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Associate Food Scientist - Downers Grove, IL

 

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Date: Dec 10, 2014

Location: Downers Grove, IL, 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: Under direct supervision, researches, conducts experiments, gathers data, develops preliminary findings and prepares written reports for the development of new products beginning at conception through successful commercialization.  Follows established protocols and work plans and drafts for review technical proposals and reports.

 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Conceptualize and develop new products prototypes that deliver project objectives
  • New Product formulation: Formulate new products to match the ingredient statement, nutritional profile and product attributes of the target product. Develop and document the process for the manufacture of the new product. Conduct shelf life studies.
  • Conduct plant trials and new product start-ups.
  • Plan, prioritize and complete tasks effectively and efficiently, executing experiments and prepare results for review with director and/or team.
  • Complete project objectives under the direction of supervisor, independently handling portions of a larger project
  • Learn and utilize on-line specification system. Maintain accurate and complete records, including ingredient and formulation databases.
  • Have strong interaction with internal cross-functional groups as well as with extermal vendors and suppliers

Position Requirements:

  • BS in Food Science or related field required.
  • 1 year relevant work experience, bakery applications a plus
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products.
  • Clear, concise written and verbal communication.
  • Pro-active self-starter, willing to accept responsibility for business tasks.
  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet timelines
  • May travel up to 30% of time.  Must be able to travel independently and as a responsible CAG representative.

 

Physical Requirements:

  • Driving a company or rental automobile 4 to 6 hours as needed.

 

Other Possible Physical Requirements?

  • Use of tools, equipment, and machinery
  • Walking, standing, or sitting for extended periods of time
  • Walking and/or standing on various surface types
  • Lifting (note approximate weight and frequency, e.g. ability to lift 25 lbs on a regular basis, ability to lift up to 50 lbs on a sporadic basis)
  • Climbing to various heights via stairs or ladders on a regular basis.
  • Pushing/pulling
  • Cramped/confined space
  • Exposure to manufacturing environments for periodic extended work days to include:  loud noise, excessive heat, cold, wet, and slippery conditions.
  • Dirt, fumes, smoke
  • smells/allergies
  • food/eating
  • Frequent bending and/or crawling; must be able to move safely and freely around machinery

 

Disclaimer

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.

 

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Req ID: 34168

 

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.


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