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Product Developer – Austin, TX

Whole Foods Market




Job Description

As a Product Developer, you will act as an integral part of the Innovation and Quality team by supporting Exclusive Brand product development, technical requirements and project workflow. Work with the Procurement team to evaluate vendor-proposed product samples and related specifications for new and existing food products and consumer goods. Provide final product information to the Nutrition/Compliance and Specification Analysts.

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  • Lead in the collection and assessment of information on buyer preference, competitor products and other business intelligence to make sound development recommendations on behalf of team.
  • Facilitate project completion by being liaison for product samples and technical specifications in development.
  • Execute product cuttings, benchmarking and periodic ongoing quality reviews of Exclusive Brands products.
  • Conduct research, perform data analysis and provide accurate results and recommendations for final products as necessary.
  • Communicate specification evaluations to Specification Analyst and cross functional team in a timely manner.
  • Perform technical reviews of Nutrition Facts Panels against formulas and vendor specifications.
  • Evaluate, validate and finalize product preparation and cooking instructions for Exclusive Brands products.
  • Track and manage product first production dates and requirements; resolve action items with vendors.
  • Evaluate, approve and release finished product samples for shipment and sale as necessary.
  • Assure accuracy and integrity of information by adhering to WFM core values, quality and brand standards.
  • Resolve quality standards discrepancies and product quality concerns with internal teams and vendors as necessary.
  • Assist with data entry, transfer and workflow of technical information utilizing web-based project management applications.
  • Work on special projects as assigned, such as evaluating competitive product, and application of new policies, processes and technologies.
  • Develop and implement methods and procedures to assist in interdepartmental communication and project monitoring.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Culinary Arts, Nutrition, Quality Assurance or related field strongly preferred.
  • Must have knowledge of Food Science and Nutrition as it relates to CPG products.
  • Must have good understanding of product quality control and assurance.
  • Must possess the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities and deliver against rapid development timelines.
  • Must be detail oriented and extremely organized.
  • Proficient Microsoft Office skills (Outlook, Excel, Work, Visio); database experience preferred.
  • Sensory evaluation experience and skills.
  • Good understanding of product quality control and assurance.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities and deliver against rapid development timelines.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Desired Work Experience

  • 3 years experience working in the consumer packaged goods or ingredient industries.
  • In-depth understanding of product development and related business processes.
  • Experience developing natural and organic products is a plus.
  • A passion for food and strong culinary skills are a plus.
  • Knowledge of food labeling and FDA/USDA regulations is helpful.
  • General understanding of product development, manufacturing and commercialization.
  • Familiarity of retailer web based specification systems would be ideal.

At Whole Foods Market we provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all team members and candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability. Whole Foods Market hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the position to be filled.


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