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Product Development Scientist I Bakery Downers Grove, IL

Hillshire Brands




Position Summary:


This position is a key development leadership position that identifies, develops and commercializes new and improved products and platforms of products. This person will have a very strong working knowledge of the commercialization process and is expected to leverage and expand their knowledge related to ingredients, product formulation and food processing. The position will be responsible for assessing emerging ingredient and process technologies and leverage within the organization. The position requires strong project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects at one time. This person will be technical expert to their cross functional partners and a technical mentor to the R&D organization. 



Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  •  Lead multiple innovation and renovation projects from concept through commercialization.
  • Independently plan and execute tests, analyze results and develop new products for the Retail and/or Foodservice businesses.
  • Assess the applicability of new ingredient and process technologies to drive new product innovations or existing product changes such as quality improvements, nutritional enhancement or cost reduction.
  • Provide technical leadership related for the cross functional project teams including support of Marketing, Sales, Operations and Supply Chain.
  • Document work utilizing company tools including Specs, Stagegate and PLM software
  • Support new product innovation efforts by leveraging external resources while staying abreast of current trends and technologies




  • BS, or MS preferred with Bakery science knowledge
  • M.S with no experience, B.S with minimum of 3 years of Bakery experience; or 6+ years of Bakery experience required with no degree.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in the product development process from concept through commercialization
  • Demonstrated project management skills on complex projects working with cross functional teams
  • Demonstrated technical competency through strong written and communication skills
  • Computer literacy essential. Spec development and project management experience helpful





 Product Development

Primary Location

 US-IL-Downers Grove (Metro Chicago)



Education Level

 Bachelor's Degree

Job Level

 Individual Contributor


 Yes, 10 % of the Time


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