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Product Development Specialist  15003224 - Chicago, IL


Basic Purpose-The primary responsibilities are to support the Product Development Team by: (1) Assisting in the product development process from ideation through post-product launch; (2) Set-up and execution of product cuttings; (3) Assisting in management of specifications and label approval; (4) Management of reports and supporting documentation.





·        Contribute to Exclusive Brands profitable growth and overall success, with focus on new product innovation, and alignment with overall US Foods strategy.


·        Assist Product Developers in collaboration with Category, Marketing, FSQA and other functions to drive project potential and assure aligned direction on priorities


·        Assist in alignment with key vendors and facilitation of on-boarding new vendors. Build effective relationship with current and potential vendor community


·        Assist in the development of best-in-class food products by ensuring that nutritional attributes, formulas, product and ingredient specifications meet corporate, regulatory, and customer needs


·        Assist Product Developers in performing  product evaluations for training and marketing materials


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






·        4 yr college degree in Food Science and/or Culinology, or equivalent experience in product development-related disciplines required

·        Minimum 1-2 years’ related work experience in CPG, retail, foodservice, or food manufacturing

·        Knowledge of product development and new product  innovation, with some applicable Product Development/Food Science experience

·        Excellent knowledge of HACCP and its application in food industry

·        Strong foundation in the core fundamentals of the culinary arts



·        Strong passion for food

·        Strong sensory evaluation and analysis skills

·        High collaboration and project management skills to work across a broad business base

·        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

·        Work effectively as an individual with supervision or in a team environment

·        Must possess a workable knowledge of MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel

Physical Requirements Must possess a valid driver’s license, be able to sit and stand for long periods of time and be able and willing to travel.

Primary Location

: IL-Chicago Metro-Rosemont


: Full-time   


: Day Job

Job Function

: Food Science

Job Level

: Individual Contributor


: No


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