Scientist - Omaha, NE
Location: Omaha, NE, US
If you're the kind of person who
wants to be part of cultivating the most energized, highest-impact culture in
the food industry, where you have the opportunity to work on iconic and
emerging food brands, then Conagra Brands is the
place for you.
Summary: Under limited
supervision researches, gathers data, develops preliminary findings and
prepares written reports for the development of new meat products beginning
at conception through successful commercialization. Contributes to the
creation, maintenance, and review of integrated recipes for new or existing
items that include: specifications, materials, formulas, equipment, quality
and process information for R&D, plant, co-packers and suppliers.
Develops project timelines, creates technical proposals, reports and makes
recommendations. Execute research to establish specifications and
process requirements for meat items using knowledge of the properties of both
meat products and finished consumer products, namely:
An in-depth knowledge of the attributes of the meat product
Knowledge of raw material components, their variability, and
synergistic effects on finished product;
Knowledge of those product attributes that vary during
Knowledge of the relationship between production variability
and consumer acceptance
Identification of the tolerable limits (levels/intensities) of
product variability, in each attribute, which provide expected consumer
acceptance and allow Conagra Supply Chain to be
efficient in manufacturing; and
Knowledge of competitive set for meat snacks category
Development and commercialization of meat items, working
within and outside of Conagra plants, to meet
specifications established above.
Lead new and existing shelf
stable product development initiatives for the Slim Jim and Penrose
Formulate products to achieve nutritional profile, ingredient
statement, and product attributes of the target product.
Processes product recipe changes and maintain accurate records
Develop finished product and manufacturing process
specifications using SAP, Oracle, and other programs as needed.
Develops plan to collect analytical data to support NLEA
Labeling requirements, and implements nutritional labeling claims or
certification processes as needed on new or existing products.
Build and deliver against product development schedules in
order to meet project timelines.
Conduct plant trials and new product start-ups independently.
Collaborate with cross functional team including processing,
marketing, finance, packaging and brand design, procurement, and
BS in Food Science or related field required.
Minimum 4 years experience
Experience in Product Development or related field at a food
Proven ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Products.
Good understanding of food industry standards of quality and
food safety, and FDA regulations.
Ability to independently manage project work.
Demonstrate ability to communicate well and to effectively
influence and interact with others to accomplish research goals.
Up to 25% travel including flying in US, possibly
overseas. Must be able to travel independently and as a responsible Conagra Brands representative.
Conagra Brands, 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.
Major Market: Omaha
Secondary Market: Council
Segment: Scientific, Oracle, Database, ERP, Food Safety,
Engineering, Technology, Quality