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Food Scientist - Lodi, CA



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Date: Oct 28, 2015

Location: Lodi, CA, US

Company: ConAgra Foods

Build your career at ConAgra Foods.  At ConAgra Foods, we make great food — everyday food — in extraordinary ways, which is why we’re creating meaningful career opportunities for the best and the brightest. Whether you’re a recent graduate or an experienced professional, ConAgra Foods provides extraordinary job opportunities for growth with competitive salaries and benefits in an exciting, fast-paced workplace.

Position Summary: Provide technical support and expertise to functional groups to directly influence the achievement of business objectives.  Under direct supervision, researches, conducts experiments, gathers data, develops preliminary findings and prepares specifications and written reports for the commercialization of new products.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Develop products from concepts and follows standardized commercialization set-up procedures and process verifications.
  • Develop technical work plans with timelines, and execute projects according to timelines.
  • Provide sound data and analysis to assure that an appropriate level of technical common sense and discipline are being utilized in business decisions.
  • Prepare and present technical reports, both written and oral, with clear recommendations and topline summaries.
  • Prepare product specifications, playbooks, set-up formulas and technical information into database systems.
  • Coordinate and supervise plant trials and production start-ups.
  • Identify and develop research programs to drive cost optimization through formulation and processing efficiencies.


Position Requirements:

  • BS in Food Science or related field required. MS preferred
  • 2+ years of food industry experience with bakery and fermentation experience preferred.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with quality and efficiency.
  • Demonstrate ability to propose and persuade new research direction to address the business needs of the corporation.
  • Display exceptional competence over a sustained period as evidenced by specific technical accomplishments.
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate well and to effectively influence and interact with others to accomplish research goals.
  • Project management and problem solving experience.
  • Ability to travel including flying to all parts of the U.S.


Physical Requirements:

  • Driving a company or rental automobile as needed.
  • Use of tools, equipment, and machinery
  • Walking, standing, or sitting for extended periods of time
  • Walking and/or standing on various surface types
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs on an occasional basis
  • Climbing to various heights via stairs or ladders on a regular basis.
  • Pushing/pulling
  • Exposure to manufacturing environments for periodic extended work days to include:  loud noise, excessive heat, cold, wet, and slippery conditions.
  • Exposure to flour dust, dirt, fumes, smoke
  • Exposure to bakery smells and food allergens
  • Ability to create and taste products that contain wheat, gluten, nuts, peanuts, eggs, soy and dairy
  • Frequent bending; must be able to move safely and freely around machinery




REQ: 51882


This position description is not intended, and should not be construed to be, an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the job.  It is intended, however, to be an accurate reflection of those principal job elements essential for making decisions related to job performance, employee development and compensation.  As such, the incumbent may perform other duties and responsibilities as required.


ConAgra Foods, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

Nearest Major Market: Stockton
Job Segment: Scientific, Database, Project Manager, Technical Support, Recent Graduate, Engineering, Technology, Entry Level

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