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Food Scientist - Disruptive Innovation Team - Naperville, IL

 

 

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Date: Dec 17, 2015

Location: Naperville, 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.

Wanted: Innovative Leaders, Collaborators & Future Creators

Team Disruptive Innovation does more than just create food.  It is a team that explores, designs and creates branded food experiences for people. It is a place for the intellectually curious to explore potential, obliterate boundaries and push out the edges of what can be. The company looks for leaders who can help create inspiring & collaborative entrepreneurial culture that creates impact throughout the enterprise and marketplace. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding imagination. It’s about each person bringing skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving environment.

 

Looking for achievers, leaders and visionaries with an entrepreneurial drive and penchant for making things happen. The ideal candidate is someone who is comfortable with a blank whiteboard, can inspire and lead others through change and is wired to stay up on trends if not create their own.  Holistic thinkers & doers welcome, those who like to generate new ideas and drive action to bring them to life through engaging story telling and internal influence.

 

As a leader in Team Disruptive Innovation, your goal is to create and deliver Instagram-worthy food experiences for consumers by leveraging trends & insights from the world’s greatest culinary experts, researchers, creatives and scientists.

 

 

Position Summary:

As a Food Scientist you partner with the team to develop ideas from white space identification, concept & business case development, go-to-market strategy, through in-market incubation launch. You will work with a group of similarly passionate individuals across Marketing, Consumer Insights, Culinary, Packaging, and Design to create end-to-end product + experience visions across a variety of North Stars for the company.

 


 

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead product development strategy and concept creation for new products including: identification of unmet consumer needs, trends, new product/package concepts, manufacturing strategy, and go-to-market strategy.
  • Connect dots: develop competitively advantaged products by translating trends, unmet consumer needs, category and competitive activity, and technology and manufacturing capabilities.
  • Inspire, lead, and influence cross functional teams, internal stakeholders, senior leaders, and external partners for disruptive new product initiatives
  • Become a thought leader in disruptive product development
  • Serve as an entrepreneurial & innovation ambassador to the organization capable of integrating activities across key functional partners
  • Help to champion and build an innovation culture across RQI, with a special emphasis on building strong connections between Chicago and Omaha.
  • Contribute to a creative, fast-working, autonomous and driven development team
  • Provide judgment and technical expertise to assure that an appropriate level of technical discipline is employed in early-stage business decisions.
  • Identify and approve potential ingredient, manufacturing and comanufacturing suppliers.
  • Assist in facilitation of internal ideation and innovation sessions
  • Assist in & lead projects to improve early innovation process – develop/validate tools for innovation

 

 

Qualifications

  • 3+ years in product development and design.  BS in Food Science or related field, MS preferred. demonstrated success and track record in new product development
  • 3 years of work experience in holistic design and/or innovation.
  • Experience in leading and developing a Design Thinking environment
  • Willingness to roll up your sleeves and do whatever it takes to help your team win
  • Strong team-orientation partnering with cross-functional team
  • Ability to execute methodically while also thinking strategically
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to manage multiple, competing priorities simultaneously
  • Demonstrated analytical and quantitative skills, to back up assumptions and develop business cases, including ability to document requirements and results
  • Demonstrated ability to dive deep in understanding the product, our business, and the competitive landscape
  • Ability to travel frequently to manage prototyping, scale up and commercialization

 

Physical Requirements:

  • Exposure to manufacturing processes and equipment for periodic extended workdays.
  • Ability to lift 25 to 50 lbs
  • Driving a company or rental automobile 4 to 6 hours as needed
  • Ability to stand for sit or stand for extended periods of time
  • No significant food allergies
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of time
  • Drive a company or rental vehicle as needed

 

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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.

 

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: Naperville
Nearest Secondary Market: Chicago
Job Segment: Scientific, Recent Graduate, Engineering, Entry Level

 

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