Product Development & Innovation Associate
Simple Mills is a rapidly-growing, Chicago-based food
company that makes delicious baking mixes, crackers, and frostings from
simple, whole-food ingredients. In our company’s short history, we’ve
gained instant consumer acceptance and tremendous momentum in the
marketplace. A few highlights include:
- Baking Mixes: We are the #2
largest natural baking mix company by dollars sold and #1 for dollar
sales per point of ACV in the natural channel and #1 for dollar sales
per TDP in the conventional channel among natural baking mix brands.
- Crackers: We are already the #3
largest natural cracker brand after our launch of crackers in March
2016. Out of the top 20 natural cracker brands, we are the #1 for
dollar sales per TDP in the natural channel.
- Frosting: Launched one of the
only organic frosting products on the market, which is quickly gaining
scale and distribution
- Additional products were
released in February 2017.
- We have retail distribution in
over 7,500 stores nationwide including Whole Foods, Target,
Albertson’s / Safeway, Wegman’s, and
- We have been endorsed by top
press and magazines, including: The New York Times, Forbes, Inc, Grocery Headquarters, Rachel Ray, Health
Magazine, Natural Food Merchandiser, Food Business News, and more.
The Product Development & Innovation Associate will
be a critical role in helping to develop Simple Mills’ products. The
position will work on both new and existing Simple Mills products.
Responsibilities will include:
- Partnering with the CEO to
develop new Simple Mills recipes, identify iterations, and solve
potential recipe challenges.
- Channeling creative ideas and
solutions from across to organization to improve the flavor, texture,
nutrition, quality, or cost profile of Simple Mills products.
- Partnering with the Vice
President of Manufacturing to commercialize new products or make
modifications to existing products in the manufacturing facilities.
- Working with the Procurement
Manager to source and test unconventional natural ingredients to help
solve for product parameters.
- Identifying and partnering with
outside food scientists to gain additional expertise as necessary.
- At minimum 3 years’ experience
in food science or a related position
- BS Degree or equivalent
(ideally in food science, engineering, or related field)
- Advanced Excel proficiency
(ability to structure data, utilize advanced formulas, analyze data,
manipulate and cross-reference different sheets)
- Structured thinking processes
to methodically test sets of variables
- A passion for natural food and
healthy eating as well as a desire to change the way we think about
- A strong attention to detail,
tenacity, and a strong sense of urgency
- The position requires 20 – 40%
B enefits of
Working at Simple Mills:
- Make a huge impact as a key member
of an emerging brand that’s changing the way we eat and facing
- A smaller team with the ability
to make a huge impact on the business. We all wear many different hats
and are super- passionate about healthy, tasty food, and delivering
Simple Mills products into every consumer’s hands!
- Delicious, real food goodies
that you’ll struggle to keep your hands off of!
Compensation will be competitive for the ideal
candidate. The position is for an immediate start in Chicago. Interested
candidates should send resume and cover letter. For your cover letter,
we’re most interested in knowing why you want to join the Simple Mills
team, any relevant skills for the position and two food brands you admire
most (and why). And as a fun aside, we’d love to know what foods we would
find in your kitchen if we paid you a surprise visit today!
Job Type: Full-time