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Food Scientist - Omaha, NE
ConAgra Foods 




Date: Dec 2, 2016

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.

Position 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 manufactured;

        Knowledge of raw material components, their variability, and synergistic effects on finished product;

        Knowledge of those product attributes that vary during production;

        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.

 Position Responsibilities:

        Lead  new and existing shelf stable product development initiatives for the Slim Jim and Penrose brands. 

        Formulate products to achieve nutritional profile, ingredient statement, and product attributes of the target product.

        Processes product recipe changes and maintain accurate records of change.

        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 manufacturing.

Position Requirements:

        BS in Food Science or related field required.

        Minimum 4 years experience

        Experience in Product Development or related field at a food company required

        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.

Nearest Major Market: Omaha 
Nearest Secondary Market: Council Bluffs 
Job Segment: Scientific, Oracle, Database, ERP, Food Safety, Engineering, Technology, Quality


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