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Product Development & Innovation Associate/Food Scientist - Food Industry
Simple Mills, Inc. - Chicago, IL




Product Development & Innovation Associate

Company Description:

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 Sprouts.
  • 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.

Role Description:

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.

Position Requirements:

  • 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 ingredient labels
  • A strong attention to detail, tenacity, and a strong sense of urgency
  • The position requires 20 – 40% travel.

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 explosive growth.
  • 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

Job Location:

  • Chicago, IL

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

Required experience:

  • food science: 3 years

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