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Associate Product Developer 14005015 - Chicago, IL

Basic Purpose-To support the development of innovative and consumer driven new exclusive brand products. Assist in the product development process from ideation to product launch formula/spec development and commercialization.

Description

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ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

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

·         Collaborate with Category, Marketing, FSQA and other functions to drive project potential and assure aligned direction on priorities

·         Align with key vendors and facilitate the on-boarding of new vendors. Build effective relationship with the vendor community

·         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.

·         Ensure that specifications, preparation instructions and nutritional information are accurate and complete.

·         Collaborate with the cross functional team to make sure that projects are delivered with the highest quality to the business on agreed timelines and within budget.

·         .Provide support to Marketing events and promotions.

Qualifications

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Education/Training:

· 4 yrs College Degree or equivalent in food science and/or nutrition required

· Minimum 2 years’ related work experience in CPG, retail or foodservice.

· Expertise in product development and new product innovation, with extensive Product Development/Food Science discipline

· Excellent knowledge of HACCP and its application in food industry.

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

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

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

·         strong sensory evaluation and analysis skills

· 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. They must be able to handle multiple priorities while maintaining focus on the bottom line. The candidate must demonstrate a high degree of written and verbal skills and have excellent organization and presentation skills.

· Work effectively as an individual with minimal supervision or as a team member as required

· 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

Schedule

: Full-time

Shift

: Day Job

Job Function

: Brand Management

Job Level

: Individual Contributor

Travel

: No

 

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