader in the manufacturing industry. Kroger Manufacturing provides career development programs aligned with aspirations in Engineering, Process Management, Information Systems, Quality Assurance, Operations Management, Human Resources, Finance and Procurement. Our work force programs provide technically challenging rotations with cross-functional teams, plants and locations to allow our Associates to learn from some of the brightest minds in the business. Experience and training combined with mentoring and guidance from plant sponsors prepare our Associates with the skills and leadership behaviors needed to achieve a successful career at Kroger.



Company Overview
Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs more than 368,000 associates who serve customers in 2,641 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's.  The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 327 fine jewelry stores, 1,218 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food processing plants in the U.S.  Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber's Million Dollar Club.

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