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Product Developer  15003223 - IL-Chicago


Basic Purpose-Develops innovative and consumer driven new Exclusive Brand products. Supports existing products through ongoing monitoring and reformulations. Maintains accountability throughout the product development process from ideation to product launch formula/spec development and commercialization.



Contribute to the definition of brand standards in regards to ingredient, nutritional and product attributes.


Contribute to Exclusive Brands profitable growth and overall success, with focus on new offering innovation, and aligned with overall US Foods' strategy.


Use strong technical expertise, portfolio analysis and insight to identify areas for innovation, claims/nutritional potential, improved profitability


Collaborate with category, marketing, FSQA and other functions to drive project potential and assure aligned direction on priorities


Participate in the building of the Exclusive Brand category strategy in conjunction with Category Mgrs. Direct concept development within agreed business and category strategies.


Identify and evaluate key vendors in conjunction with the product development & category teams. Develop vendor strategies based upon current vendor strengths & weaknesses and long-term development requirements. Build effective relationship with the vendor community


Maintain solid technical and business understanding of the competitive set, and emerging technology to help identify gap or opportunity areas for technical point of difference in US Foods' products.


Develop best-in-class nutritional attributes, formulas and product and ingredient specifications that meet corporate, regulatory, and consumer/customer needs.  Ensure that brand integrity and brand strategies are maintained.


Drive for specification ownership and proprietary advantage where applicable to protect investments and block competitive potential.  Understand and use technical intellectual property as a key business protector and value add.


Ensure that projects are delivered with the highest quality to the business on agreed timelines and within budget and are communicated with senior leadership and other stakeholders.


Provide senior technical and business support, mentoring, and possible direct report accountabilities of more junior technical staff


Provide support to marketing events and promotions.


***EOE Race/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Protected Veteran/Disability Status***




Education/Training: Bachelors degree required. Preferably in Food Science or Nutrition 


Related Experience: Minimum 5 year's related work experience in consumer packaged goods, retail or foodservice. Expertise in product development and new product innovation, with extensive product development/food science discipline. Some management experience a plus but not required. Customer focused expertise in the foodservice industry. Prior experience in facilitation of group training is desired.



·        Deep knowledge of HACCP and its application in food industry

·        The candidate must have a strong foundation in the core fundamentals of the culinary arts

·        Strong passion for food and the drive to develop this passion throughout the organization

·        Strong sensory evaluation and analysis skills

·        Strategic decision-making approach to business interests

·        High collaboration and project management skills to work across a broad business base. Ability to influence and translate technical information in a non-technical way to all levels in an organization.  Strong judgement and decision making skillls

·        Highly organized with a strong focus on detail and accuracy. Ability to thrive in a complex, high demand, evolving environment, requiring quick responsiveness. Must be able to handle multiple priorities while maintaining focus on the bottom line. Must demonstrate a high degree of written and verbal skills and have excellent organization and presentation skills 

·        Must be able to work effectively as an individual with minimal supervision or as a team member as required

·        Must possess intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Policy on Third Party Unsolicited Resume Submissions

Any employment agency, person or entity that submits a résumé into this career site or to a hiring manager does so with the understanding that the applicant's résumé will become the property of US Foods. US Foods will have the right to hire that applicant at its discretion without any fee owed to the submitting employment agency, person or entity.

Employment agencies that have fee agreements with US Foods and have been engaged on a search shall submit résumé to the designated US Foods recruiter or, upon US Foods authorization, submit résumé into this career site to be eligible for placement fees.


Primary Location

: IL-Chicago Metro-Rosemont


: Full-time   


: Day Job

Job Function

: Brand Management

Job Level

: Individual Contributor


: No


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